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Development and validation of a method using supported liquid extraction for aldosterone determination in human plasma by LC-MS/MS.

Clinica chimica acta; international journal of clinical chemistry (2015-05-20)
Cécile Meunier, Dominique Blondelle, Patrice Faure, Jean-Philippe Baguet, Caroline Le Goff, Olivier Chabre, Véronique Ducros
ABSTRACT

Accurate quantitation of aldosterone is essential for screening, diagnosis and subtype classification in primary aldosteronism. A simple, sensitive method for aldosterone in human plasma using supported liquid extraction (SLE) in combination with liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) was developed and validated. Plasma samples were diluted with water containing d7-aldosterone as internal standard. The samples were extracted with methyl-tert-butyl-ether (MTBE) on SLE cartridges. Separation was carried out on a Luna C18 (2) column using a methanol-water gradient. Detection was performed in the negative electrospray multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) quantitation. The use of water-based calibrators was evaluated against calibrators prepared in steroid-free serum. The assay was linear up to 3265pmol/L with an LOQ of approximately 40pmol/L. Within-run and between-run precision for plasma aldosterone were less than 10% except at low level near LOQ but were still less than 14.7% (Westgard's desirable specification). The mean recovery of the analyte added to plasma was greater than 97.7% and matrix effects were less than 4%. Comparison with another LC-MS/MS method was performed on a more sensitive instrument (ABSciex TQ 5500) and gave the equation API 3000=0.957×TQ 5500+12.6, linear regression r(2)=0.974 (n=43). An estimation of the reference interval for adults was established on a group of healthy volunteers (n=53). Calibration with water-based calibrators was validated and can be used for measurement of aldosterone by LC-MS/MS. This method is reliable, easy to perform on plasma specimens in a clinical environment and is attractive because of its simplicity.

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