Quantification of Plasma and Urine Thymidine and 2'-Deoxyuridine by LC-MS/MS for the Pharmacodynamic Evaluation of Erythrocyte Encapsulated Thymidine Phosphorylase in Patients with Mitochondrial Neurogastrointestinal Encephalomyopathy

Kipper K., Hecht M., Antunes N. J. , Fairbanks L. D. , Levene M., Ucar S. K. , ...Daha Fazla

JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MEDICINE, cilt.9, 2020 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 9 Konu: 3
  • Basım Tarihi: 2020
  • Doi Numarası: 10.3390/jcm9030788


Mitochondrial neurogastrointestinal encephalomyopathy (MNGIE) is an ultra-rare disorder caused by mutations in TYMP, leading to a deficiency in thymidine phosphorylase and a subsequent systemic accumulation of thymidine and 2'-deoxyuridine. Erythrocyte-encapsulated thymidine phosphorylase (EE-TP) is under clinical development as an enzyme replacement therapy for MNGIE. Bioanalytical methods were developed according to regulatory guidelines for the quantification of thymidine and 2'-deoxyuridine in plasma and urine using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) for supporting the pharmacodynamic evaluation of EE-TP. Samples were deproteinized with 5% perchloric acid (v/v) and the supernatants analyzed using a Hypercarb column (30 x 2.1 mm, 3 mu m), with mobile phases of 0.1% formic acid in methanol and 0.1% formic acid in deionized water. Detection was conducted using an ion-spray interface running in positive mode. Isotopically labelled thymidine and 2'-deoxyuridine were used as internal standards. Calibration curves for both metabolites showed linearity (r > 0.99) in the concentration ranges of 10-10,000 ng/mL for plasma, and 1-50 mu g/mL for urine, with method analytical performances within the acceptable criteria for quality control samples. The plasma method was successfully applied to the diagnosis of two patients with MNGIE and the quantification of plasma metabolites in three patients treated with EE-TP.