LIQUID-CHROMATOGRAPHY THERMOSPRAY MASS-SPECTROMETRIC ASSAY FOR TRENBOLONE IN BOVINE BILE AND FECES

Margaret Hewitt, W.J. Blanchflower, Derek McCaughey, Christopher Elliott, Diarmuid Kennedy

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Abstract

A liquid chromatography-thermospray mass spectrometric assay was developed and validated to confirm the presence of illegal residues of the synthetic androgenic growth promoter, trenbolone acetate, in cattle. The assay was specific for 17alpha-trenbolone, the major bovine metabolite of trenbolone acetate. Methods were developed for the determination of 17alpha-trenbolone in both bile and faeces, the most appropriate matrices for the control of trenbolone acetate abuse. The clean-up.procedure developed relied on enzymatic hydrolysis, followed by sequential liquid-liquid and liquid-solid extraction. The extracts were then subjected to immunoaffinity chromatography. 17alpha-Trenbolone was detected by selected ion monitoring at m/z 271 using positive ion thermospray ionisation. The limit of detection was approximately 0.5 ng/g in faeces and 0.5 ng/ml in bile.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-191
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of chromatography. B, Biomedical sciences and applications
Volume639
Publication statusPublished - 1993

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