Preparation and characterization of PEGylated terlipressin



Terlipressin was chemically modified by reaction with succinimidyl propionate- monomethoxy polyethylene glycol (mPEG-SPA). To determine the PEGylated degree, the position and the optimized condition for PEGylated terlipressin, the reactions were monitored in different pH value buffers at different molar ratios by reversed-phase high performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC). Tryptic digestion and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) was used. The results showed that the amount of mono-PEG-terlipressin was higher at lower pH value and lower content of PEG. Meanwhile, the amount of di-PEG-terlipressin was higher at higher pH value and higher content of PEG under the conditions investigated. The position of PEGylated terlipressin was confirmed by tryptic digestion. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci, 2010