Improved high-performance liquid chromatographic method for the routine determination of unconjugated 3-methoxy-4-hydroxyphenylethyleneglycol in human plasma using solid-phase extraction and electrochemical detection

Ojala-Karlsson, P.; Scheinin, M.

Journal of Chromatography 565(1-2): 131-139


ISSN/ISBN: 0021-9673
PMID: 1874862
DOI: 10.1016/0378-4347(91)80377-o
Accession: 040380203

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An improved semi-automated high-performance liquid chromatographic method is described for the routine determination of unconjugated 3-methoxy-4-hydroxyphenylethyleneglycol in plasma. The 3-ethoxy analogue of the compound is used as an internal standard. The method is based on purification of 0.5-ml plasma samples with phenyl-type reversed-phase extraction columns, reversed-phase separation with an acetate-citrate-methanol mobile phase with an octadecyl-bonded column, and dual-electrode coulometric detection with oxidation at +0.44 V and reduction at -0.25 V. The precision and accuracy of the assay are satisfactory: the lower limit of reliable detection corresponds to a plasma concentration of 1.5 nM. The validity of the determination is demonstrated by an 18% mean increase in plasma levels of 3-methoxy-4-hydroxyphenylethyleneglycol during physical exercise (duration 16 min, n = 13) and a 50% mean reduction in plasma levels induced by a single dose of the monoamine oxidase inhibitor, moclobemide (n = 8). The method is suitable for routine use in pharmacological and physiological experiments.