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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472358/metabolic-profile-determination-of-nbome-compounds-using-human-liver-microsomes-and-comparison-with-findings-in-authentic-human-blood-and-urine
#1
Keith-Dane H Temporal, Karen S Scott, Amanda L A Mohr, Barry K Logan
The emergence of novel psychoactive substances (NPS) such as hallucinogenic NBOMes (N-methoxybenzyl derivatives of 2C phenethylamines) in the past few years into the recreational drug market has introduced various challenges in forensic analytical toxicology in regard to adequate and timely detection of these compounds. This is especially true in samples from individuals who have experienced severe and fatal intoxications. The aim of this research was to identify the major Phase I metabolites of selected NBOMe compounds to generate a predicted human metabolic pathway of these substances...
May 3, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459969/reports-of-adverse-events-associated-with-use-of-novel-psychoactive-substances-2013-2016-a-review
#2
Barry K Logan, Amanda L A Mohr, Melissa Friscia, Alex J Krotulski, Donna M Papsun, Sherri L Kacinko, Jeri D Ropero-Miller, Marilyn A Huestis
Novel psychoactive substances (NPS) represent significant analytical and interpretive challenges to forensic and clinical toxicologists. Timely access to case reports and reports of adverse incidents of impairment or toxicity is imperative to clinical diagnosis and treatment, as well as to interpretation of forensic results. Delays in identifying the presence of a novel intoxicating agent have significant consequences for public health and public safety. Adverse effects of intoxications with novel cannabinoids, stimulants, hallucinogens, benzodiazepines and opioids spanning January 2013 through December 2016 as reported in emergency departments, death investigations, impaired driving cases and other forensic contexts are the subject of this review...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453638/etg-ets-in-serum-by-uhplc-ms-ms-in-suspected-sexual-assault-cases
#3
Solfrid Hegstad, Arne Helland, Cecilie Hagemann, Olav Spigset
A method including semi-automated extraction of ethyl glucuronide (EtG) and ethyl sulfate (EtS) from serum followed by ultra-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS-MS) has been developed and validated. Sample preparation prior to UHPLC-MS-MS analysis consisted of protein precipitation and filtration through a phospholipid removal plate. Chromatography was achieved using an HSS T3 column and gradient elution with formic acid in water in combination with methanol. The mass spectrometer was monitored in the negative mode with multiple reaction monitoring...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419252/sensitive-determination-of-cannabinoids-in-whole-blood-by-lc-ms-ms-after-rapid-removal-of-phospholipids-by-filtration
#4
Lambert K Sørensen, Jørgen B Hasselstrøm
Direct analysis of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other cannabinoids in crude acetonitrile extracts of whole blood by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry using pneumatically assisted electrospray ionization (LC-ESI-MS-MS) was subjected to pronounced ion suppression from co-eluting phospholipids (PLs). The interferences were mainly caused by the lysophosphatidylcholine and lysophosphatidylethanolamine classes of PLs. The PLs were easily removed from crude extracts by filtration through a sorbent with Lewis acid properties, which typically increased the THC and cannabinol (CBN) signal intensities by a factor of 5...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387807/validated-lc-ms-ms-method-for-simultaneous-analysis-of-17-barbiturates-in-horse-plasma-for-doping-control
#5
Ying Liu, Cornelius E Uboh, Xiaoqing Li, Fuyu Guan, Youwen You, George A Maylin, Fengchang Zhu, Lawrence R Soma
A rapid and sensitive method for simultaneous screening, quantification and confirmation of 17 barbiturates in horse plasma using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry is described. Analytes were recovered from plasma by liquid-liquid extraction using methyl tert-butyl ether, separated on a C18 column, and analyzed in negative electrospray ionization mode. Multiple-reaction monitoring was employed for screening and quantification. Confirmation for the presence of the analytes was achieved by comparing ion intensity ratio...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379393/profiting-from-probability-combining-low-and-high-probability-isotopes-as-a-tool-extending-the-dynamic-range-of-an-assay-measuring-amphetamine-and-methamphetamine-in-urine
#6
Anna M Miller, Melissa M Goggin, An Nguyen, Stephanie D Gozum, Gregory C Janis
A wide range of concentrations are frequently observed when measuring drugs of abuse in urine toxicology samples; this is especially true for amphetamine and methamphetamine. Routine liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry confirmatory methods commonly anchored at a 50 ng/mL lower limit of quantitation can span approximately a 100-fold concentration range before regions of non-linearity are reached deteriorating accurate quantitation and qualitative assessments. In our experience, approximately a quarter of amphetamine and methamphetamine positive samples are above a 5,000 ng/mL upper limit of quantitation and thus require reanalysis with dilution for accurate quantitative and acceptable qualitative results...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369647/developing-a-uhplc-qtof-ms-and-automated-library-search-method-for-screening-drugs-and-toxic-compounds-in-postmortem-specimens
#7
Hsiu-Chuan Liu, Chu-An Yang, Ray H Liu, Dong-Liang Lin
Screening and confirming the presence of drugs and toxic compounds in various matrices are important and challenging tasks routinely faced by forensic and clinical laboratories. Recent advances in the liquid chromatographic and mass spectrometric technologies have provided an opportunity for the development of more specific and effective approaches to achieve the "screening" and "confirmation" goals in a single analytical step. The objectives of this study are: (i) the establishment of an ultra-high performance liquid chromatographic, quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometric mass spectrometric and MS-MS spectral database, including 1,200 compounds of interest; and (ii) the development of an effective protocol, using this database and three searching algorithms, for general unknown screening of these compounds...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369523/desomorphine-screening-using-commercial-enzyme-linked-immunosorbent-assays
#8
Jessica Winborn, Sarah Kerrigan
Desomorphine ("Krokodil") is a semi-synthetic opioid that has drawn attention as a recreational drug, particularly in Russia, neighboring former Soviet Republics, Eastern and Central Europe. It has no accepted medicinal uses and is currently a schedule I drug in the United States. In clandestine environments, desomorphine is synthesized from codeine using red phosphorous, hydroiodic acid and gasoline. Residual starting materials in illicit preparations have been associated with severe dermatological effects and extensive tissue necrosis...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369517/identification-of-unique-metabolites-of-the-designer-opioid-furanyl-fentanyl
#9
Melissa M Goggin, An Nguyen, Gregory C Janis
The illicit drug market has seen an increase in designer opioids, including fentanyl and methadone analogs, and other structurally unrelated opioid agonists. The designer opioid, furanyl fentanyl, is one of many fentanyl analogs clandestinely synthesized for recreational use and contributing to the fentanyl and opioid crisis. A method has been developed and validated for the analysis of furanyl fentanyl and furanyl norfentanyl in urine specimens from pain management programs. Approximately 10% of samples from a set of 500 presumptive heroin-positive urine specimens were found to contain furanyl fentanyl, with an average concentration of 33...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335036/validated-method-for-the-screening-and-quantification-of-baclofen-gabapentin-and-pregabalin-in-human-post-mortem-whole-blood-using-protein-precipitation-and-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
#10
Limon Nahar, Amy Smith, Rajan Patel, Rebecca Andrews, Sue Paterson
There has been a rapid increase in the number of prescriptions for baclofen (BLF), gabapentin (GBP) and pregabalin (PGL) in the UK since their introduction to therapy. Recent studies across the European Union and USA have shown the illicit abuse potential of these drugs and deaths have been observed. A simple, reliable and fully validated method was developed for the screening and quantification of BLF, GBP and PGL in human post-mortem (PM) blood. The analytes and their deuterated analogs as internal standard were extracted from blood using a single addition acetonitrile protein precipitation reaction followed by analysis using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS-MS) with triggered dynamic multiple reaction monitoring mode for simultaneous confirmation and quantification...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335030/urinary-kinetics-of-heroin-metabolites-in-pigs-shortly-after-intake
#11
Gudrun Høiseth, André Gottås, Thomas Berg, Marianne Arnestad, Per Steinar Halvorsen, Liliana C Bachs
In previous experimental studies on heroin metabolites excretion in urine, the first sample was often collected a few hours after intake. In forensic cases, it is sometimes questioned if a positive urine result is expected e.g., 30 min after intake. The aim of this study was to investigate urinary excretion of heroin metabolites (morphine, 6-monoacetylmorphine (6-MAM) and morphine-3-glucuronide (M3G)) every 30 min until 330 min after injection of a 20 mg heroin dose in six pigs. Samples were analyzed using a previously published, fully validated liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334957/quechers-based-method-for-pesticides-analysis-in-adipose-tissue-associated-with-rat-ovaries
#12
Nathalie Zamariola, Pedro Toledo Netto, Carla Adriene da Silva Franchi, João Lauro Viana de Camargo, Mary Rosa Rodrigues de Marchi
The concomitant exposure to low doses of various pesticides is one of the most relevant issues in human toxicology today. An experimental toxicology study was developed to evaluate the effects of this type of exposure on the reproductive capacity of females of three species of rats that were exposed to mixtures of dicofol, dieldrin, endosulfan and permethrin at low doses (LOAEL and NOAEL). In this context, we have developed a method for determining pesticides in adipose tissue (0.5 g, 49% lipid) associated with the ovaries, based on the QuEChERS (quick, easy, cheap, effective, rugged and safe) strategy...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334921/internal-hydrolysis-indicator-for-sample-specific-monitoring-of-%C3%AE-glucuronidase-activity
#13
Lacy L Taylor, Noah A Flint, Vinh Ma, Brandy M Hill, Chantry J Clark, Frederick G Strathmann
Metabolized forms of benzodiazepines (benzos) can cause issues with mass spectrometry identification. Benzodiazepines undergo a process called glucuronidation during metabolism that attaches a glucuronic acid for increased solubility. Often in clinical testing an enzymatic hydrolysis step is implemented to increase the sensitivity of benzodiazepines by hydrolyzing β-D-glucuronic acid from benzodiazepine-glucuronide conjugates in urine samples using the β-Glucuronidase enzyme. In this study resorufin β-D-glucuronide, a substrate of the β-Glucuronidase enzyme, was added to patient samples to determine if proper hydrolysis had occurred...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334901/benzonatate-toxicity-nothing-to-cough-at
#14
Sandra C Bishop-Freeman, Erin M Shonsey, Laura W Friederich, Michael C Beuhler, Ruth E Winecker
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 1, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334841/oral-fluid-testing-for-cocaine-analytical-evaluation-of-two-point-of-collection-drug-screening-devices
#15
Juliana Nichterwitz Scherer, Taís Regina Fiorentin, Tanara Rosangela Vieira Sousa, Renata Pereira Limberger, Flavio Pechansky
The use of point-of-collection testing (POCT) devices for drugs of abuse in oral fluid (OF) is an advantageous tool that has been used for different purposes-particularly traffic enforcement. However, even with the widespread report of cocaine consumption, the reliability of POCT devices has been reported in different magnitudes. This study evaluated the reliability of two POCT devices for the detection of cocaine in OF samples of 110 cocaine users: (i) the DDS2™ (cutoff = 30 ng/mL) and (ii) the Multi-Drugs Multi-Line-Twist Screen Test Device™ (MDML) (cutoff = 20 ng/mL)...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334817/stability-of-synthetic-cannabinoids-in-biological-specimens-analysis-through-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
#16
Chelsea Fort, Thomas Jourdan, Jesse Kemp, Byron Curtis
The focus of this study was to determine the stability of four synthetic cannabinoids, XLR-11, UR-144, AB-Pinaca and AB-Fubinaca in biological specimens for the purpose of casework processing prioritization. The study used human whole blood spiked with the compounds of interest to mimic real forensic laboratory samples submitted for synthetic cannabinoid analysis. The spiked whole blood specimens were incubated under one of three temperature conditions: room or ambient (22°C), refrigerated (4°C) and frozen (-20°C) for a period of 12 weeks...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334805/hair-testing-for-drugs-of-abuse-and-new-psychoactive-substances-in-a-high-risk-population
#17
Alberto Salomone, Joseph J Palamar, Enrico Gerace, Daniele Di Corcia, Marco Vincenti
Hundreds of new psychoactive substances (NPS) have emerged in the drug market over the last decade. Few drug surveys in the USA, however, ask about use of NPS, so prevalence and correlates of use are largely unknown. A large portion of NPS use is unintentional or unknown as NPS are common adulterants in drugs like ecstasy/Molly, and most NPS are rapidly eliminated from the body, limiting efficacy of urine, blood and saliva testing. We utilized a novel method of examining prevalence of NPS use in a high-risk population utilizing hair-testing...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201761/evaluation-of-an-automated-reader-and-color-interpretation-based-immunoassays-for-multiplexed-drug-of-abuse-testing-in-urine
#18
Seon Young Kim, Hyunjin Kim, Yeongchun Park, Jinsook Lim, Jimyung Kim, Sun Hoe Koo, Gye Cheol Kwon
On-site drugs of abuse testing devices have undergone continuous improvement. We evaluated three devices with different designs: an automated reader, the Multi-Drug Screen Test Device with DxLINK (DxLINK; Innovacon, Alere, San Diego, USA) and two colorimetric immunoassays, the One Step Multi-Line Screen Panel with Integrated E-Z Split Key Cup II (E-Z Cup; Innovacon, Alere) and the One Step Multi-Drug Screen Panel card (Multi4 card; Alere, Abon Biopharm, Hangzhou, China). Eleven drugs [amphetamine, secobarbital, oxazepam, buprenorphine, benzoylecgonine, methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), 11-nor-9-carboxy-Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), methamphetamine, methadone, morphine and nortriptyline] were tested using the DxLINK and E-Z Cup...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184434/tell-tale-snps-the-role-of-cyp2b6-in-methadone-fatalities
#19
Taha Ahmad, Samie Sabet, Donald A Primerano, Lauren L Richards-Waugh, Gary O Rankin
Cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzyme 2B6 plays a significant role in the stereo-selective metabolism of (S)-methadone to 2-ethyl-1,5-dimethyl-3,3-diphenylpyrrolidine, an inactive methadone metabolite. Elevated (S)-methadone can cause cardiotoxicity by prolonging the QT interval of the heart's electrical cycle. Large inter-individual variability of methadone pharmacokinetics causes discordance in the relationship between dose, plasma concentrations and side effects. The purpose of this study was to determine if one or more single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) located within the CYP2B6 gene contributes to a poor metabolizer phenotype for methadone in these fatal cases...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168281/medical-findings-and-toxicological-analysis-in-infant-death-by-balloon-gas-asphyxia-a-case-report
#20
Eva Cuypers, Elien Rosier, Sara Loix, Wim Develter, Wouter Van Den Bogaert, Joke Wuestenbergs, Wim Van de Voorde, Jan Tytgat
In recent years, the increasing number of asphyxiation cases due to helium inhalation is remarkable. All described cases in the literature where diagnosed as suicide. In this article, however, we describe a triple infant homicide in which helium, as balloon gas, was administered to three young children after sedation causing asphyxiation and death through the medical findings and toxicological analysis. During autopsy, in addition to standard toxicological samples, gas samples from lungs as well as lung tissue itself were directly collected into headspace vials...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
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