HPLC Separation of Compounds of Catecholamine Pathway

The catecholamine neurotransmitters are amino-acid derivatives of tyrosine. DOPA, tyrosine, phenylalanine, norepinephrine, epinephrine, and dopamine and baseline are resolved on a Primesep 200 column with UV-transparent phosphate buffer. This method can be used for the analysis of catecholamines and related impurities in various matrices. The peak order and retention time can be changed by changing the amount of ACN, buffer concentration and buffer pH. Various buffers can be used to accommodate the desired detection technique. Primesep 200 is a reversed-phase cation-exchange mixed-mode column that can be used for analysis of polar neutral, polar ionizable, polar zwitterionic, hydrophobic neutral, and hydrophobic ionic compounds in the same run. Column can be operated in reverse-phase, cation-exchange, anion-exclusion, HILIC and mixed-modes depending on the mobile phase selection and the nature of the analytes. The column is compatible with LC/MS and does not require the use of ion-pairing reagents.


Column Primesep 200, 4.6x150 mm, 5 µm, 100A
Mobile Phase MeCN/H2O
Buffer TFA, AmFm
Flow Rate 1.0 ml/min
Detection UV, 210 nm


Class of Compounds Drug, Acid, Hydrophilic, Ionizable, Hormone
Analyzing Compounds Tyrosine, DOPA, Phenylalanine, Norepinephrine, Epinephrine, Dopamine
Application Analytes:
DOPA (3,4-dihydroxy-L-phenylalanine)