Factors leading to the degradation/loss of insulin in postmortem blood samples.

  title={Factors leading to the degradation/loss of insulin in postmortem blood samples.},
  author={Cora Wunder and Gerold F. Kauert and Stefan W Toennes},
  journal={Forensic science international},
Since lethal insulin injection has been used in murder and suicide cases, its non-ambiguous detection in postmortem, mostly hemolytic blood samples is still a problem. In the present study the stability of insulin and reasons for its loss in those blood samples were examined. When incubated with buffer, serum or with intact blood cell suspensions insulin concentrations were found to remain stable over time, but a significant loss of insulin was observed in hemolyzed blood samples. This was not… CONTINUE READING
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