Brian De Borba | Authors

Dionex Corporation

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Fast Determination of Catechins in Tea

Tea, one of the most consumed non-alcoholic drinks worldwide, contains catechins that are powerful antioxidants thought to provide many health benefits, including reduction of cholesterol and obesity, and protection against cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Assaying the Concentration of Cefepime by HPLC with UV Detection

Development of cephalosporin antibiotics has led to compounds with a broad spectrum of activity against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria with low toxicity profiles. Cefepime, a fourth-generation cephalosporin, is a commonly prescribed broad spectrum antibiotic with improved activity against Gram-negative bacteria compared to other commercially available cephalosporins (1). Despite extensive research on this class of drugs, quantitative analysis and purity assays remain problematic (2).

Determination of Cefepime and Related Compounds Using HPLC with UV Detection

Cephalosporins contain a four-member β-lactam ring that is inherently strained and prone to hydrolysis and photolysis, limiting stability and leading to degradation products that may be toxic (1). In addition, synthetic byproducts are generated and persist during production of these antibiotics including cefepime. Analysis of cefepime purity is particularly challenging due to the presence of such isomeric synthetic impurities. The Acclaim® 120 C18, 3 μm can be used to meet and exceed the criteria set by the USP for determining related substances and assaying the purity of cefepime.