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Anal Bioanal Chem ; 413(23): 5811-5820, 2021 Sep.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1321733

ABSTRACT

Remdesivir is a nucleotide analog prodrug that has received much attention since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in December 2019. GS-441524 (Nuc) is the active metabolite of remdesivir and plays a pivotal role in the clinical treatment of COVID-19. Here, a robust HPLC-MS/MS method was developed to determine Nuc concentrations in rat plasma samples after a one-step protein precipitation process. Chromatographic separation was accomplished on Waters XBrige C18 column (50 × 2.1 mm, 3.5 µm) under gradient elution conditions. Multiple reaction monitoring transitions in electrospray positive ion mode were m/z 292.2 → 163.2 for Nuc and 237.1 → 194.1 for the internal standard (carbamazepine). The quantitative analysis method was fully validated in line with the United States Food and Drug Administration guidelines. The linearity, accuracy and precision, matrix effect, recovery, and stability results met the requirements of the guidelines. Uncertainty of measurement and incurred sample reanalysis were analyzed to further ensure the robustness and reproducibility of the method. This optimized method was successfully applied in a rat pharmacokinetics study of remdesivir (intravenously administration, 5 mg kg-1). The method can act as a basis for further pharmacokinetic and clinical efficacy investigations in patients with COVID-19. Graphical abstract.


Subject(s)
Adenosine Monophosphate/analogs & derivatives , Adenosine/analogs & derivatives , Alanine/analogs & derivatives , Antiviral Agents/blood , Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid/methods , Tandem Mass Spectrometry/methods , Adenosine/blood , Adenosine/pharmacokinetics , Adenosine/standards , Adenosine Monophosphate/blood , Adenosine Monophosphate/pharmacokinetics , Adenosine Monophosphate/standards , Alanine/blood , Alanine/pharmacokinetics , Alanine/standards , Animals , Antiviral Agents/pharmacokinetics , Antiviral Agents/standards , Limit of Detection , Male , Quality Control , Rats , Rats, Sprague-Dawley , Reference Standards , Reproducibility of Results
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Pharmacol Res Perspect ; 9(2): e00743, 2021 04.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1130677

ABSTRACT

Both antiviral treatment with remdesivir and hemoadsorption using a CytoSorb® adsorption device are applied in the treatment of severe COVID-19. The CytoSorb® adsorber consists of porous polymer beads that adsorb a broad range of molecules, including cytokines but also several therapeutic drugs. In this study, we evaluated whether remdesivir and its main active metabolite GS-441524 would be adsorbed by CytoSorb® . Serum containing remdesivir or GS-441524 was circulated in a custom-made system containing a CytoSorb® device. Concentrations of remdesivir and GS-441524 before and after the adsorber were analyzed by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Measurements of remdesivir in the outgoing tube after the adsorber indicated almost complete removal of remdesivir by the device. In the reservoir, concentration of remdesivir showed an exponential decay and was not longer detectable after 60 mins. GS-441524 showed a similar exponential decay but, unlike remdesivir, it reached an adsorption-desorption equilibrium at ~48 µg/L. Remdesivir and its main active metabolite GS-441524 are rapidly eliminated from the perfusate by the CytoSorb® adsorber device in vitro. This should be considered in patients for whom both therapies are indicated, and simultaneous application should be avoided. In general, plasma levels of therapeutic drugs should be closely monitored under concurrent CytoSorb® therapy.


Subject(s)
Adenosine Monophosphate/analogs & derivatives , Alanine/analogs & derivatives , COVID-19/therapy , Hemoperfusion/instrumentation , Adenosine/analogs & derivatives , Adenosine Monophosphate/blood , Adenosine Monophosphate/pharmacokinetics , Alanine/blood , Alanine/pharmacokinetics , Blood Chemical Analysis , COVID-19/blood , Chromatography, Liquid , Combined Modality Therapy , Furans/blood , Furans/pharmacokinetics , Hemoperfusion/adverse effects , Humans , Pyrroles/blood , Pyrroles/pharmacokinetics , Tandem Mass Spectrometry , Triazines/blood , Triazines/pharmacokinetics
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J Chromatogr B Analyt Technol Biomed Life Sci ; 1171: 122641, 2021 May 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1126911

ABSTRACT

Remdesivir, formerly GS-5734, has recently become the first antiviral drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2. Therapeutic dosing and pharmacokinetic studies require a simple, sensitive, and selective validated assay to quantify drug concentrations in clinical samples. Therefore, we developed a rapid and sensitive LC-MS/MS assay for the quantification of remdesivir in human plasma with its deuterium-labeled analog, remdesivir-2H5, as the internal standard. Chromatographic separation was achieved on a Phenomenex® Synergi™ HPLC Fusion-RP (100 × 2 mm, 4 µm) column by gradient elution. Excellent accuracy and precision (<5.2% within-run variations and. <9.8% between-run variations) were obtained over the range of 0.5-5000 ng/mL. The assay met the FDA Bioanalytical Guidelines for selectivity and specificity, and low inter-matrix lot variability (<2.7%) was observed for extraction efficiency (77%) and matrix effect (123%) studies. Further, stability tests showed that the analyte does not degrade under working conditions, nor during freezing and thawing processes.


Subject(s)
Adenosine Monophosphate/analogs & derivatives , Alanine/analogs & derivatives , Antiviral Agents/blood , COVID-19/drug therapy , Drug Monitoring/methods , Tandem Mass Spectrometry/methods , Adenosine Monophosphate/blood , Alanine/blood , Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid/economics , Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid/methods , Drug Monitoring/economics , Female , Humans , Limit of Detection , Male , Tandem Mass Spectrometry/economics
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Anal Biochem ; 617: 114118, 2021 03 15.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1064675

ABSTRACT

Remdesivir (RDV) is a phosphoramidate prodrug designed to have activity against a broad spectrum of viruses. Following IV administration, RDV is rapidly distributed into cells and tissues and simultaneously metabolized into GS-441524 and GS-704277 in plasma. LC-MS/MS methods were validated for determination of the 3 analytes in human plasma that involved two key aspects to guarantee their precision, accuracy and robustness. First, instability issues of the analytes were overcome by diluted formic acid (FA) treatment of the plasma samples. Secondly, a separate injection for each analyte was performed with different ESI modes and organic gradients to achieve sensitivity and minimize carryover. Chromatographic separation was achieved on an Acquity UPLC HSS T3 column (2.1 × 50 mm, 1.8 µm) with a run time of 3.4 min. The calibration ranges were 4-4000, 2-2000, and 2-2000 ng/mL, respectively for RDV, GS-441524 and GS-704277. The intraday and interday precision (%CV) across validation runs at 3 QC levels for all 3 analytes was less than 6.6%, and the accuracy was within ±11.5%. The long-term storage stability in FA-treated plasma was established to be 392, 392 and 257 days at -70 °C, respectively for RDV, GS-441524 and GS-704277. The validated method was successfully applied in COVID-19 related clinical studies.


Subject(s)
Adenosine Monophosphate/analogs & derivatives , Alanine/analogs & derivatives , Antiviral Agents/blood , Drug Monitoring/methods , Furans/blood , Pyrroles/blood , Tandem Mass Spectrometry/methods , Triazines/blood , Adenosine/analogs & derivatives , Adenosine Monophosphate/blood , Alanine/blood , COVID-19/drug therapy , Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid/methods , Humans , Limit of Detection
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J Pharm Biomed Anal ; 196: 113935, 2021 Mar 20.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1051795

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND: The present COVID-19 pandemic has prompted worldwide repurposing of drugs. The aim of the present work was to develop and validate a two-dimensional isotope-dilution liquid chromatrography tandem mass spectrometry (ID-LC-MS/MS) method for accurate quantification of remdesivir and its active metabolite GS-441524, chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir, ritonavir, favipiravir and azithromycin in serum; drugs that have gained attention for repurposing in the treatment of COVID-19. METHODS: Following protein precipitation, samples were separated with a two-dimensional ultra-high performance liquid chromatography (2D-UHPLC) setup, consisting of an online solid phase extraction (SPE) coupled to an analytical column. For quantification, stable isotope-labelled analogues were used as internal standards for all analytes. The method was validated on the basis of the European Medicines Agency bioanalytical method validation protocol. RESULTS: Detuning of lopinavir and ritonavir allowed simultaneous quantification of all analytes with different concentration ranges and sensitivity with a uniform injection volume of 5 µL. The method provided robust validation results with inaccuracy and imprecision values of ≤ 9.59 % and ≤ 11.1 % for all quality controls. CONCLUSION: The presented method is suitable for accurate and simultaneous quantification of remdesivir, its metabolite GS-441525, chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir, ritonavir, favipiravir and azithromycin in human serum. The quantitative assay may be an efficient tool for the therapeutic drug monitoring of these potential drug candidates in COVID-19 patients in order to increase treatment efficacy and safety.


Subject(s)
Antiviral Agents/blood , Antiviral Agents/therapeutic use , COVID-19/blood , COVID-19/drug therapy , Isotopes/chemistry , SARS-CoV-2/drug effects , Adenosine/analogs & derivatives , Adenosine Monophosphate/analogs & derivatives , Adenosine Monophosphate/blood , Alanine/analogs & derivatives , Alanine/blood , Amides/blood , Azithromycin/blood , Chloroquine/blood , Chromatography, Liquid/methods , Furans/blood , Humans , Hydroxychloroquine/blood , Lopinavir/blood , Pandemics/prevention & control , Pyrazines/blood , Pyrroles/blood , Ritonavir/blood , Tandem Mass Spectrometry/methods , Triazines/blood
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Virology ; 550: 61-69, 2020 11.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-726870

ABSTRACT

The world is in the midst of a pandemic caused by a novel coronavirus and is desperately searching for possible treatments. The antiviral remdesivir has shown some effectiveness against SARS-CoV-2 in vitro and in a recent animal study. We use data from a study of remdesivir in rhesus macaques to fit a viral kinetics model in an effort to determine the most appropriate mathematical descripton of the effect of remdesivir. We find statistically significant differences in the viral decay rate and use this to inform a possible mathematical formulation of the effect of remdesivir. Unfortunately, this model formulation suggests that the application of remdesivir will lengthen SARS-CoV-2 infections, putting into question its potential clinical benefit.


Subject(s)
Adenosine Monophosphate/analogs & derivatives , Alanine/analogs & derivatives , Antiviral Agents/pharmacokinetics , Betacoronavirus/drug effects , Coronavirus Infections/drug therapy , Models, Statistical , Pneumonia, Viral/drug therapy , Adenosine Monophosphate/blood , Adenosine Monophosphate/pharmacokinetics , Alanine/blood , Alanine/pharmacokinetics , Animals , Antiviral Agents/blood , Betacoronavirus/growth & development , Betacoronavirus/pathogenicity , COVID-19 , Coronavirus Infections/blood , Coronavirus Infections/virology , Disease Models, Animal , Drug Administration Schedule , Humans , Inflammation , Macaca mulatta , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral/blood , Pneumonia, Viral/virology , SARS-CoV-2 , Viral Load , Virus Replication
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Clin Chem Lab Med ; 58(9): 1461-1468, 2020 08 27.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-612048

ABSTRACT

Objectives: A method based on liquid chromatography coupled to triple quadrupole mass spectrometry detection using 50 µL of plasma was developed and fully validated for quantification of remdesivir and its active metabolites GS-441524. Methods: A simple protein precipitation was carried out using 75 µL of methanol containing the internal standard (IS) remdesivir-13C6 and 5 µL ZnSO4 1 M. After separation on Kinetex® 2.6 µm Polar C18 100A LC column (100 × 2.1 mm i.d.), both compounds were detected by a mass spectrometer with electrospray ionization in positive mode. The ion transitions used were m/z 603.3 â†’ m/z 200.0 and m/z 229.0 for remdesivir, m/z 292.2 â†’ m/z 173.1 and m/z 147.1 for GS-441524 and m/z 609.3 â†’ m/z 206.0 for remdesivir-13C6. Results: Calibration curves were linear in the 1-5000 µg/L range for remdesivir and 5-2500 for GS-441524, with limit of detection set at 0.5 and 2 µg/L and limit of quantification at 1 and 5 µg/L, respectively. Precisions evaluated at 2.5, 400 and 4000 µg/L for remdesivir and 12.5, 125, 2000 µg/L for GS-441524 were lower than 14.7% and accuracy was in the [89.6-110.2%] range. A slight matrix effect was observed, compensated by IS. Higher stability of remdesivir and metabolite was observed on NaF-plasma. After 200 mg IV single administration, remdesivir concentration decrease rapidly with a half-life less than 1 h while GS-441524 appeared rapidly and decreased slowly until H24 with a half-life around 12 h. Conclusions: This method would be useful for therapeutic drug monitoring of these compounds in Covid-19 pandemic.


Subject(s)
Adenosine Monophosphate/analogs & derivatives , Alanine/analogs & derivatives , Antiviral Agents/blood , Betacoronavirus , Chromatography, Liquid/methods , Coronavirus Infections/blood , Drug Monitoring/methods , Furans/blood , Pneumonia, Viral/blood , Pyrroles/blood , Tandem Mass Spectrometry/methods , Triazines/blood , Adenosine/analogs & derivatives , Adenosine Monophosphate/blood , Adenosine Monophosphate/pharmacokinetics , Alanine/blood , Alanine/pharmacokinetics , Antiviral Agents/pharmacokinetics , COVID-19 , Drug Stability , Female , Furans/pharmacokinetics , Humans , Limit of Detection , Male , Middle Aged , Pandemics , Pyrroles/pharmacokinetics , Reproducibility of Results , SARS-CoV-2 , Triazines/pharmacokinetics
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AAPS J ; 22(4): 77, 2020 05 26.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-377941

ABSTRACT

Remdesivir is one of the most promising drugs to treat COVID-19 based on the following facts: remdesivir has a broad-spectrum antiviral mechanism of action; it demonstrated in vitro activity against SARS-CoV-2 and in vivo efficacy in animal models against the similar coronavirus MERS-CoV; its safety profile has been tested in Ebola patients and in compassionate use in COVID-19 patients. Currently, remdesivir is being investigated in ten randomized controlled trials against COVID-19. The dose regimen of remdesivir is an IV loading dose of 200 mg on day 1 followed by daily IV maintenance doses of 100 mg for 5-9 days. Based on our data analysis, however, remdesivir with IV administration alone is unlikely to achieve excellent clinical efficacy. This analysis is based on the following observations: plasma exposures of remdesivir and its active metabolite are unlikely to be correlated with its clinical efficacy; remdesivir and its active metabolites are unlikely to be adequate in the lung to kill the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Even if remdesivir demonstrates benefits in the current randomized controlled trials, its efficacy may be limited. We suggest that a combination of an IV and pulmonary delivery dose regimen should be studied immediately to realize a potentially more effective antiviral therapy against COVID-19. Graphical abstract.


Subject(s)
Adenosine Monophosphate/analogs & derivatives , Alanine/analogs & derivatives , Antiviral Agents/therapeutic use , Betacoronavirus/drug effects , Coronavirus Infections/drug therapy , Pneumonia, Viral/drug therapy , Adenosine Monophosphate/administration & dosage , Adenosine Monophosphate/blood , Adenosine Monophosphate/chemistry , Adenosine Monophosphate/therapeutic use , Administration, Inhalation , Administration, Intravenous , Alanine/administration & dosage , Alanine/blood , Alanine/chemistry , Alanine/therapeutic use , Animals , COVID-19 , Humans , Pandemics , SARS-CoV-2
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J Antimicrob Chemother ; 75(7): 1772-1777, 2020 07 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-154881

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND: Remdesivir has received significant attention for its potential application in the treatment of COVID-19, caused by SARS-CoV-2. Remdesivir has already been tested for Ebola virus disease treatment and found to have activity against SARS and MERS coronaviruses. The remdesivir core contains GS-441524, which interferes with RNA-dependent RNA polymerases alone. In non-human primates, following IV administration, remdesivir is rapidly distributed into PBMCs and converted within 2 h to the active nucleoside triphosphate form, while GS-441524 is detectable in plasma for up to 24 h. Nevertheless, remdesivir pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in humans are still unexplored, highlighting the need for a precise analytical method for remdesivir and GS-441524 quantification. OBJECTIVES: The validation of a reliable UHPLC-MS/MS method for remdesivir and GS-441524 quantification in human plasma. METHODS: Remdesivir and GS-441524 standards and quality controls were prepared in plasma from healthy donors. Sample preparation consisted of protein precipitation, followed by dilution and injection into the QSight 220 UHPLC-MS/MS system. Chromatographic separation was obtained through an Acquity HSS T3 1.8 µm, 2.1 × 50 mm column, with a gradient of water and acetonitrile with 0.05% formic acid. The method was validated using EMA and FDA guidelines. RESULTS: Analyte stability has been evaluated and described in detail. The method successfully fulfilled the validation process and it was demonstrated that, when possible, sample thermal inactivation could be a good choice in order to improve biosafety. CONCLUSIONS: This method represents a useful tool for studying remdesivir and GS-441524 clinical pharmacokinetics, particularly during the current COVID-19 outbreak.


Subject(s)
Adenosine Monophosphate/analogs & derivatives , Adenosine Triphosphate/analogs & derivatives , Alanine/analogs & derivatives , Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid/methods , Hemorrhagic Fever, Ebola/drug therapy , Tandem Mass Spectrometry/methods , Adenosine Monophosphate/analysis , Adenosine Monophosphate/blood , Adenosine Monophosphate/pharmacokinetics , Adenosine Triphosphate/analysis , Adenosine Triphosphate/blood , Adenosine Triphosphate/pharmacokinetics , Alanine/analysis , Alanine/blood , Alanine/pharmacokinetics , Betacoronavirus , COVID-19 , Coronavirus Infections/drug therapy , Humans , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral/drug therapy , SARS-CoV-2 , Sensitivity and Specificity
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