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Journal of Chemistry
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 8107140, 6 pages
Research Article

Stability of Epidoxorubicin Hydrochloride in Aqueous Solutions: Experimental and Theoretical Studies

1Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Grunwaldzka 6, 60-780 Poznań, Poland
2Institute of Molecular Physics Polish Academy of Sciences, Smoluchowskiego 17, 60-179 Poznań, Poland
3Department of Modified Antibiotics, Institute of Biotechnology and Antibiotics, Starościńska 5, 02-515 Warszawa, Poland

Correspondence should be addressed to Agnieszka Sobczak

Received 4 January 2017; Accepted 14 June 2017; Published 30 July 2017

Academic Editor: Paula G. De Pinho

Copyright © 2017 Agnieszka Sobczak et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The first-order degradation kinetics of epidoxorubicin were investigated as a function of pH, temperature, and buffers concentrations. The degradation was followed by HPLC. Buffer catalysis was observed in acetate and phosphate buffers. The pH-rate profiles were obtained at 333, 343, 353, and 363 K. The pH-rate expression was , where , , and are the second-order rate constants (mol−1 L s−1) for hydrogen ion activity and for hydroxyl ion activity, respectively, and and are the first-order constants (s−1) for spontaneous reaction under the influence of water. Epidoxorubicin demonstrates the greatest stability in the pH range 3–5. The electrostatic molecular potential orbitals HOMO-LUMO were also defined in order to determine the cause of the reactivity of particular epidoxorubicin molecule domains in solutions with various pH values.