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J Sep Sci. 2013 Nov;36(21-22):3558-62. doi: 10.1002/jssc.201300828. Epub 2013 Sep 18.

GC-MS/MS method for the quantification of α-cedrene in rat plasma and its pharmacokinetic application.

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  • 1Drug Metabolism and Bioanalysis Laboratory, College of Pharmacy, The Catholic University of Korea, Bucheon, Korea; College of Pharmacy, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea.


α-Cedrene is a pharmacologically active ingredient isolated from the essential oil of cedar. A selective and sensitive GC-MS/MS method was developed for the quantification of α-cedrene in rat plasma for the first time. α-Cedrene was extracted from rat plasma using ethyl acetate at neutral pH. The analytes were determined in selective reaction monitoring mode using MS/MS: m/z 204.3→119.0 for α-cedrene and m/z 146.0→111.0 for 1,4-dichlorobenzene (internal standard). The standard curve was linear (r(2) ≥ 0.995) over the concentration ranges of 5-800 ng/mL. The lower limit of quantification was 5 ng/mL using 50 μL of rat plasma. The coefficient of variation and relative error for intra- and interassays at four quality control levels were 3.1-13.9% and -4.0-2.6%, respectively. The stability of processing (freeze-thaw, long-term storage at -80°C, and short-term storage at room temperature) and chromatography (reinjection) was shown to be of insignificant effect. The present method was applied successfully to the pharmacokinetic study of α-cedrene after its intravenous (10 mg/kg) and oral (25 mg/kg) administration in male Sprague-Dawley rats.

© 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.


Cedar; Gas chromatography tandem mass spectrometry; Pharmacokinetics; Rat plasma; α-Cedrene

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