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A Sensitive Procedure For The Quantitation Of Free And N-(2-hydroxypropyl) Methacrylamide Polymer-bound Doxorubicin (PK1) And Some Of Its Metabolites, 13-dihydrodoxorubicin, 13-dihydrodoxorubicinone And Doxorubicinone, In Human Plasma And Urine By Reversed-phase HPLC With Fluorimetric Detection.
Published 1995 · Chemistry, Medicine
A high-performance liquid chromatographic assay has been developed and validated for the determination in plasma and urine of doxorubicin (DXR) and some of its metabolites released in vivo from an N-(2-hydroxypropyl)methacrylamide (HPMA) polymer containing DXR linked through its aminosugar moiety to the polymer via an oligopeptide spacer (PK1). The method also allows measurement of the DXR still bound to the polymer. Following addition of two internal standards, the free compounds were extracted twice with isopropanol-chloroform (25:75, v/v). The first extraction was performed at physiological pH and the second after buffering at pH 8.4, in order to extract the aglycones and the glycosides, respectively. Determination of total DXR (polymer-bound plus free DXR) was performed, after quantitative acid hydrolysis to release doxorubicinone from free or polymer-bound DXR, by extraction with the same solvent mixture at pH 7.4. In both cases the organic phase was evaporated to dryness; the compounds were then separated by reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) under isocratic conditions and quantitated by fluorimetric detection. In the chromatograms all the analytes appeared to be separated at the baseline and no interference from blank human plasma and urine was observed. The suitability of the method for in vivo samples was checked by the analysis of plasma and urine samples obtained from a cancer patient who had received a single intravenous dose of the test compound.