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Oligonucleotide Separations with RP Phases

Feb 04 2019 Read 666 Times

Therapeutic oligos represent an important area of research in the pharmaceutical industry today. These drug candidates are typically 8-50 nucleotides long and contain single-stranded DNA or RNA. Oligonucleotides are typically analysed using ion-pairing chromatography. Oligonucleotides are easily degraded via phosphodiester-cleaving enzymes. However, with a thiophosphate modified phosphate group, the stability significantly increases. Phosphorothioate modified oligos will have a stereocenter at each modified phosphate group, leading to 2n-1 diastereomers, all with an individual retention time in the chromatography. For a 20-nucleotide long oligo, that’s 524 288 species present. The partial resolution of these species results in peak broadening, further complicating chromatographic separation. To resolve the problem, ion-pairing agents with longer alkyl chains can be used.

In a study of the influence of stationary phase and ion-pairing agent on the separation of oligos, Kromasil Phenyl showed to be a very good choice when separating oligonucleotides in general, exhibiting very sharp peaks, and good selectivity.

View these applications on www.kromasil.com/oligos.

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