Metarrestin is a first-in-class small molecule inhibitor targeting the perinucleolar compartment, a subnuclear body associated with metastatic capacity. Promising preclinical results led to the clinical translation of the compound into a first-in-human phase I trial (NCT04222413). To characterize metarrestin's pharmacokinetic profile in humans, a uHPLC-MS/MS assay was developed and validated to determine the disposition of the drug in human plasma. Efficient sample preparation was accomplished through one-step protein precipitation paired with elution through a phospholipid filtration plate. Chromatographic separation was achieved with gradient elution through an Acuity UPLC® BEH C18 column (50 × 2.1 mm, 1.7 µm). Tandem mass spectrometry facilitated the detection of metarrestin and tolbutamide, the internal standard. The effective calibration range spanned 1–5000 ng/mL and was both accurate (range −5.9 % to 4.9 % deviation) and precise (≤9.0 %CV). Metarrestin proved stable (≤4.9 % degradation) under various assay-imposed conditions. Matrix effects, extraction efficiency, and process efficiency were assessed. Further, the assay was successfully able to determine the disposition of orally administered metarrestin in patients from the lowest dose cohort (1 mg) for 48 h post-administration. Thus, the validated analytical method detailed in this work is simple, sensitive, and clinically applicable.
|Journal||Journal of Chromatography B: Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences|
|State||Published - 30 May 2023|
- Clinical Pharmacology
- Mass spectrometry