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Quantification of fudosteine in human plasma by high-performance liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization mass spectrometry employing precolumn derivatization with 9-fluorenylmethyl chloroformate.

This paper describes a novel method for the sensitive and selective determination of fudosteine in human plasma. The method involves a derivatization step with 9-fluorenylmethyl chloroformate (FMOC-Cl) in borate buffer and detection based on high-performance liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (LC/ ESI/MS). After acetonitrile-induced protein precipitation of plasma samples, fudosteine was derivatized with FMOC-Cl, then extracted by ethyl acetate, evaporated, reconstituted and injected using an LC/ ESI/MS instrument. Separation was achieved using an ODS column and isocratic elution. Excellent linearity was obtained for the entire calibration range from 0.05 to 20 microg/ml. Validation assays of the lower limit of quantification (LLOQ) as well as for the intra- and inter-batch precision and accuracy met the international acceptance criteria for bioanalytical method validation. Using the developed analytical method, fudosteine could be detected for the first time in human plasma with a low limit of detection (LLOD) of 0.03 microg/ml. The proposed method has been successfully applied to study the pharmacokinetics of fudosteine in healthy Chinese volunteers after single and multiple oral administration.[1]


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