Quantification and Pharmacokinetic Property of Verubecestat an BACE1 Inhibitor in Rat Plasma

In the present study, an ultra-performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) approach was designed to measure the rat plasma levels of verubecestat with diazepam as the internal standard. Acetonitrile-based protein precipitation was applied for sample preparation, then the analyte verubecestat was subjected to gradient elution chromatography with a mobile phase composed of acetonitrile (A) and 0.1% formic acid in water (B). Verubecestat was monitored by m/z 410.1 → 124.0 transition for quantification by multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) in positive ion electrospray ionization (ESI) source. When the concentration of verubecestat ranged from 1 to 2500 ng/mL, the method exhibited good linearity. For verubecestat, the intra- and inter-day precision were determined with the values of 2.9-9.0% and 0.4-6.5%, respectively; and the accuracy ranged from -2.2% to 10.4%. Matrix effect, extraction recovery, and stability data were in line with the standard FDA guidelines for validating a bioanalytical method. The validity of the developed method was confirmed through the pharmacokinetic study.

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