Rapid Quantitative Analysis of Vancomycin in Human Plasma and Urine Using LC-MS/MS

LC - MS/MS를 이용한 혈장과 뇨중에서 Vancomycin의 빠른정량분석

  • Kim, Hohyun (Department of Pharmacokinetics, Seoul Medical Science Institute (SCL)) ;
  • Roh, Hyeongjin (Department of Pharmacokinetics, Biocore. Co. Ltd.) ;
  • Han, Sang-Beom (Department of Pharmacokinetics, Seoul Medical Science Institute (SCL))
  • Received : 2002.05.08
  • Published : 2002.10.25


In this study, a new quantitative analytical method has been developed for the rapid determination of vancomycin in human plasma and urine using liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry (LC - MS/MS). Chromatography was carried out on a $C_{18}$ XTerra MS column ($2.1{\times}30mm$) with a particle size of $3.5{\mu}m$. The mobile phase was 0.25% formic acid in 10% acetonitrile and the flow rate was $250{\mu}L/min$. Vancomycin and caffeine (internal standard) were detected by MS/MS using multiple reaction monitoring (MRM). Vancomycin gives a predominant doubly protonated precursor molecule ($[M+2H]^{2+}$) at m/z 725.0 and a corresponding product ion of m/z 100.0. Detection of vancomycin was good, accurate and precise, with a limit of detection of 1 nM in plasma. The calibration curves for vancomycin in human plasma was linear in a concentration range of $0.01{\mu}M$ - $100{\mu}M$ for plasma. This method has been successfully applied to determine the concentration of vancomycin in human plasma and urine from pharmacokinetic study and relative studies.


Liquid Chromatography;Tandem Mass Spectrometry;Vancomycin;Pharmacokinetics


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