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Determination of imatinib (Gleevec) in human plasma by solid-phase extraction-liquid chromatography-ultraviolet absorbance detection
Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
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A sensitive HPLC method has been developed for the assay of imatinib in human plasma, by off-line solid-phase extraction followed by HPLC coupled with UV-Diode Array Detection. Plasma (750 microl), with clozapine added as internal standard, is diluted 3 + 1 with water and subjected to a solid-phase extraction on a C18 cartridge. After matrix components elimination with 2000 microl of water (in two aliquots of 1000 microl), imatinib is eluted with 3 x 500 microl MeOH. The resulting eluate is evaporated under nitrogen at room temperature and is reconstituted in 180 microl 50% methanol. A 50 microl volume is injected onto a Nucleosil 100-5 microm C18 AB column. Imatinib is analyzed using a gradient elution program with solvent mixture constituted of methanol and water containing both 0.05% ammonium acetate. Imatinib is detected by UV at 261 nm. The calibration curves are linear between 0.1 and 10 microg/ml. The limit of quantification and detection are 0.05 and 0.01 microg/ml, respectively. The mean absolute recovery of imatinib is 96%. The method is precise with mean inter-day CVs within 1.1-2.4%, and accurate (range of inter-day deviations -0.6 to +0.7%). The method has been validated and is currently being applied in a clinical study assessing the imatinib plasma concentration variability in a population of chronic myeloid leukemia- and gastro-intestinal stromal tumor-patients.
Antineoplastic Agents/*blood Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid/*methods Humans Piperazines/*blood Pyrimidines/*blood Reproducibility of Results Sensitivity and Specificity Spectrophotometry, Ultraviolet/*methods
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