Investigation of microbore UPLC and nontraditional mobile phase compositions for bioanalytical LC-MS/MS

Paul D. Rainville, Jennifer L. Simeone, Sean M. McCarthy, Norman W. Smith, David Cowan, Robert S. Plumb

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Background: The movement towards environmentally friendly or green chemistry solutions has gained more prominence recently in the scientific community. One way in which scientists can address this issue is to limit the use of hazardous chemicals in their everyday processes. Therefore, the focus of this study was on the utilization of microbore-scale chromatography and nontraditional alcoholic mobile phases as an alternative approach to traditional bioanalytical LC-MS/MS assay parameters. 

Results: Replacement of the traditional narrowbore LC column with a microbore format reduced solvent consumption and produced a greater than threefold increase in S/N. The nontraditional alcoholic mobile phases, ethanol or isopropanol, produced either greater peak area counts, or S/N, for over half of the compounds evaluated, compared with the traditional organic mobile phases of acetonitrile and methanol. These nontraditional alcoholic mobile phases also showed improved capability in the removal of plasma phospholipid components from the chromatographic column. The ionizable background detected in each of the organic mobile phases utilized in this study produced a unique background that may or may not interfere with compounds undergoing analysis. 

Conclusion: The combination of microbore columns and nontraditional alcoholic mobile phases has been shown to produce effective, alternative method conditions to traditional bioanalytical LC-MS/MS method parameters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1287-1297
Number of pages11
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012


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