HPLC Method Development, Validation and Impurity Characterization for an Antitumor Hsp90 Inhibitor-PU-H71 (NSC 750424)


Liu, M., Wang, J., Wu, X., Wang, E., Baptista, D., Scott, B., & Liu, P. (2014). HPLC method development, validation and impurity characterization for an antitumor Hsp90 inhibitor-PU-H71 (NSC 750424). Journal of Pharmacology and Biomedical Analysis, 89, 34-41. doi: 10.1016/j.jpba.2013.10.021


An HPLC method for the assay of the heat shock protein 90 inhibitor, PU-H71 (NSC 750424), has been developed and validated. The stress testing of PU-H71 was carried out in accordance with ICH guidelines Q1A (R2) under aqueous, acidic, alkaline, oxidative, thermolytic and photolytic conditions. The separation of PU-H71 from its impurities and degradation products was achieved within 50min on a Mac-Mod ACE 3 C18 column (150mm×4.6mm i.d., 3μm) with a gradient mobile phase comprising 20-95% acetonitrile in water, with 0.1% trifluroacetic acid in both phases. LC-quadrupole TOF/MS was used to obtain accurate mass data on various components as well as on their fragments for characterization of impurities and degradation products. The proposed HPLC assay method was validated for specificity, linearity (concentration range 0.1-0.3mg/mL, r≥0.9998), accuracy (recovery 99.7-101.1%), precision (intra-lab RSD≤1.39%, inter-lab RSD≤0.91%), sensitivity (LOD 0.08μg/mL), and ruggedness. The developed method was suitable for the assay and stability monitoring of PU-H71 drug substance.

Keywords: ACN; ADP; ATP; Forced degradation; HPLC validation; Hsp; Impurity characterization; NSC 750424; PDA; PU-H71; Q-TOF; RRT; S/N; Stability study; TFA; acetonitrile; adenosine diphosphate; adenosine triphosphate; heat shock protein; photodiode array; quadrupole time-of-flight; relative retention time; signal to noise ratio; trifluoroacetic acid.

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