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Journal of Analytical Methods in Chemistry
Volume 2012, Article ID 436349, 7 pages
Research Article

High-Performance Liquid Chromatography Assay for Moxifloxacin in Brain Tissue and Plasma: Validation in a Pharmacokinetic Study in a Murine Model of Cerebral Listeriosis

1Laboratoire de Suivi Thérapeutique et de Contrôle des Médicaments, Service de Pharmacie, Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP), Hôpital Necker-Enfants Malades, 75015 Paris, France
2Laboratoire de Listeria, Centre National de Référence des Listeria and World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Foodborne Listeriosis, Institut Pasteur, 75015 Paris, France

Received 21 November 2011; Accepted 29 December 2011

Academic Editor: Adam Voelkel

Copyright © 2012 Renaud Respaud et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Moxifloxacin is a broad-spectrum antibacterial 8-methoxy-fluoroquinolone. In order to evaluate the pharmacokinetic properties of moxifloxacin in mouse plasma and brain tissue, we developed a high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method. This study was based on single-drug delivery, intravenously dosed in a central listeriosis murine model. The method employed a reversed-phase Lichrospher RP-18 with a precolumn (250×4.6 mm) and a mobile phase composed of a mixture of acetonitrile, methanol, and citric buffer (pH=3.5) with sodium dodecyl sulfate and tetrabutylammonium bromide. Fluorescence detection was performed at an excitation wavelength of 290 nm and an emission wavelength of 550 nm. The relative standard deviation of intra- and inter-day assays was <10%. This validated method led to a short retention time (8.0 min) for moxifloxacin. The standard curves were linear from 5–250 μg/L in plasma and from 0.1–2.5 μg/g of brain tissue. The limits of quantification were 5 μg/L in plasma and 0.1 μg/g in brain tissue. The method enabled the detection of systemic antimicrobial in plasma and in CNS in Listeria-infected mice. Injected moxifloxacin passed through the encephalic barrier within a 30 to 60 min after injection time frame. Moxifloxacin pharmacokinetics are modeled in an infected model compared to control mice.