High-performance liquid chromatography analysis of a novel small-molecule, anti-cancer drug, Palomid 529, in human and mouse plasma and in mouse tissue homogenates.

F. Lin, D. Sherris, J.H. Beijnen, O. van Tellingen

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Palomid 529 (8-(1-Hydroxy-ethyl)-2-methoxy-3-(4-methoxy-benzyloxy)-benzo[c]chromen-6-one), is a novel non-steroidal small-molecule drug, which inhibits both mTORC1 and mTORC2 assembly, and elicits both anti-angiogenic and direct anti-tumor effects in vivo. We have developed and validated a sensitive and selective method for the quantification of Palomid 529 in human and mouse plasma and in a range of mouse tissue samples. Sample pretreatment involved liquid-liquid extraction with tert-butyl methyl ether yielding a recovery of >75%. Palomid 529 and the internal standard Palomid 545 were separated using a GraceSmart RP18 column (2.1 mm x 150 mm) packed with 5 mum C-18 material and a mobile phase comprised of 50% (v/v) acetonitrile and 50% (v/v) water delivered at a flow rate of 0.2 ml/min, and were detected by UV absorbance at a wavelength of 315 nm. Within the linear range of the calibration curve (10-10,000 ng/ml), acceptable accuracy and precision was achieved for all tested matrices. The validation results show that the method was selective and reproducible. Palomid 529 was stable in plasma upon 3 repeated freeze-thaw cycles and during storage for up to 24h at ambient temperature. However, pre-treated samples waiting for HPLC analyses need to be kept under dimmed light conditions at ambient temperature since a significant degradation of both Palomid 529 and Palomid 545 was observed when exposed to light. A pilot pharmacokinetic study in mice demonstrated the applicability of this method for pharmacokinetic purposes. Even at a low dose of 5.4 mg/kg this assay was still sensitive enough to determine the drug concentration in plasma samples obtained up to 24h after administration.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)3823-31
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of chromatography. B
Issue number32
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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