Liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry and high resolution mass spectrometry as analytical tools to characterize multi-class cytostatic compounds

Cristian Gómez-Canela, Nuria Cortés-Francisco, Francesc Ventura, Josep Caixach, Silvia Lacorte

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Abstract

Cytostatic compounds used in the treatment of cancer have emerged as a new generation of water contaminants due to the continuous amounts administered to patients and to the fact that a variable proportion is excreted unchanged. In this study, we have evaluated the performance of liquid-chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) and high resolution mass spectrometry using an Orbitrap analyzer (LC-HRMS) for the multiresidue determination of multi-class cytostatic compounds. In a first step, ionization conditions were tested in positive electrospray mode and optimum fragmentation patterns were determined. For LC-MS/MS, two selected reaction monitoring (SRM) transitions were optimized and for LC-HRMS, the molecular ion with 5. ppm error and two product ions were defined. Following, the chromatographic conditions were optimized considering that compounds analyzed have a very different chemical structure and chromatographic behavior. The best performance was obtained with a Luna C18 column, which permitted the separation of the 26 compounds in 15. min. Finally, the performance of LC-MS/MS and LC-HRMS was compared in terms of linearity, sensitivity, intra and inter-day precision and overall robustness. While LC-MS/MS provided good identification capabilities due to selective SRM transitions, LC-Orbitrap proved to be 100 times more sensitive. This study provides a comprehensive overview on the MS conditions to determine the outmost used cytostatic compounds and provides a spectral library to be used for the identification of these compounds in water or biological matrices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-94
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Chromatography A
Volume1276
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Feb 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cytostatic compounds
  • LC-HRMS
  • LC-MS/MS
  • Orbitrap
  • Quality parameters

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