[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Nilotinib (AMN-107, Tasigna) is a small-molecule inhibitor of BCR/ABL, approved for chronic myelogenous leukemia. We developed and validated, according to FDA-guidelines, an LC-MS assay for sensitive, accurate and precise quantitation of nilotinib in 0.2 mL human plasma or serum. After acetonitrile protein precipitation, separation is achieved with a hydro-Synergi column and a 0.1% formic acid in methanol/water-gradient. Detection uses electrospray, positive-mode ionization mass spectrometry. Between 5 (LLOQ) and 5000 ng/mL, accuracy (92.1-109.5%), intra-assay precision (2.5-7.8%), and inter-assay precision (0-5.6%)) were within FDA limits. We demonstrated the suitability of this assay by quantitating plasma concentrations of nilotinib in a healthy volunteer after oral administration of 400 mg nilotinib.
Preview · Article · Aug 2009 · Journal of chromatography. B, Analytical technologies in the biomedical and life sciences