An HPLC-MS/MS Method for the Quantitative Determination of Ticagrelor and its Active Metabolite AR-C124910XX in Human Plasma and its Application to a Clinical Study

Author(s): Jingbo Peng, Yicheng Wang, Mupeng Li, Chenjie He, Yao Chen, Xiaoping Chen, Dongsheng Ouyang, Yuanfei Huang, Zhirong Tan*

Journal Name: Current Pharmaceutical Analysis

Volume 13 , Issue 3 , 2017

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Background: Ticagrelor is a reversibly binding oral P2Y12 receptor antagonist used clinically for the prevention of thrombotic events. A selective, rapid, and reliable method based on highperformance liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectrometry was developed and validated for the quantification of ticagrelor and its active metabolite AR-C124910XX in human plasma.

Method: After liquid–liquid extraction with methyl tert-butyl ether, ticagrelor and its metabolite ARC124910XX were chromatographed on a C18 column with a mobile phase consisting of acetonitrile– water containing 10 mM ammonium acetate (60:40, volume [v]/v) at a flow rate of 0.30 mL/min. Detection was performed on a triple quadrupole tandem mass spectrometer by multiple reaction monitoring and with a positive electrospray ionization interface using [M+H]+ ions with the following transitions: m/z 522.9 → m/z 152.9 for ticagrelor, m/z 478.9 → m/z 152.9 for AR-C124910XX, and m/z 530.2 → m/z 152.9 for the internal standard.

Results: Calibration curves were established in the range 4.019–2017 ng/mL for ticagrelor and 2.889– 1040 ng/mL for AR-C124910XX. The lower limits of quantification for ticagrelor and AR-C124910XX were determined to be 4.019 and 2.889 ng/mL, respectively.

Conclusion: The method was fully validated and successfully applied to determine ticagrelor and ARC124910XX simultaneously in human plasma and proved to be suitable for pharmacokinetic study of ticagrelor in healthy Chinese male volunteers.

Keywords: Ticagrelor, AR-C124910XX, HPLC-MS/MS, method of validation, pharmacokinetics, Chinese male volunteers.

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Year: 2017
Published on: 05 April, 2017
Page: [296 - 303]
Pages: 8
DOI: 10.2174/1573412912666160518151458
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