Application of an enantioselective LC-ESI MS/MS procedure to determine R- and S-hyoscyamine following intravenous atropine administration in swine.

Abstract

S-hyoscyamine (S-hyo) is a natural plant tropane alkaloid acting as a muscarinic receptor (MR) antagonist. Its racemic mixture (atropine) is clinically used in pre-anaesthesia, ophthalmology and for the antidotal treatment of organophosphorus (OP) poisoning with nerve agents or pesticides even though R-hyo exhibits no effects on MR. Further investigative research is required to optimize treatment of OP poisoning. Swine are often the animal model utilized due to similarities in physiology and antidote response to humans. However, no studies have been reported that elucidated differences in the kinetics of R- and S-hyo. Therefore, the concentration-time profiles of total hyo as well as both enantiomers were analyzed in plasma after intravenous administration of atropine sulfate (Atr(2) SO(4) , 100 µg/kg) to anaesthetized swine. For quantification plasma samples were incubated separately with human serum (procedure A) and rabbit serum (procedure B). The rabbit serum used contained atropinesterase, which is suitable for stereoselective hydrolysis of S-hyo, while human serum does not hydrolyze either enantiomer. After incubation samples were precipitated and the supernatant was analyzed by RP-HPLC-ESI MS/MS. Procedure A allowed determination of total hyo and procedure B remaining R-hyo concentrations. S-hyo was calculated as the difference of the two procedures. Concentration data were regressed by a two-phase decay according to a two-compartment open model revealing similar kinetics for both enantiomers thus indicating distribution, metabolism and elimination without obvious stereoselective preference in tested swine.

DOI: 10.1002/dta.338

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@article{John2012ApplicationOA, title={Application of an enantioselective LC-ESI MS/MS procedure to determine R- and S-hyoscyamine following intravenous atropine administration in swine.}, author={Harald John and John R. Mikler and Franz Worek and Horst Thiermann}, journal={Drug testing and analysis}, year={2012}, volume={4 3-4}, pages={194-8} }