Quantitative determination of several synthetic corticosteroids by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry after purification by immunoaffinity chromatography.

Abstract

A study was conducted to test a multiresidue analytical procedure for detecting and quantifying several corticosteroids on which the European Union imposes maximum residue limits (MRLs). Primary extracts from different matrices (liver, milk, urine, faeces) were first purified on C18 cartridges. A new immunoaffinity clean-up step was included. The immunoaffinity gel was used to purify several corticosteroids simultaneously with enrichment of the corresponding fractions. The extracts were treated with an aqueous solution of pyridinium chlorochromate to fully oxidise all corticosteroids and to facilitate their extraction with dichloromethane. After evaporation, the final extract was reconstituted with toluene before injection into the GC-MS apparatus. The analysis was performed in the CI-negative ionisation mode using ammonia as the reactant gas. The estimated detection and quantification limits were, respectively, 0.25 and 0.5 ppb or lower. Overall, the method is reproducible to within 20%. Recovery is between 50 and 80% according to the corticosteroid.

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@article{Delahaut1997QuantitativeDO, title={Quantitative determination of several synthetic corticosteroids by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry after purification by immunoaffinity chromatography.}, author={P H Delahaut and Paul Jacquemin and Y Colemonts and M Dubois and Jacques De Graeve and Hubert Deluyker}, journal={Journal of chromatography. B, Biomedical sciences and applications}, year={1997}, volume={696 2}, pages={203-15} }