Determination of serum concentrations of glycyrrhizin in humans by semi-micro high-performance liquid chromatography after administration of a therapeutic dose

S. Ishiwata, K. Nakashita, M. Niizeki, N. Suzuki, S. Kaneko, Y. Tomioka, T. Hishinuma, M. Mizugaki

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Abstract

A simple and sensitive semi-micro high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) was established for determining the serum levels of glycyrrhizin (GL) in humans. Butyl p-hydroxybenzoate was used as the internal standard and serum was deproteinized by methanol. The samples were separated on a Capcell Pak C18 UG120 column (150 x 1.5 mm i.d.; particle size, 5 μm). The detection limit of GL in serum was 100 ng/ml, which enables determination of serum levels of GL after administration of a therapeutic dose. The time-course study suggested that the elimination rate of GL differed between subjects for the same administered dose, although the sample was too small to allow a meaningful comment. In clinical practice, GL is used for its antiviral and anti-inflammatory effects. Excessive administration of GL can induce pseudoaldosteronism; however the optimal GL concentration in serum remains to be determined. The determination method reported here is expected to aid in the safe and efficient use of the drug in clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)904-905
Number of pages2
JournalBiological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Volume23
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2000

Keywords

  • Determination
  • Glycyrrhizin
  • Semi-micro HPLC
  • Serum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science

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