A reliable and sensitive method was developed for the detection and determination of pentazocine in human solid tissues using liquid chromatography-dynamic fast atom bombardment (FAB) mass spectrometry, combined with a three-step liquid-liquid extraction procedure. Levallorphan tartrate served as an internal standard. The extract was evaporated to dryness and dissolved in the mobile phase, acetonitrile-10 mM ammonium acetate solution (20:80, pH 4.0) containing 0.5% glycerol as FAB matrix. The eluent was pumped at a flow rate of 25 μl/min and split before introduction to FAB mass spectrometer. Quantitative analysis was carried out by means of monitoring quasi-molecular ions with m/z 286 for pentazocine and m/z 284 for levallorphan. The lower limit of detection of pentazocine in each tissue tested was 1 ng/g with scan mode and 0.1 ng/g with SIM mode. Using this method, the concentrations of pentazocine were determined in the tissues of an autopsied individual to perform toxicological evaluation. Copyright (C) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Chromatography B: Biomedical Sciences and Applications|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 6 1999|
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