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Volume 61, Issue 4 (Dec 2010)


Determination of Benzodiazepines in Urine Via Benzophenone Derivatives Using Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry

Robert Roškar
  • Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
/ Marija Dolenc
  • Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Published Online: 2010-12-23 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/10004-1254-61-2010-2058

Determination of Benzodiazepines in Urine Via Benzophenone Derivatives Using Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry

The aim of this study was to validate a new method for determining benzodiazepines in urine via their benzophenone derivatives, based on liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). Selected benzodiazepines were analysed after acid hydrolysis of urine and extraction by ethyl acetate in the presence of an internal standard. Samples were analysed using electrospray ionization LC-MS/MS in a multiple reaction monitoring mode. The chromatographic run time on a reversed phase C18 analytical column was set for 9 min. This method was validated in 21 patients receiving methadone. Benzodiazepines intake was established in two out of three patients. LC-MS/MS results were also compared with the rapid immunoassay and the methods showed good agreement. However, in three cases benzodiazepines were detected by LC-MS/MS, but not by the immunoassay. The sensitivity of the developed LC-MS/MS method is comparable to or even higher than of previously reported methods, which makes it suitable as a confirmatory method.

Določanje benzodiazepinov v urinu preko benzofenonskih derivatov z uporabo tekočinske kromatografije sklopljene s tandemsko masno spektrometrijo

Razvili smo selektivno in občutljivo metodo za določanje nekaterih benzodiazepinov v urinu preko določanja njihovih benzofenonov. Metoda temelji na tekočinski kromatografiji, sklopljeni s tandemsko masno spektrometrijo (LC-MS/MS). Izbrane benzodiazepine smo analizirali po kisli hidrolizi urinskih vzorcev in ekstrakciji z etilacetatom v prisotnosti internega standarda. Vzorce smo analizirali z elektrorazprševalno ionizacijo z MRM načinom detekcije. Čas kromatografske ločbe na reverznofazni (C18) analitski koloni je bil 9 min.

Metoda je bila validirana in preizkušena na 21 pacientih, ki so prejemali metadonsko terapijo. Pri dveh tretjinah primerov je bil vnos benzodiazepinov tudi potrjen. Vzorce smo testirali tudi s hitro imunokemijsko metodo in rezultate primerjali z rezultati pridobljenimi z LC-MS/MS metodo. Ugotovili smo dobro ujemanje med rezultati pridobljenimi z obema metodama. Kljub temu smo v treh primerih določili prisotnost benzodiazepinov z LC-MS/MS metodo, ki je z imunokemijsko metodo nismo. Občutljivost razvite metode je primerljiva ali celo boljša od predhodno opisanih metod, zato jo lahko uporabimo kot potrditveno metodo.

Keywords: benzodiazepine metabolites; diazepam; drug abuse; lorazepam; methadone treatment

Keywords: diazepam; lorazepam; presnovki benzodiazepinov; metadonska terapija; zloraba zdravil

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Published Online: 2010-12-23

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Citation Information: Archives of Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology, ISSN (Print) 0004-1254, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/10004-1254-61-2010-2058. Export Citation

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