Original Research

Validation of a simple HPLC method to quantify mycophenolic acid concentrations in human plasma


Introduction: Mycophenolic acid (MPA) is an active metabolite of mycophenolate mofetil and mycophenolate sodium which are widely prescribed to prevent organ rejection after solid organ transplantations. However, MPA induced many side effects on gastrointestinal tract and haematological system.

Objectives: The purpose of this study is to establish a high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method to determine the MPA concentration in plasma in order to optimize the treatment efficacy of MPA or apply to bioequivalence studies. MPA and visnadine (as an internal standard) were extracted from plasma samples with methanol by solid phase extraction using Osis HLB 1cc cartridge. 10 µL of sample extract was injected onto LiChroCART®125-4 (C18 reversed-phase column) at 43 °C on a Waters 2695 XE system. The signals were detected by PDA detector (photodiodes array) at 254 nm. The mobile phase was a mixture of acetonitrile and phosphate buffer (pH 3) with a flow rate of 1 mL/min. The validation criteria included: selectivity, linearity, accuracy, precision, recovery, lower limit of quantification.

Results: Total chromatographic runtime was 15 min. MPA and visnadine were found at 6.45 and 10.79 min, respectively. MPA concentrations were in the linear range from 0.25 to 50 µg/mL. The coefficient of variation (CV) of mean intra-day and inter-day precision levels for MPA was less than 7.5%. The lower limit of quantification was 0.25 µg/mL. No interference was found in the assay.

Conclusion: A simple and reliable HPLC method was developed to quantify the MPA concentration in plasma.

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