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Rapid Commun Mass Spectrom. 2006;20(19):2845-50.

Development and validation of a liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry method for the determination of the novel anticancer agent 17-DMAG in human plasma.

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Cancer Research UK Centre for Cancer Therapeutics, The Institute of Cancer Research, Haddow Laboratory, 15 Cotswold Road, Sutton, Surrey SM2 5NG, UK.


An accurate, sensitive, robust and selective liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS) method for the determination of 17-(dimethylaminoethylamino)-17-demethoxygeldanamycin hydrochloride (17-DMAG) in human plasma has been developed and validated. Plasma samples were prepared by liquid/liquid extraction with ethyl acetate. The chromatographic separation was achieved within 9 min on a Synergy Polar column with a linear gradient and a mobile phase consisting of methanol and 0.1% formic acid in water. Detection of 17-DMAG and the internal standard (IS), olomoucine, was achieved by MS/MS with electrospray ionisation in positive ion mode. The calibration curve, ranging from 1.89 to 1890 nM, was linear r > 0.994 using a 1/y2 weighted linear regression. The assay showed no significant interferences from endogenous compounds. The lower limit of quantitation (LLOQ) was 1.89 nM, using 250 microL of plasma, with inter-assay precision (%RSD) and accuracy (%RE) values of 11.6% and -5.8%, respectively. Intra-assay precision ranged from 7.8-13.6%. The method described here is being used to evaluate the pharmacokinetic profiles of 17-DMAG given as a once weekly infusion in patients with advanced solid tumours.

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