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AAPS PharmSciTech. 2000 May 14;1(2):E11.

Quantitative analysis of thymosin alpha1 in human serum by LC-MS/MS.

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SciClone Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 901 Mariner's Island Blvd., San Mateo, CA 94404-159, USA.


A high performance liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method was developed to measure the thymosin alpha 1 (Talpha1) concentration in human serum. Tá1 in human serum was determined by solid phase extraction and reverse phase LC-MS/MS. The high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) system interfaced with the MS/MS system with a Turbo Ion spray interface. Positive ion detection and multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode were used for this human serum quantitation. Eight different concentration standards were used to establish the detection range. Six quality control (QC) and 2 matrix blanks were checked by calibration curves performed on the same day. The lower quantitation limit was 0.5 ng/mL Talpha1 in human serum. Calibration curves were established between 0.5 to 100 ng/mL by weighted linear regression. The correlation coefficients for different days were 0.9955 or greater. Quantitation of Talpha1 by the LC-MS/MS method is fast, accurate, and precise.

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