This application note evaluates the ability of an ultrafast SPE/MS/MS system (Agilent RapidFire high-throughput MS system) which is capable of analysis times of <10 seconds per sample to analyze levetiracetam in human serum.
Mass spectrometry-based analyses have emerged as a viable analytical method due to their sensitivity, specificity, and robustness. In this application, the Agilent RapidFire/MS System is shown to have comparable accuracy, precision, linearity, and sensitivity to LC/MS/MS, but with a 10-fold faster sample analysis cycle time.
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Results and Discussion
Prepared calibration standards and commercially available quality controls were analyzed using a RapidFire/MS system in triplicate over a series of days to establish both intra- and interday precision and accuracy. Levetiracetam (both the quantifier and qualifier ions) had intra- and interday accuracies within 15% and coefficient of variation values less than 10% for all concentrations within the linear range. This method had excellent linearity within the measured range of 1 to 100 μg/mL with an R2 value greater than 0.995.
Based on these results, levetiracetam can be accurately and precisely measured in human serum using the Agilent RapidFire/MS system at rates of 9.5 seconds per sample. While the analytical results of human samples were comparable to LC/MS/MS, the analysis time was approximately 10 times faster. RapidFire/MS may be useful for the fast and efficient analysis of similar targets of clinical research.