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See detailSimultaneous determination of insulin and its analogues in pharmaceutical formulations by micellar electrokinetic chromatography
Lamalle, Caroline ULg; Servais, Anne-Catherine ULg; RADERMECKER, Régis ULg et al

in Journal of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Analysis (2015)

A simple and efficient MEKC method was developed to simultaneously determine human insulin, its five analogues, the main degradation products and the excipients usually present in injection formulations ... [more ▼]

A simple and efficient MEKC method was developed to simultaneously determine human insulin, its five analogues, the main degradation products and the excipients usually present in injection formulations. A very fast method with a total analysis time of 3 min was then successfully validated for the analysis of human insulin and the quality control of different commercial formulations was carried out. [less ▲]

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See detailDéveloppement de méthodes séparatives pour détecter la contrefaçon de molécules biosynthétiques comme l'insuline et les GHRP
Lamalle, Caroline ULg; Baptiste, Emeline; Marini Djang'Eing'A, Roland ULg et al

in Spectra Analyse (2014), 43

Counterfeiting is a widespread problem in the world. The medicines, like insulin or GHRP, need a strict quality control. Capillary electrophoresis and liquid chromatography methods were developed to ... [more ▼]

Counterfeiting is a widespread problem in the world. The medicines, like insulin or GHRP, need a strict quality control. Capillary electrophoresis and liquid chromatography methods were developed to analyze these peptides. The human insulin and its different analogues (lispro, aspart, glulisin, glargin and detemir) were separated by MEKC within 15 minutes. The GHRP-2 and -6 were separated by HPLC also in 15 minutes. Several samples of GHRP-6 were analyzed and non-compliances were reported. These analytical approaches seem to be promising to fight against the counterfeiting of such medicines. [less ▲]

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See detailMicellar electrokinetic chromatography against the counterfeiting of insulin formulations
Lamalle, Caroline ULg; Servais, Anne-Catherine ULg; Crommen, Jacques ULg et al

Poster (2014)

Insulin plays an important role in the homeostasis of blood glucose concentration. A deficiency of this hormone causes diabetes, which can be treated by subcutaneous injection of synthetic insulin ... [more ▼]

Insulin plays an important role in the homeostasis of blood glucose concentration. A deficiency of this hormone causes diabetes, which can be treated by subcutaneous injection of synthetic insulin. Besides human regular insulin, several modified analogues have been developed to accelerate (Lispro, Aspart, Glulisin) or delay (Glargin, Detemir) its absorption. Moreover, protamine is sometimes associated with human, Lispro or Aspart insulin to give a crystalline form, which delays the action of insulin, providing it with a prolonged absorption profile after injection. Diabetes is one of the most common metabolic diseases in the world; its prevalence increases continuously. A lot of patients are therefore concerned with the treatment, which is relatively expensive and requires a prescription. Some pharmaceutical formulations can sometimes be found without prescription on the parallel market but the risk of drug counterfeiting is then considerably increased. The poor quality of these drugs can lead to harmful consequences for the public health. It is therefore essential to develop a suitable method for the identification and quantification of human insulin and its analogues inside formulations. Ortner et al. [1] have already proposed micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC) methods to detect simultaneously human insulin and its five analogues but no quantitative applications were presented. Furthermore, formulations containing protamine were not tested so we included them in our study. The first optimisation step involved the sample preparation procedure. An acidic sample solution (10 mM HCl) was finally selected to solubilise protamine and Glargin. Then the background electrolyte composition was investigated to separate the components present in the formulations. A basic buffer (50 mM ammonium acetate pH 9) was selected, providing an important and stable electroosmotic flow, a negative charge to the insulins and avoiding any adsorption to the capillary wall. The addition of sodium dodecylsulfate (SDS) and acetonitrile (ACN) was also found crucial for selectivity. With 50 mM SDS and 15% ACN the six insulins and the two major excipients (phenol and meta-cresol) were fully separated within 15 minutes. This method was then entirely validated for the human insulin and the quality control of related formulations was performed. The next step will be the validation and the quantification of the other analogues. [less ▲]

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See detailIn-capillary derivatization with (-)-1-(9-fluorenyl)ethyl chloroformate as chiral labeling agent for the electrophoretic separation of amino acids.
Fradi, Ines ULg; Farcas, Elena ULg; Said, Azza Ben et al

in Journal of chromatography. A (2014), 1363

An original micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC) method using in-capillary derivatization with a chiral labeling reagent was developed for the separation of amino acid (AA) derivatives. The ... [more ▼]

An original micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC) method using in-capillary derivatization with a chiral labeling reagent was developed for the separation of amino acid (AA) derivatives. The potential of (-)-1-(9-fluorenyl)-ethyl chloroformate (FLEC) as in-capillary derivatization agent is described for the first time. Several parameters for in-capillary derivatization and subsequent MEKC separation were systematically investigated using experimental designs. Firstly experimental conditions for in-capillary derivatization were optimized using face-centered central composite design (FCCD). Mixing voltage and time as well as concentration of the labeling solution were investigated. Efficient labeling was achieved by sequential injection of AAs and FLEC labeling solution followed by the application of a voltage of 0.2kV for 570s. The background electrolyte (BGE) composition was then optimized in order to achieve selectivity. A FCCD was performed with two factors, namely the sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) concentration and the percentage of propan-2-ol (IPA). The separation of 12 pairs of derivatized AA (FLEC-AA) diastereomers was achieved with resolution values comprised between 3 and 20. Furthermore, an efficient derivatization and separation of 29 FLEC-AA derivatives were achieved in a single run using a buffer made up of 40mM sodium tetraborate, 21mM SDS and 8.5% IPA. The method was successfully applied to the analysis of spiked artificial cerebrospinal fluid (aCSF) sample. [less ▲]

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See detailL’électrophorèse capillaire micellaire pour la détermination simultanée de l’insuline et de ses analogues dans des formulations pharmaceutiques
Lamalle, Caroline ULg; Servais, Anne-Catherine ULg; Crommen, Jacques ULg et al

Poster (2013, June)

L’insuline joue un rôle important dans l’homéostasie de la concentration sanguine en glucose. Un déficit de cette hormone cause le diabète (de type I) qui peut être traité par injection sous-cutanée ... [more ▼]

L’insuline joue un rôle important dans l’homéostasie de la concentration sanguine en glucose. Un déficit de cette hormone cause le diabète (de type I) qui peut être traité par injection sous-cutanée d’insuline synthétique. En plus de l’insuline humaine, plusieurs analogues ont été développés pour accélérer son absorption (Lispro, Aspart, Glulisin) ou la retarder (Glargin, Detemir). La protamine est également parfois utilisée avec l’insuline humaine, Lispro ou Aspart pour former un complexe et augmenter la durée d’action. Le diabète est une des maladies métaboliques les plus courantes dans le monde; la prévalence ne cesse de s’élever. Beaucoup de patients sont donc concernés par le traitement qui est relativement cher et nécessite une ordonnance. Certaines formulations pharmaceutiques peuvent être trouvées sans ordonnance sur le marché parallèle mais la possibilité de contrefaçon existe. Et la mauvaise qualité de ces médicaments peut entrainer des conséquences néfastes pour la santé publique. Il est donc essentiel de développer une méthode permettant l’identification et la quantification de l’insuline humaine et de ses analogues. Ortner et al. [1] ont déjà proposé une méthode par électrophorèse capillaire micellaire (MEKC) pour séparer simultanément l’insuline humaine et ses 5 analogues, mais ils n’analysaient pas les formulations à base de protamine. Le nombre de ces formulations n’étant pas négligeable, nous les avons incluses dans notre étude. La première étape d’optimisation a été la préparation de l’échantillon. Une solution acide (0.01M d’HCl) a finalement été choisie pour solubiliser la protamine et la Glargine. Ensuite, la composition du background electrolyte a été investiguée pour séparer les composants des formulations. Un tampon basique (50mM d’acétate d’ammonium à pH 9) a été choisi, engendrant un flux électroosmotique important et stable, une charge négative à l’insuline et empêchant l’adsorption à la paroi du capillaire. L’addition de dodécyl sulfate de sodium et d’acétonitrile s’est ensuite révélée déterminante pour la sélectivité. Les 6 insulines et les 2 excipients majeurs (le phénol et le m-crésol) ont été complètement séparés endéans 15 minutes. La méthode précitée a ensuite été adaptée pour permettre la séparation de chaque insuline et de ses produits de dégradation. [less ▲]

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See detailSimultaneous determination of insulin and its analogues in pharmaceutical formulations by micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC)
Lamalle, Caroline ULg; Servais, Anne-Catherine ULg; Crommen, Jacques ULg et al

Poster (2013)

Insulin plays an important role in the homeostasis of blood glucose concentration. A deficiency of this hormone causes diabetes, which can be treated by subcutaneous injection of synthetic insulin ... [more ▼]

Insulin plays an important role in the homeostasis of blood glucose concentration. A deficiency of this hormone causes diabetes, which can be treated by subcutaneous injection of synthetic insulin. Besides human regular insulin, several modified analogues have been developed to accelerate (Lispro, Aspart, Glulisin) or delay (Glargin, Detemir) its absorption. Moreover, protamine is sometimes associated with human, Lispro or Aspart insulin to give a crystalline form, which delays the action of insulin, providing it with a prolonged absorption profile after injection. Diabetes is one of the most common metabolic diseases in the world; its prevalence increases continuously. A lot of patients are therefore concerned with the treatment, which is relatively expensive and requires a prescription. Some pharmaceutical formulations can sometimes be found without prescription on the parallel market but the risk of drug counterfeiting is then considerably increased. The poor quality of these drugs can lead to harmful consequences for the public health. It is therefore essential to develop a suitable method for the identification and quantification of human insulin and its analogues. Ortner et al. have already proposed micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC) methods to analyse simultaneously human insulin and its five analogues but formulations containing protamine were not tested. Since the number of these formulations is significant, we included them in our study. The first optimisation step involved the sample preparation procedure. An acidic sample solution (0.01 M HCl) was finally selected to solubilise protamine and Glargin. Then the background electrolyte composition was investigated to separate the components present in the formulations. A basic buffer (50 mM ammonium acetate pH 9) was selected, providing an important and stable electroosmotic flow, a negative charge to insulin and related compounds and avoiding any adsorption to the capillary wall. The addition of sodium dodecyl sulfate and acetonitrile were also found crucial for selectivity. The six insulins and the two major excipients (phenol and m-cresol) were fully separated within 15 minutes The aforementioned method was then adapted to permit the separation of each insulin from its degradation products. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of a generic micellar electrokinetic chromatography method for the separation of 15 antimalarial drugs as a tool to detect medicine counterfeiting
Lamalle, Caroline ULg; Marini Djang'Eing'A, Roland ULg; Debrus, Benjamin ULg et al

in Electrophoresis (2012), 33

Since antimalarial drugs counterfeiting is dramatically present on the African market, the development of simple analytical methods for their quality control is of great importance. This work consists in ... [more ▼]

Since antimalarial drugs counterfeiting is dramatically present on the African market, the development of simple analytical methods for their quality control is of great importance. This work consists in the CE analysis of 15 antimalarials (artesunate, artemether, amodiaquine, chloroquine, piperaquine, primaquine, quinine, cinchonine, mefloquine, halofantrine, sulfadoxine, sulfalen, atovaquone, proguanil, and pyrimethamine). Since all these molecules cannot be ionized at the same pH, MEKC was preferred because it also allows separation of neutral compounds. Preliminary experiments were first carried out to select the most crucial factors affecting the antimalarials separation. Several conditions were tested and four parameters as well as their investigation domain were chosen: pH (5–10), SDS concentration (20–90 mM), ACN proportion (10–40%), and temperature (20–35°C). Then, the experimental design methodology was used and a central composite design was selected. Mathematical modeling of the migration times allowed the prediction of optimal conditions (29°C, pH 6.6, 29 mM SDS, 36% ACN) regarding analyte separation. The prediction at this optimum was verified experimentally and led to the separation of 13 compounds within 8 min. Finally, the method was successfully applied to the quality control of African antimalarial medicines for their qualitative and quantitative content. [less ▲]

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See detailMigration behaviour study of charged and uncharged compounds in micellar electrokinetic chromatography systems containing various proportions of SDS micelles and acetonitrile as organic modifier
Lamalle, Caroline ULg; Servais, Anne-Catherine ULg; Crommen, Jacques ULg et al

Poster (2012)

In 1984, Terabe and co-workers introduced a modified version of CZE, called micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC), in which surfactant-formed micelles are included in the running buffer providing ... [more ▼]

In 1984, Terabe and co-workers introduced a modified version of CZE, called micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC), in which surfactant-formed micelles are included in the running buffer providing a two phases chromatographic system for the separation of neutral compounds. Depending on their hydrophobicity, compounds can interact with the core of the micelles. Many MEKC methods have been described for the separation of neutral and basic compounds and for various applications. However, the migration behaviour of cationic, anionic and neutral analytes mixture is not well established regarding to the surfactant concentration and to the proportion of organic solvent in the background electrolyte (BGE). With such a mixture, it is important to remember that the separation of charged solutes in MEKC involves a combination of chromatographic and electrophoretic separation mechanisms. Moreover, it is worth noting that with charged analytes, two kinds of interactions with the micelles may occur; not only with the hydrophobic core but also with the head groups of the micelles through electrostatic interactions. In systems in which the surfactant has an opposite charge to that of the solute, ion pairing may occur. On the contrary, when a solute and the surfactant have similar charges, coulombic forces may cause the repulsion of these molecules. The goal of this study is to improve our understanding of the migration behaviour of charged and uncharged analytes in MEKC systems. With this aim in view, effective mobility (electrophoretic mobility under the influence of micelles) of neutrals, cations and anions were mesured at neutral, basic and acidic pH with BGE containing different SDS concentrations and ACN proportions. This study is also focused on the changes of migration order between CZE and MEKC systems using different BGE compositions. In the MEKC systems investigated in the study, SDS concentration and ACN proportion show a tremendous effect on the effective mobilities and migration order of the model compounds. While anions interact very weakly with SDS micelles, neutrals and cations interact with SDS through hydrophobic and ionic bonds. These interactions become stronger with the increase of SDS concentration and weaker with high ACN proportion. With 20 mM of SDS in the BGE, CZE behaviour is observed till 40% of ACN. But, when the SDS concentration is high and the ACN proportion is low, the migration order of analytes is reversed compared to CZE: EOF first, then the anions, followed by the neutrals and finally the cations. The migration order inside each group (cations, neutrals and anions) depends on the hydrophobicity of the analytes. Different organic solvents were also investigated to study the ion-pair formation. Those observations confirm the interest of using MEKC not only for the separation of neutral compounds but also variously charged analytes. [less ▲]

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See detailMicellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC) systems for the separation of mixtures of charged and uncharged compounds
Lamalle, Caroline ULg; Servais, Anne-Catherine ULg; Fradi, Inès et al

Poster (2012)

The migration behaviour of charged and uncharged analytes in MEKC was investigated under different conditions. Effective mobilities – electrophoretic mobilities under the influence of the negatively ... [more ▼]

The migration behaviour of charged and uncharged analytes in MEKC was investigated under different conditions. Effective mobilities – electrophoretic mobilities under the influence of the negatively charged micelles – of cations, anions and neutrals were measured at neutral, basic and acidic pH values (7.5, 11 and 2.2) using background electrolytes containing different sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) concentrations (0-90 mM) and acetonitrile proportions (0-75 %, v/v). The SDS concentration and acetonitrile proportion were found to have a tremendous effect on the effective mobilities and the migration order of the tested compounds. Although the SDS micelles interact more strongly with neutrals and cations, the migration of anionic compounds is also affected by the SDS concentration, indicating that hydrophobic interactions can occur between the micelles and these compounds. Since cationic, anionic and neutral solutes exhibit rather different migration behaviours, it is possible to considerably enhance the separation selectivity by properly adjusting the SDS concentration and the acetonitrile proportion in the background electrolyte. These observations confirm the interest of using MEKC not only for the separation of neutral substances but also for the analysis of mixtures of charged compounds. [less ▲]

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See detailMicellar electrokinetic chromatography systems for the separation of mixtures of charged and uncharged compounds
Lamalle, Caroline ULg; Servais, Anne-Catherine ULg; Fradi, Ines ULg et al

in Journal of Separation Science (2012), 35(15), 1933-1939

In this study, the migration behavior of charged and uncharged analytes was investigated under different conditions. Effective mobilities - electrophoretic mobilities under the influence of micelles - of ... [more ▼]

In this study, the migration behavior of charged and uncharged analytes was investigated under different conditions. Effective mobilities - electrophoretic mobilities under the influence of micelles - of cations, anions, and neutrals were measured at neutral, basic, and acidic pH (7.5, 11, and 2.2) using background electrolytes containing different sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) concentrations (0-90 mM) and acetonitrile (ACN) proportions (0-75%). SDS concentration and ACN proportion were found to have a tremendous effect on the effective mobilities and migration order of the model compounds. Although the SDS micelles preferably interact with neutrals and cations, hydrophobic bonds can also occur with anions. Cations, anions, and neutrals having rather different migration behaviors, it is possible to considerably enhance the selectivity of the method by adjusting properly the SDS concentration and the ACN proportion. These observations confirm the interest of using micellar electrokinetic chromatography not only for the separation of neutral substances but also to analyze charged compounds. [less ▲]

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See detailChemo- and enantio-selective method for the analysis of amino acids by capillary electrophoresis with in-capillary derivatization.
Fradi, Ines ULg; Servais, Anne-Catherine ULg; Lamalle, Caroline ULg et al

in Journal of Chromatography. A (2012), 1267

A novel dual chiral CE method was developed for the separation of l- and d-amino acids (AAs), using in-capillary derivatization with 9-fluoroenylmethyl chloroformate (FMOC). Firstly, using pre-column ... [more ▼]

A novel dual chiral CE method was developed for the separation of l- and d-amino acids (AAs), using in-capillary derivatization with 9-fluoroenylmethyl chloroformate (FMOC). Firstly, using pre-column derivatization, the enantioseparation of FMOC-AAs was optimized according to the nature of cyclodextrins (CD). A background electrolyte (BGE) composed of 30mM beta-CD, 30mM octakis(2,3-dihydroxy-6-O-sulfo)-gamma-CD (OS-gamma-CD), 40mM tetraborate and 15% isopropanol (IPA) was selected and led to 17 baseline resolved pairs (R(s)=1.7-5.8) and two partially resolved pairs (Lys, R(s)=0.5 and Arg, R(s)=1.2). Experimental conditions for in-capillary derivatization were then optimized. Several parameters, such as mixing voltage and time, concentration of labeling solution and the length of the spacer plug were studied. The optimal conditions for in-capillary derivatization procedure were obtained using successive hydrodynamic injections (30mbar) of AAs for 2s, borate buffer for 4s and 10mM FMOC solution for 6s, followed by a mixing at 3kV for 72s and wait time of 1min. Moreover, a particular attention was paid to improve separation chemoselectivity. The effect on stereoselectivity and chemoselectivity of different factors, such as decrease of pH and tetraborate concentration and the addition of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), was investigated using the in-capillary derivatization procedure. The best separation of a standard mixture of ten AA racemates was observed using a BGE containing 30mM beta-CD, 30mM OS-gamma-CD, 25mM SDS, 40mM sodium tetraborate and 17% IPA. [less ▲]

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See detailContractile and electrophysiological properties of pulmonary artery smooth muscle are not altered in TASK-1 knockout mice.
Manoury, B.; Lamalle, Caroline ULg; Oliveira, R. et al

in Journal of Physiology (2011), 589(13), 3231-3246

The acid-sensitive, two-pore domain K(+) channel, TASK-1, contributes to the background K(+) conductance and membrane potential (Em) of rat and human pulmonary artery (PA) smooth muscle cells (SMC), but ... [more ▼]

The acid-sensitive, two-pore domain K(+) channel, TASK-1, contributes to the background K(+) conductance and membrane potential (Em) of rat and human pulmonary artery (PA) smooth muscle cells (SMC), but its role in regulating tone remains elusive. This study aimed to clarify the role of TASK-1 by determining the functional properties of PA from mice in which the TASK-1 gene was deleted (TASK-1/3 KO), in comparison with wild type (WT) C57BL/6 controls. Small vessel wire myography was used to measure isometric tension developed by intact PA. Em and currents were recorded from freshly isolated PASMC using the perforated patch-clamp technique. Reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) was used to estimate K(+) channel expression. We could find no difference between PA from WT and TASK-1/3 KO TASK KO mice. They showed similar constrictor responses to a range of agonists and K(+) concentrations, the K(+) channel blockers 4-aminopyridine, tetraethylammonuim ions and XE991. Treprostinil, proposed to dilate by activating TASK-1, was just as effective in TASK-1/3 KO arteries. Blocking Ca(2+) influx with nifedipine (1 muM) or levcromakalim (10 muM) had no effect on resting tone in either strain. The resting Em of PASMC and its responses to K(+) channel blockers were unchanged in TASK-1/3 KO mice as were voltage-activated K(+) currents, including the non-inactivating K(+) current (I(KN)) measured at 0 mV. The Em was, however, depolarised in comparison with other species. Mouse I(KN) was much smaller than in rat and showed no sensitivity to pH. The results imply that TASK-1 does not form a functional channel in mouse PASMC. [less ▲]

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See detailA DESIGN SPACE APPROACH TO DEVELOP A GENERIC CE METHOD FOR THE SEPARATION OF 19 ANTIMALARIAL DRUGS
Lamalle, Caroline ULg; Marini Djang'Eing'A, Roland ULg; Debrus, Benjamin ULg et al

Poster (2010, September)

This project consists in analysing different molecules used against malaria by capillary electrophoresis (CE).

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