Analytical Sciences

Abstract − Analytical Sciences, 17(6), 709 (2001).

Direct Injection Method for Quantitation of Endogenous Leukotriene E4 in Human Urine by Liquid Chromatography/Electrospray Ionization Tandem Mass Spectrometry with a Column-switching Technique
Naoya KISHI,  Nariyasu MANO, and Naoki ASAKAWA
Analytical Research Laboratories, Eisai Co. Ltd., 5-1-3 Tokodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 300-2635, Japan
A new analytical method employing liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS) with a column-switching system was developed for quantitative determination of leukotriene E4 (LTE4) in human urine. A column-switching system using a trapping column, which concentrates the analyte and removes salts and other water-soluble contaminants, allowed direct injection of human urine. Because simultaneously eluted endogenous contaminants suppressed the ionization efficiency of LTE4, good liquid chromatographic separation was very important for establishing this method, notwithstanding the high selectivity of MS/MS. The calibration curve was linear over the range from 10 to 3000 pg/mL, and the method showed good accuracy and precision. This method should therefore be very useful for determination of LTE4 amounts in human urine in studies on leukotriene metabolism and the efficacy of antileukotriene drugs.