On the Purification of Hematoporphyrin IX and its Acetylated Derivatives

  • Daniel Brault
  • Christine Bizet
  • Olavio Delgado


Hematoporphyrin IX (Hp, Fig. 1a) and especially the related product known as “Hematoporphyrin Derivative or HpD” have been the most used compounds in tumor diagnostic and phototherapy as outlined during this symposium. Also, hematoporphyrin is one of the most common photosensitizer. This situation is disquieting because of the general uncertainty about the purity of hematoporphyrin1 The major impurities of the commercial product are 8(3)-(1-hydro-xyethyl)-3(8)-vinyldeuteroporphyrin (HVD, 2 isomers, Fig. 1b), protoporphyrin (PP, Fig. 1c) and unidentified brown impurities.


General Uncertainty Chloroformic Phase Major Impurity Eluent Flow Rate Hematoporphyrin Derivative 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Brault
    • 1
  • Christine Bizet
    • 1
  • Olavio Delgado
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Biophysique, INSERM U.201, CNRS ERA 951Muséum National d’Histoire NaturelleParisFrance

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