A liquid chromatographic assay was modified for the simultaneous determination of rifampin (R) and its major metabolite, 25- desacetylrifampin (2S-DR1 in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and plasma in the rabbit. R, 25-DR and the internal standard, p-methylaminobenzoic acid (PMAB), were in an acidified sample at pH 4.2 containing 2% ascorbic acid as anti-oxidant and extracted into organic solvent (dicthylether: dichloromethane, 3:2). The residue of the solvent extract was dissolved in 75µl methanol. The concentration was analysed by a liquid chromatograph consisting of a LDC pump using a reversed phase pre-column (30 µm C8) linked to a radial pak column (10 µm C9) The compounds were eluted with acetonitrile-10 mmol/L phosphate buffer, KH2PO4, at pH 3.5 (40:60, vol : vol). The eluates are detected at 254 nm. The assay has been used to investigate the disposition of R and 25-DR in CSF and plasma of the rabbits.
- cerebrospinal fluid,
- high pressure liquid chromatography
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