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A Unique Automation Platform for Metabolite Identification Studies

Krauser, Joel, Walles, Markus, Wolf, Thierry, Graf, Daniel and Swart, Pieter Jacob (2012) A Unique Automation Platform for Metabolite Identification Studies. PloS One, 7 (6). e39070. ISSN 1932-6203


Generation and interpretation of biotransformation data on drugs, i.e. identification of physiologically relevant metabolites, defining metabolic pathways and elucidation of metabolite structures, have become increasingly important to the drug development process. Profiling using 14C or 3H radiolabel is defined as the chromatographic separation and quantification of drug-related material in a given biological sample derived from an in vitro, preclinical in vivo or clinical study. Metabolite profiling is a very time intensive activity, particularly for preclinical in vivo or clinical studies which have defined limitations on radiation burden and exposure levels.
A clear gap exists for certain studies which do not require specialized high volume automation technologies, yet these studies would still clearly benefit from automation. Use of radiolabeled compounds in preclinical and clinical ADME studies, specifically for metabolite profiling and identification are a very good example. The current lack of automation for measuring low level radioactivity in metabolite profiling requires substantial capacity, personal attention and resources from laboratory scientists. To help address these challenges and improve efficiency, we have innovated, developed and implemented a novel and flexible automation platform that integrates a robotic plate handling platform, HPLC or UPLC system, mass spectrometer and an automated fraction collector.

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Keywords: platecrane, metabolite quantitation, Topcount, automation
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Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2015 13:14
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2015 13:14


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