Arzneimittelforschung 2012; 62(12): 609-613
DOI: 10.1055/s-0032-1327695
Original Article
© Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

LC-MS/MS Method for Determination of Epothilone B in Rat Plasma and its Application in Pharmacokinetic Study

H-m. Lu1, M. Ye1
  • 1Department of Oncology, Renji Hospital, Medical College, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China
Further Information

Publication History

received 04 September 2012

accepted 03 October 2012

Publication Date:
23 October 2012 (eFirst)



A simple LC-MS/MS method was developed for determination and pharmacokinetic study of Epothilone B in rat plasma.


Plasma sample pretreatment involved a one-step liquid-liquid extraction of 100 µL plasma. The chromatographic separation was carried out on a Agilent Zobax SB C18 column with a mobile phase consisting of 10 mmol/L ammonium acetate-acetonitrile (35:65, v/v) at a flow rate of 0.2 mL/min. The detection was performed on a triple quadrupole tandem mass spectrometer by SRM via electro spray ionization source with positive mode.


The standard curve for Epothilone B was linear over the concentration range of 1–100 ng/mL with a lower limit of quantification of 0.5 ng/mL. The intra- and inter-day precision (relative standard deviation) values were not higher than 15% and the accuracy (relative error) was < 10% at 3 quality control levels. Pharmacokinetic parameters were as follows: t1/2, 3.56 (1.12) h; AUC0–24h, 295.7 (65.3) ng · h/mL and AUC0-∞, 339.2 (87.4) ng · h/mL, CL, 5.77 (0.67) mL/h; MRT, 7.55 (2.41) h, respectively.


This simple, fast and highly sensitive method was fully validated and successfully applied to a preclinical pharmacokinetic study of Epothilone B in rats after i. v. administration.