Author(s): Jamalapuram S, Vuppala PK, Abdelazeem AH, McCurdy CR, Avery BA
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Abstract Methamphetamine abuse continues as a major problem in the USA owing to its powerful psychological addictive properties. AZ66, 3-[4-(4-cyclohexylpiperazine-1-yl)pentyl]-6-fluorobenzo[d]thiazole-2(3H)-one, an optimized sigma receptor ligand, is a promising therapeutic agent against methamphetamine. To study the in vivo pharmacokinetics of this novel sigma receptor ligand in rats, a sensitive ultra-performance liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC/MS/MS) method was developed in rat plasma and validated. The developed method requires a small volume of plasma (100 μL) and a simple liquid-liquid extraction. The chromatographic separations were achieved in 3.3 min using an Acquity UPLC BEH Shield RP18 column. The mass spectrophotometric detection was carried out using a Waters Micromass Quattro MicroTM triple-quadrupole system. Multiple reaction monitoring was used for the quantitation with transitions m/z 406 → m/z 181 for AZ66 and m/z 448 → m/z 285 for aripiprazole. The method was validated over a concentration range of 1-3500 ng/mL and the lower limit of quantitation was determined to be 1 ng/mL. Validation of the assay demonstrated that the developed UPLC/MS/MS method was sensitive, accurate and selective for the determination of AZ66 in rat plasma. The present method has been successfully applied to an i.v. pharmacokinetic study in Sprague-Dawley rats. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
This article was published in Biomed Chromatogr
and referenced in Journal of Bioequivalence & Bioavailability