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Methods Find Exp Clin Pharmacol 2010, 32(10): 737
ISSN 0379-0355
Copyright 2010 Clarivate Analytics
CCC: 0379-0355
DOI: 10.1358/mf.2010.32.10.1549035
A rapid, simple and sensitive liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method for routine clinical monitoring of tacrolimus with the Waters Masstrak-immmunosuppressant kit
Guilhaumou, R., Lacarelle, B., Sampol-Manos, E.
Advances in mass spectrometry instruments have led to increased utilization of high performance liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) and it would be necessary to standardize blood quantification of immunosuppressant drugs. The aim of the study was to validate and assess the robustness of an LC-MS/MS method for quantification of tacrolimus in whole blood using the Waters Masstrak™ Immunosuppressant Kit. After protein precipitation from whole blood samples, chromatographic separation was performed in 2 min. Detection was performed with a Waters Tandem Quadrupole MS Quattro Premier XE, operated in multiple-reaction monitoring in positive electrospray ionization mode. This method was validated and compared to Enzyme Multiplied Immunoassay Technique (EMIT) method in accordance with actual guidelines. The limit of quantification was 1.0 ng/mL and the calibration curve was linear to 27.6 ng/mL. Between-day and within-day trueness and precision were < 15% at three concentrations spanning the linear range. The EMIT assay showed an average positive bias of 28.3% compared with the LC-MS/MS. Internal and external quality control were always accepted and demonstrated the robustness of this method. In conclusion, we validated a rapid, simple and robust quantification of tacrolimus in blood samples with the Waters Masstrak™ Immunosuppressant Kit.

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