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Keywords:

  • sirolimus;
  • rapamycin;
  • HPLC;
  • electrochemical detection

Abstract

Therapeutic drug monitoring of sirolimus (rapamycin) is important for immunosuppressive therapy in solid organ transplantation. We have developed a simple and reliable method for determining blood concentrations of sirolimus using reversed-phase HPLC with electrochemical detection (ECD). The E2 potential was set at +900 mV. The potential of guard cell was set at +950 mV and that of the E1 cell at +400 mV. The method was linear for a concentration range of 1–50 ng/mL when 0.5 mL blood was used. The correlation coefficients of all standard curves were greater than or equal to 0.999. The limit of detection was 0.5 ng/mL. The inter-assay precision ranged from 3.22 to 7.48%, and the coefficient of variation (CV) for a quality control sample at 10 ng/mL was 7.48% with a bias of 8.4% from the target value. The intra-assay precision ranged from 0.72 to 3.71%, and the CV for a quality control sample at 10 ng/mL was 0.72% with a bias of 6.8% from the target value. In a solid organ transplant recipient, trough concentrations of sirolimus were well within the analytic range of the HPLC/ECD procedure. The method described here is suitable for management of sirolimus therapy in solid organ transplantation. Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.