A stable HMG-CoA reductase (HMGR) reaction in vitro was developed by a sensitive, selective and precise liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method. The optimized enzyme reaction condition contained 1.5 μg of HMGR, 20 nM of NADPH with 50 min of reaction time. The method was validated by several intra- and inter-day assays. The production transitions of m/z 147.0/59.1 and m/z 154.0/59.1 were used to detect and quantify mevalonolactone (MVAL) and MVAL-D7, respectively. The accuracy and precision of the method were evaluated over the concentration range of 0.005-1.000 μg/mL for MVAL and 0.010-0.500 μg/mL for lovastatin acid in three validation batch runs. The lower limit of quantitation was found to be 0.005 μg/mL for MVAL and 0.010 μg/mL for lovastatin acid. Intra-day and inter-day precision ranged from 0.95% to 2.39% and 2.26% to 3.38% for MVAL, 1.46% to 3.89% and 0.57% to 5.10% for lovastatin acid, respectively. The results showed that the active ingredients in Xuezhikang capsules were 12.2 and 14.5 mg/g, respectively. This assay method could be successfully applied to the quality control study of Xuezhikang capsule for the first time.
Wang, J., Sun, J. Y., Sha, C. J., Shao, Y. F., Liu, Y. H., Li, Y. X., … Liu, W. H. (2015). Optimization, validation and application of an assay for the activity of HMG-CoA reductase in vitro by LC-MS/MS. Journal of Pharmaceutical Analysis, 5(6), 383–388. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpha.2015.06.002