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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207195/increasing-the-linear-dynamic-range-in-lc-ms-is-it-valid-to-use-a-less-abundant-isotopologue
#1
Stephen Trobbiani, Peter Stockham, Timothy Scott
Liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MS) has quickly become the analytical method of choice in forensic toxicology laboratories due to its ability to detect a very wide range of compounds in a single analysis. One of the major limitations of LC/MS however, is a relatively limited linear dynamic range for quantitation. A new approach to combating this problem is to use the [(+1) M + H](+) isotope mass peak for quantitation, thereby reducing saturation at the detector and extending the linear range...
February 16, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182836/an-exploratory-study-evaluating-the-impact-of-opioid-and-non-opioid-pain-medications-on-serum-plasma-free-testosterone-and-free-estradiol-concentrations
#2
Julie A Ray, Mark M Kushnir, A Wayne Meikle, Jill E Sindt, Frederick G Strathmann
Chronic use of opioid medications has been reported to cause altered sexual function. It is not known if non-opioid pain medications have similar effects. Assessment of this effect through the measurement of concentrations of free hormones is limited. Positivity of opioid medications (hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, methadone, tramadol and fentanyl) and non-opioid pain medications (gabapentin or pregabalin) in human serum and plasma samples from adult men and women were evaluated for association with concentrations of free testosterone (fTe) and free estradiol (fE2) measured using equilibrium dialysis-liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry methods...
February 9, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178765/enantioselective-analysis-of-citalopram-and-demethylcitalopram-in-human-whole-blood-by-chiral-lc-ms-ms-and-application-in-forensic-cases
#3
Sys Stybe Johansen
Citalopram is one of the most frequently used antidepressants in Denmark. Citalopram is marketed as a racemic mixture (50:50) of S- and R-enantiomers as well as of the S-enantiomer alone, which is the active enantiomer named escitalopram that processes the inhibitory effects. In this study, a chiral liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method is developed for the measurement of citalopram and demethylcitalopram enantiomers in whole blood and is applied to forensic cases. Whole blood samples (0...
February 8, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28140519/structural-insights-into-anticancer-activity-of-d-ring-modified-estrone-derivatives-using-their-lipophilicity-in-estimation-of-sar-and-molecular-docking-studies
#4
Jovana Trifunović, Vladan Borčić, Saša Vukmirovic, Momir Mikov
PURPOSE: Many forms of breast carcinoma are hormone-dependent and therefore development of novel aromatase inhibitors is of particular interest. Since brain metastases are frequent in patients with advanced breast carcinoma, one of the goals of modern drug development is the discovery of drugs with specific pharmacokinetic profile. METHODS: HPTLC is often used to determine lipophilicity of the molecules based on their retention constant. As a predictive analysis, multiple linear regression method was performed in order to connect pharmacokinetic dependent parameters with independent physicochemical properties such are: RM(0) , TPSA and Mw of fourteen D-ring modified estrone derivatives...
January 31, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28133938/characterisation-of-hallucinogenic-phenethylamines-using-high-resolution-mass-spectrometry-for-non-targeted-screening-purposes
#5
Daniel Pasin, Adam Cawley, Sergei Bidny, Shanlin Fu
Hallucinogenic phenethylamines such as 2,5-dimethoxyphenethylamines (2C-X) and their N-(2-methoxybenzyl) derivatives (25X-NBOMe) has seen an increase in novel analogues in recent years. These rapidly changing analogues make it difficult for laboratories to rely on traditional targeted screening methods to detect unknown new psychoactive substances (NPS). In this study, twelve 2C-X, six 2,5-dimethoxyamphetamines (DOX) and fourteen 25X-NBOMe derivatives, including two deuterated derivatives (2C-B-d6 and 25I-NBOMe-d9 ), were analysed using ultra-performance liquid chromatography coupled with quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UPLC-QTOF-MS)...
January 29, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117560/pharmacokinetics-of-betamethasone-in-plasma-urine-and-synovial-fluid-following-intra-articular-administration-to-exercised-thoroughbred-horses
#6
Heather K Knych, Scott D Stanley, Linda M Harrison, Daniel S McKemie
The use of corticosteroids, such as betamethasone, in performance horses is tightly regulated. The objective of the current study was to describe the plasma pharmacokinetics of betamethasone as well as time related urine and synovial fluid concentrations following intra-articular administration to horses. Twelve racing fit adult Thoroughbred horses received a single intra-articular administration (9 mg) of a betamethasone sodium phosphate & betamethasone acetate injectable suspension into the right antebrachiocarpal joint...
January 24, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105782/thirteen-years-of-fight-against-doping-in-figures
#7
Millán Aguilar, Jesús Muñoz-Guerra, María Del Mar Plata, Juan Del Coso
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 19, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103651/addressing-the-challenges-in-forensic-drug-chemistry
#8
EDITORIAL
Simon D Brandt, Pierce V Kavanagh
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 19, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103426/analytical-characterization-and-pharmacological-evaluation-of-the-new-psychoactive-substance-4-fluoromethylphenidate-4%C3%A2-f-mph-and-differentiation-between-the-%C3%A2-threo-and-%C3%A2-erythro-diastereomers
#9
Gavin McLaughlin, Noreen Morris, Pierce V Kavanagh, John D Power, Geraldine Dowling, Brendan Twamley, John O'Brien, Gary Hessman, Brian Murphy, Donna Walther, John S Partilla, Michael H Baumann, Simon D Brandt
Misuse of (±)-threo-methylphenidate (methyl-2-phenyl-2-(piperidin-2-yl)acetate; Ritalin®, MPH) has long been acknowledged, but the appearance of MPH analogs in the form of 'research chemicals' has only emerged in more recent years. 4-Fluoromethylphenidate (4 F-MPH) is one of these recent examples and this study presents the identification and analytical characterization of two powdered 4 F-MPH products that were obtained from an online vendor in 2015. Interestingly, the products appeared to have originated from two distinct batches given that one product consisted of (±)-threo-4 F-MPH isomers whereas the second sample consisted of a mixture of (±)-threo and (±)-erythro 4 F-MPH...
January 19, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102586/creatinine-in-urine-a-method-comparison
#10
Marc Luginbühl, Wolfgang Weinmann
Drug screening in urine is widely applied in forensic toxicology. Contrary to blood analysis, excessive or reduced fluid intake can substantially alter the concentration of substances in urine. As a standard to detect urinary dilution, creatinine concentrations are analyzed. A sample with a concentration below 20 mg/dL is generally defined as too diluted to provide a valid result in abstinence control samples. This work investigates the potential of three different methods for the determination of creatinine concentrations in urine samples: A ZIC-HILIC based LC-MS/MS method, a spectrophotometric method on an AU 480 chemistry system, and a portable, immunoassay based point-of-care testing device was compared by measuring 200 urine samples...
January 19, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092435/microbial-biotransformation-of-five-pyrrolidinophenone-type-psychoactive-substances-in-wastewater-and-a-wastewater-isolated-pseudomonas-putida-strain
#11
Marie Mardal, Markus Bischoff, María Ibáñez, Ulla Ruffing, Félix Hernández, Markus R Meyer
Wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) employs the analysis of wastewater to detect and quantify drug use and discharge within a community. In this work, transformation products (TP) by microbes in the environment were identified after incubations in wastewater and an isolated microbial strain. The microbial strain was isolated from an enrichment culture of wastewater supplemented with 3,4-methylenedioxy-pyrovalerone, and identified by matrix assisted laser desorption - time of flight mass spectrometry as Pseudomonas putida (P...
January 16, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087984/challenges-in-detecting-substances-for-equine-anti-doping
#12
REVIEW
A G Fragkaki, N Kioukia-Fougia, P Kiousi, M Kioussi, M Tsivou
The artificial increase of the physical capability of horses using drugs is well-known in racing and in other equine sports. Both illicit and therapeutic substances are regarded as prohibited substances in competition in most countries. Some countries do make distinctions for a few, specific drugs which are, however, allowed for use in other countries. The primary objective in the case of doping control is the detection of any trace of drug exposure, either parent drug or any of its metabolites, using the most powerful analytical methods which generally are based on chromatographic/mass spectrometric techniques...
January 14, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087978/identification-of-gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-metabolites-in-greyhound-urine
#13
David Palmer, Katie Rademaker, Ingrid Martin, Joan Hessell, Rob Howitt
Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) is a 10-residue peptide hormone that induces secretion of luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone into the blood from the pituitary gland. In males, LH acts on the testes to produce testosterone. The performance enhancing potential of testosterone makes administration of exogenous GnRH a concern in sports doping control. Detection of GnRH abuse is challenging owing to its rapid clearance from the body and degradation in urine. Following recent investigations of GnRH abuse in racing greyhounds in New Zealand, we carried out a GnRH administration study in greyhounds in an attempt to identify GnRH metabolites that might provide more facile detection of GnRH abuse; little information is available on in vivo metabolites of exogenous GnRH in any species and none in dogs...
January 14, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087976/the-role-of-diode-array-ultraviolet-detection-for-the-identification-of-synthetic-cathinones
#14
Walter F Rowe, Ioan Marginean, Stephanie Carnes, Ira S Lurie
The utility of diode array UV detection for aiding in the identification of synthetic cathinones, including different sub classes and positional isomers is presented. For 35 synthetic cathinones' unique UV spectra are obtained for seven sub classes including mostly beta ketones, where position and type of substitution on benzene rings give rise to differences in UV maxima and relative intensity of the spectral bands. This aspect is key to distinguishing positional isomers which contain differences in R substitution (mono and di) around the benzene ring, which provides complementary information to electron ionization mass spectrometry, where the latter technique cannot distinguish between these types of positional isomers...
January 14, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067464/analysis-of-six-neuro-enhancing-phenidate-analogs
#15
Helge Klare, Jörg M Neudörfl, Simon D Brandt, Elisabeth Mischler, Sigrid Meier-Giebing, Kathrin Deluweit, Folker Westphal, Tim Laussmann
Six collected phenidates, i.e. 4-methylmethylphenidate, 3,4-dichloromethylphenidate, ethylphenidate, 3,4-dichloroethylphenidate, ethylnaphthidate and N-benzyl-ethylphenidate were fully characterized by means of X-ray, NMR, GC-MS, ESI-MS(2) , ATR-FT-IR and GC solid-state IR analysis. Crystallography revealed the exclusive presence of the threo-configuration. Steric crowding induced by N-benzyl substitution at the piperidine moiety prompted an adoption of an unexpected axial positioning of substituents on the piperidine moiety in the crystal state as opposed to the exclusive equatorial positioning encountered in N-unsubstituted phenidate analogs...
January 9, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063270/identification-and-analytical-characterization-of-six-synthetic-cannabinoids-nnl-3-5%C3%A2-f-npb-22-7%C3%A2-n-5%C3%A2-f-akb-48-7%C3%A2-n-5%C3%A2-f-edmb-pinaca-emb-fubinaca-and-eg-018
#16
Cuimei Liu, Wei Jia, Zhendong Hua, Zhenhua Qian
Clinical and forensic toxicology laboratories are continuously confronted by analytical challenges when dealing with the new psychoactive substances phenomenon. The number of synthetic cannabinoids, the chemical diversity, and the speed of emergence make this group of compounds particularly challenging in terms of detection, monitoring, and responding. Three indazole 7 N positional isomer synthetic cannabinoids, two ethyl 2-amino-3-methylbutanoate-type synthetic cannabinoids, and one 9H-carbazole substituted synthetic cannabinoid were identified in seized materials...
January 7, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054457/doping-control-analysis-of-lithium-in-horse-urine-and-plasma-by-inductively-coupled-plasma-mass-spectrometry
#17
Timmy L S Choi, Jenny K Y Wong, Emmie N M Ho, Wai Him Kwok, Gary N W Leung, Peter Curl, Terence S M Wan
Lithium salts are commonly prescribed to treat bipolar disorder in humans. They are effective for the treatment of acute mania and the prophylaxis of manic relapses through long-term use. Although there is no reported legitimate therapeutic use of lithium in horses, its potential mood-stabilizing effect, low cost, and ready availability make lithium salt a potential agent of abuse in equine sports, especially for equestrian competition horses. Lithium can be found in soil, plants, and water, as such it is naturally present in the equine body, thus a threshold is necessary to control its misuse in horses...
January 5, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054434/in-vitro-phase-i-metabolism-of-selective-estrogen-receptor-modulators-in-horse-using-ultra-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-high-resolution-mass-spectrometry
#18
Karen Y Kwok, George H M Chan, Wai Him Kwok, Jenny K Y Wong, Terence S M Wan
Selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs) are chemicals that possess the anti-oestrogenic activities that are banned "in" and "out" of competition by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in human sports, and by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) in horseracing. SERMs can be used as performance enhancing drugs to boost the level of androgens or to compensate for the adverse effects as a result of extensive use of androgenic anabolic steroids (AASs). SERMs have indeed been abused in human sports; hence, a similar threat can be envisaged in horseracing...
January 5, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052590/intracerebral-microdialysis-coupled-to-lc-ms-ms-for-the-determination-tramadol-and-its-major-pharmacologically-active-metabolite-o-desmethyltramadol-in-rat-brain-microdialysates
#19
Mingzhou Liu, Peng Wang, Xuming Yu, Guicheng Dong, Jiang Yue
A rapid and sensitive method involving liquid chromatography electrospray tandem mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS/MS) coupled to an intracerebral microdialysis technique was developed for the determination and pharmacokinetic investigation of tramadol and its major active metabolite O-desmethyltramadol (ODT) in rat brain. The microdialysis samples were separated on a C18 column and eluted with a mobile phase of acetonitrile-water-formic acid (50 : 50 : 0.1; v/v/v) at a flow rate of 0.3 mL/min. The ESI-MS/MS spectra were performed in electrospray positive ion mode, and the analytes were detected by multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) of the transitions m/z [M + H](+) 264...
January 4, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042917/profiling-and-identification-of-epicatechin-metabolites-in-rats-using-ultra-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-coupled-with-linear-trap-orbitrap-mass-spectrometer
#20
Zhanpeng Shang, Fei Wang, Shengyun Dai, Jianqiu Lu, Xiaodan Wu, Jiayu Zhang
(-)-Epicatechin (EC), an optical antipode of (+)-catechin (C), possesses many potential significant health benefits. However, the in vivo metabolic pathway of EC has not been clarified yet. In this study, an efficient strategy based on ultra-high performance liquid chromatography coupled with linear ion trap-Orbitrap mass spectrometer was developed to profile and characterize EC metabolites in rat urine, feces, plasma, and various tissues. Meanwhile, post-acquisition data-mining methods including high-resolution extracted ion chromatogram (HREIC), multiple mass defect filters (MMDFs), and diagnostic product ions (DPIs) were utilized to screen and identify EC metabolites from HR-ESI-MS(1) to ESI-MS(n) stage...
January 2, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
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