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Low Field NMR Determination of pKa Values for Hydrophilic Drugs for Students in Medicinal Chemistry

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Institute of Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Universitätsstr. 1, 40225 Duesseldorf, Germany
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Faculty of Occupational Safety, University of Nis, Carnojevica 10A, 18000 Nis, Serbia
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Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Nis, Aleksandra Medvedeva 14, 18000 Nis, Serbia
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Magnetochemistry 2017, 3(3), 29; https://doi.org/10.3390/magnetochemistry3030029
Received: 6 September 2017 / Revised: 15 September 2017 / Accepted: 19 September 2017 / Published: 20 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy)
For an interdisciplinary approach on different topics of medicinal and analytical chemistry, we applied a known experimental pKa value determination method on the field of the bench top nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometry of some known biologically active pyridine-based drugs, i.e., pyridoxine hydrochloride, isoniazid, and nicotine amide. The chemical shifts of the aromatic ring protons in the 1H NMR spectrum change depending on the protonation status. The data were analyzed on dependence of the chemical shifts by different pH (pD) environments and then the pKa values were calculated. The pKa values obtained were in agreement with the literature data for the compounds, searched by the students on web programs available at our university. The importance of the pKa values in protein-ligand interactions and distribution etc. of drugs was brought up to the students’ attention. In addition, by the use of a free web application for pKa values prediction, students calculated the predicted modeled pKa value. The experimental and in-silico approaches enhance the tool box for undergraduate students in medicinal chemistry. View Full-Text
Keywords: pKa value; low field NMR; molecular properties; pharmacokinetics; undergraduate pharmacy students pKa value; low field NMR; molecular properties; pharmacokinetics; undergraduate pharmacy students
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Zivkovic, A.; Bandolik, J.J.; Skerhut, A.J.; Coesfeld, C.; Raos, M.; Zivkovic, N.; Nikolic, V.; Stark, H. Low Field NMR Determination of pKa Values for Hydrophilic Drugs for Students in Medicinal Chemistry. Magnetochemistry 2017, 3, 29.

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