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J Chromatogr B Analyt Technol Biomed Life Sci. 2011 Sep 1;879(25):2673-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jchromb.2011.07.014. Epub 2011 Jul 18.

Validation of a method for the determination of the anticancer agent Combretastatin A1 phosphate (CA1P, OXi4503) in human plasma by HPLC with post-column photolysis and fluorescence detection.

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University of Oxford, Gray Institute for Radiation Oncology and Biology, Department of Oncology, Old Road Campus Research Building, Roosevelt Drive, Oxford OX3 7DQ, UK.


A validated method for the determination of Combretastatin A1 phosphate (CA1P, OXi4503), a bisphosphate prodrug of the vascular disrupting agent Combretastatin A1 in human plasma has been developed using fluorescence detection after post-column photolysis. The separation used the ion-pairing agent tetrabutylammonium hydrogen sulphate, and this agent was also required to give consistently high recovery from plasma. Initially, the range was shown to be linear (r(2)>0.995) from the LOQ of 0.025 μM to 5 μM, but as the trial progressed to much higher doses, using a lower injection volume, the assay was subsequently subject to limited revalidation to cover the range from 0.05 to 50 μM. Intra-assay precision and accuracy ranged from 2.2 to 11.8% and 1.8 to 13% respectively, and for inter-assay from 4.4 to 14.9% and 1.7 to 6.5%. Mean recovery of OXi4503 from plasma was 80.2%.

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