Prednisolone measurement in human serum using liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry.Ann Clin Biochem. 2005 Mar; 42(Pt 2):105-11.AC
Prednisolone is a commonly prescribed corticosteroid used in the treatment of many diseases. Despite high doses of prednisolone, some patients appear to have subtherapeutic concentrations of the drug. It would be useful to measure prednisolone in this group to determine if they have poor absorption or compliance. Hence, we have developed a liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method for the determination of prednisolone in serum. Chromatography was performed using a C18 column, giving a retention time for both prednisolone and deuterated prednisolone (internal standard) of 1.6 min. Two transitions were monitored for both prednisolone and deuterated prednisolone. These were m/z 361.2 > 343.0 and m/z 361.2 > 146.9 for prednisolone, and m/z 367.2 > 349.0 and m/z 367.2 > 149.9 for the internal standard. The intra- and inter-batch imprecision was < 7% in both cases over a concentration range of 62.5-750 microg/L. The imprecision at the lower limit was 8%, the lower limit of quantitation was determined to be 30 microg/L and the method was linear up to 5000 microg/L. The method allows rapid prednisolone analysis because of a simplified sample extraction step, and has a cycle time of 3.5 min.