Bioanalysis Vol. 14 No. 1 | Research Article

Novel hydrophilic-phase extraction, HILIC and high-resolution MS quantification of an RNA oligonucleotide in plasma


Aim: In the theme of quantitative LC–MS bioanalysis of oligonucleotides free of ion-pairing, a 22-mer RNA oligonucleotide took center stage. The focus was on a unique polar-based retention scheme to produce a high-recovery extraction presenting a high-performance alternative extraction means, also there was the opportunity to involve hydrophilic-interaction liquid chromatography and contemporary high-resolution MS as the end point. Results: Original LC–MS methodology was developed for the oligonucleotide and the performance was robust for both nominal and accurate mass detection, the latter affording 10× improvement in sensitivity and 4000-fold linear dynamic range, 500 pM to 2000 nM. Conclusion: A novel means of solid-phase extraction is exhibited within a robust pair-free methodology, reaching pM sensitivity with the demonstrably beneficial accurate mass platform.

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