Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry in the study of the metabolism of drugs and other xenobiotics

Biomed Chromatogr. 2000 Oct;14(6):351-72. doi: 10.1002/1099-0801(200010)14:6<351::AID-BMC28>3.0.CO;2-2.


The application of liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC/MS) to the study of metabolism of drugs and other xenobiotics is reviewed. Original research papers covering the period from 1998 to early 2000 and concerning the use of LC/MS in the study of xenobiotic metabolism in humans and other mammalian species are reviewed. LC/MS interfaces, sample preparation steps, column types, mobile phases and additives, and the type of metabolites detected are summarized and discussed in an attempt to identify the current and future trends in the use of LC/MS for metabolism studies. Applications are listed according to the parent xenobiotic type and include substances used in therapeutics, drug candidates, compounds being evaluated in clinical trials, environmental pollutants, adulterants and naturally occurring substances.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Chromatography, Liquid / methods*
  • Humans
  • Mass Spectrometry / methods*
  • Pharmaceutical Preparations / metabolism*
  • Xenobiotics / metabolism*


  • Pharmaceutical Preparations
  • Xenobiotics