High-performance liquid chromatographic bio-analysis and preliminary pharmacokinetics of the experimental antitumour drug vintriptol.


A high-performance liquid chromatographic procedure, including sample pretreatment, is presented for the analysis of the experimental antitumour drug vintriptol in plasma. The sample pretreatment involved liquid-liquid extraction of the buffered (pH 3) sample with chloroform. Vinblastine was used as internal standard. Separation was achieved on a Hypersil ODS (5 microns) column with a mobile phase of acetonitrile-phosphate buffer. Electrochemical detection (at +0.70 V) was used, giving a detection limit of 2 micrograms/l. The applicability of the assay was demonstrated in a pharmacokinetic study with eight cancer patients who received 45 or 50 mg/m2 vintriptol in a phase I study. A three-compartment model was used to fit the plasma concentration-time curves. Pharmacokinetic parameters are presented.

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Journal of chromatography
  • Volume 529
  • Issue nr. 2
  • Pages 329-38
  • Publication date 03-08-1990

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