The Impact of Lipophilicity in Drug Discovery: Rapid Measurements by Means of Reversed-Phase HPLC

  • Constantinos Giaginis
  • Fotios Tsopelas
  • Anna Tsantili-KakoulidouEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1824)


Lipophilicity constitutes a vital physicochemical property in drug design as it is connected with pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic properties as well as toxicological aspects of candidate drugs. Traditional partitioning experiments to determine n-octanol-water coefficients are laborious and time-consuming, while they cannot be reliably performed for highly lipophilic or compounds undergoing degradation. Alternatively, lipophilicity of candidate drugs can be accurately and reproducibly determined using reversed-phase liquid chromatography. In this chapter, the details of protocols for lipophilicity assessment using reversed-phase HPLC, under conditions which provide the best simulation of n-octanol-water partition coefficients, are described.

Key words

Lipophilicity n-Octanol-water partition coefficient Reversed-phase HPLC Extrapolated retention factors n-Octanol as mobile phase additive 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Constantinos Giaginis
    • 1
  • Fotios Tsopelas
    • 2
  • Anna Tsantili-Kakoulidou
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Food Science and Nutrition, School of EnvironmentUniversity of the AegeanMyrinaGreece
  2. 2.Laboratory of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, School of Chemical EngineeringNational Technical University of AthensAthensGreece
  3. 3.Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of PharmacyNational and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Panepistimiopolis, ZografouAthensGreece

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