Quantcast

Liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method for the simultaneous quantitative determination of the organophosphorus pesticides dimethoate, fenthion, diazinon and chlorpyrifos in human blood.

Research paper by Paul P Salm, Paul J PJ Taylor, Darren D Roberts, Janaka J de Silva

Indexed on: 27 Jan '09Published on: 27 Jan '09Published in: Journal of Chromatography B



Abstract

Simultaneous determination of the organophosphorus pesticides dimethoate, fenthion, diazinon and chlorpyrifos in human blood by HPLC-tandem mass spectrometry was developed and validated. The pesticides were extracted by a simple one-step protein precipitation procedure. Chromatography was performed on a Luna C(18) (30mmx2.0mm, 3microm) column, using a step-gradient at a flow rate of 0.4ml/min. The assay was linear from 0.5 to 100ng/ml (r(2)>0.992, n=24) for all pesticides. The inter- and intra-day accuracy and precision for the method was 96.6-106.1% and <10%, respectively. The lower limit of quantification was 0.5ng/ml. In conclusion, the method described displays analytical performance characteristics that are suitable for the quantification of these pesticides in cases of acute poisoning.