Improved high-performance liquid chromatographic detection of paclitaxel in patient's plasma using solid-phase extraction, and semi-micro-bore C18 separation and UV detection

Manabu Suno, Takashi Ono, Shinya Iida, Noriko Umetsu, Ko ichi Ohtaki, Takehiro Yamada, Toshio Awaya, Machiko Satomi, Yoshikazu Tasaki, Keiko Shimizu, Kazuo Matsubara

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Although a number of analytical methods for taxanes have been published, none of them are sufficiently suitable for use in a medical setting. In this study, we established an improved analytical HPLC/UV detection method using a Sep-Pak C18 cartridge for extraction and a semi-micro-bore column for separation. This method employed here reduced chromatographic background signals, and allowed a more sensitive analysis of taxanes in human blood sample. The recovery of taxanes after the solid-phase extraction procedure was over 90%. Chromatographic separation of paclitaxel and docetaxel was achieved within 30 min with no interference peak by a semi-micro-bore column, packed either with C18 (Wakosil 5C18 RS) or pentafluorophenyl (Curosil/Taxol) materials. The method was reproducible with coefficients of variation less than 6%. This analytical procedure was simple and sensitive with lower quantification limit of 3 ng/ml. The improved sensitivity achieved by the popular HPLC/UV apparatus, which is available in hospitals, would vouch safer and more efficient therapy with taxane.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-144
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Chromatography B: Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2007
Externally publishedYes



  • Docetaxel
  • Paclitaxel
  • Semi-micro-bore column
  • Sep-Pak C
  • Therapeutic drug monitoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology

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