Quantification of sunitinib in human plasma by high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry

Patton Minkin, Ming Zhao, Zhaoyuan Chen, Jan Ouwerkerk, Hans Gelderblom, Sharyn D. Baker

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A rapid, sensitive and specific method was developed and validated using LC/MS/MS for determination of sunitinib in human plasma. Sample preparation involved a liquid-liquid extraction by the addition of 0.2 mL of plasma with 4.0 mL tert-butyl-methyl-ether extraction solution containing 25 ng/mL of the internal standard clozapine. Separation of compounds was achieved on a C18 (50 mm × 2.1 mm i.d., 3.5 μm) analytical column using a mobile phase consisting of acetonitrile/H20 (65:35, v/v) containing 0.1% formic acid and isocratic flow at 0.150 mL/min for 3 min. The analytes were monitored by tandem-mass spectrometry with electrospray positive ionization. Linear calibration curves in human plasma were generated over the range of 0.2-500 ng/mL with values for the coefficient of determination of >0.9950. Within- and between day precision and accuracy were ≤10%. The method was applied to the quantitation of sunitinib in plasma samples from a patient receiving daily oral therapy with sunitinib.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)84-88
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Chromatography B: Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Oct 15 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • LC/MS/MS
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Sunitinib

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology


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