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ABSTRACT: A sensitive and rapid LC-MS/MS method was developed and validated for the determination of levamisole in human plasma. The assay was based on liquid-liquid extraction of analytes from human plasma with ethyl ether. Chromatographic separation was carried on an Agilent HC-C(8) column (150 mm × 4.6 mm, 5 μm) at 40°C, with a mobile phase consisting of acetonitrile-10 mM ammonium acetate (70:30, v/v), a flow rate of 0.5 mL/min and a total run time of 6 min. Detection and quantification were performed by mass spectrometry in the multiple reaction monitoring mode with positive electrospray ionization m/z at 205.1→178.2 for levamisole, and m/z 296.1→264.1 for mebendazole (internal standard). The assay was linear over a concentration range of 0.1-30 ng/mL with a lower limit of quantification of 0.1 ng/mL. The coefficient of variation of the assay precision was less than 8.5%. The assay was successfully used to analyze human plasma samples in a pharmacokinetic study where levamisole was administered as a liniment.
Journal of chromatography. B, Analytical technologies in the biomedical and life sciences 02/2011; 879(5-6):299-303. · 2.78 Impact Factor