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Determination of ribavirin in human serum and plasma by capillary electrophoresis


Breadmore, MC and Theurillat, R and Thormann, W, Determination of ribavirin in human serum and plasma by capillary electrophoresis, Electrophoresis, 25, (10-11) pp. 1615-1622. ISSN 0173-0835 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1002/elps.200305819


The electrophoretic separation of ribavirin and 5-methylcytidine (internal standard) by capillary electrophoresis was examined. Separation was achieved using reverse polarity in a 100 mM borate electrolyte, pH 9.1, with 5 mM spermine added to reduce the electroosmotic flow. Sample preparation based on acetonitrile protein precipitation was found to be unsuitable for ribavirin analysis in patient samples due to insufficient sensitivity and interferences. Solid-phase extraction employing phenyl boronic acid cartridges provided cleaner separations. Using this approach with 500 μL sample and reconstitution of the dried extract into 100 μL of 33% v/v 100 mM phosphate buffer, pH 6.4/67% v/v acetonitrile, the detection and quantitation limits were determined to be 0.05 and 0.10 μg/mL, respectively, a sensitivity that is suitable for therapeutic drug monitoring of ribavirin in human plasma and serum samples. The method was validated and compared to a high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method, showing excellent agreement between the two for a set of samples that stemmed from patients being treated with ribavirin and interferon-α-2b for a hepatitis C virus infection. © 2004 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Chemical Sciences
Research Group:Analytical chemistry
Research Field:Separation science
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the chemical sciences
UTAS Author:Breadmore, MC (Professor Michael Breadmore)
ID Code:43543
Year Published:2004
Web of Science® Times Cited:36
Deposited By:Chemistry
Deposited On:2007-03-15
Last Modified:2007-03-15

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