An LC-MS/MS method for simultaneous determination of trantinterol and its major metabolite in rat plasma and its application to a comparative pharmacokinetic study.J Chromatogr B Analyt Technol Biomed Life Sci. 2015 Sep 01; 1000:163-8.JC
Trantinterol is a novel β2-adrenoceptor agonist, currently undergoing clinical trials for the treatment of asthma. We developed and validated an liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method for simultaneous determination of trantinterol and its major metabolite, 1-carbonyl trantinterol (SPFFCOOH), in rat plasma. Aliquots (100μL) of heparinized plasma samples were processed by protein precipitation with acetonitrile. Chromatographic separation used an Acquity UPLC BEH C18 column (2.1mm×50mm, 1.7μm) and acetonitrile-0.1% formic acid (20:80, v/v) as mobile phase, at a flow rate of 0.25mL/min. The detection was performed on a triple-quadrupole tandem mass spectrometer with multiple-reaction monitoring (MRM) mode via electrospray ionization (ESI) source. The precursor-to-product ion transitions m/z 310.9→m/z 237.9 for trantinterol, m/z 324.9→m/z 251.9 for SPFFCOOH and m/z 368.0→m/z 294.0 for bambuterol (internal standard, IS) were used for quantification. The calibration curves were obtained in the concentration of 0.25-100ng/mL for both trantinterol and SPFFCOOH. The intra- and inter-day precision (relative standard deviations, RSD) values were below 15% and accuracy (relative error, RE) was from -4.3% to 6.6% at all quality control (QC) levels. The method was successfully applied to compare the pharmacokinetics of trantinterol and SPFFCOOH in male and female Wistar rats after a single oral administration of trantinterol.