Online ISSN : 1348-3315
Print ISSN : 1342-8284
ISSN-L : 1342-8284
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A Rapid and Simple UHPLC-UV Method for Quantitative Determination of Erlotinib and Its Active Metabolite OSI-420 in Human Serum, and Its Application in a Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Patient
Takahiro SUGAMiki SHIMADAMasamitsu MAEKAWAHiroyuki SUZUKIMasaru MORITatsuma OKAZAKIAkira INOUEHiroaki YAMAGUCHINariyasu MANO
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2017 Volume 38 Issue 3 Pages 95-100


We developed a rapid and simple UHPLC-UV method for quantitative determination of erlotinib and its metabolite, OSI-420, in order to monitor their serum levels in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Erlotinib and OSI-420 were extracted from 100 μL of human serum by liquid–liquid extraction using t-butyl methyl ether. The analytes were separated on Inertsil ODS-3 (100 mm × 2.1 mm I.D., 2 μm) as an analytical column using 20 mM potassium phosphate buffer (pH 2.5)/acetonitrile (74:26, v/v) as the mobile phase at a flow rate of 0.6 mL/min, and monitored at a UV wavelength of 345 nm. This method covered a linear concentration range of 6–6000 ng/mL for erlotinib and 6–2000 ng/mL for OSI-420, respectively (r > 0.999). The intra- and inter-day precisions of the analysis were < 6.8%, and the accuracy was ± 7.4%. This method has been successfully applied to measure erlotinib and OSI-420 in the serum of an NSCLC patient.

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