Analysis of imatinib in bone marrow and plasma samples of chronic myeloid leukaemia patients using solid phase extraction LC-ESI-MS

Zafar Iqbal, Moira Elliott, David Watson, Tessa Holyoake, Heather Jørgensen

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The LC-ESI-MS was developed and validated for the analysis of imatinib in plasma and bone marrow samples using deuterated imatinib (D(8)-IM) as an internal standard. The biological samples were extracted using Strata-X-C SPE cartridges and separated on C(8) column (50 x 3 mm, 3 μm), and methanol: 0.1% formic acid (70:30) was delivered at the rate of 0.7 ml/min as a mobile phase. Imatinib was quantified in samples by monitoring the ions m/z 494.3 for imatinib and 502.3 for D(8)-imatinib on mass spectrometer. The method was linear in the concentration range of 1-1500 ng/250 μl in spiked human plasma samples and limit of quantification was 5 ng/mL. Inter-day and intra-day variations in spiked human plasma spiked with 50, 250 and 500 ng /mL were less than 3.16%. The repeatability and reproducibility and other parameters of the methods were also validated. The method was employed for the analysis of the imatinib in human plasma and bone marrow samples. The drug levels in bone marrow and plasma samples were correlated to the degree of cytogenetic response. No significant difference of imatinib level between blood and bone marrow in IM-treated patients dosed to steady state was observed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-291
Number of pages7
JournalPakistan journal of pharmaceutical sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • bone marrow
  • plasma
  • chronic myeloid leukaemia
  • leukaemia

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