Detection of gamma-hydroxybutyrate in hair: validation of GC-MS and LC-MS/MS methods and application to a real case.
A gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and a liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method were validated for quantifying endogenous and exogenous hair concentrations of gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB). The GC-MS method is based on overnight extraction of 25 mg hair in NaOH at 56 °C, liquid/liquid extraction in ethylacetate and trimethylsylil derivatization; analysis is by electron ionization and single ion monitoring of three ions. The LC-MS/MS method entails a rapid digestion of 25 mg hair with NaOH at 75 °C for 40 min, liquid/liquid extraction in ethylacetate and reconstitution of the extract in the LC mobile phase; negative ion electrospray ionization and multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) analysis are employed for the LC-MS/MS detection. In both cases, GHB-d6 is used as an internal standard. The endogenous amount in "blank" hair are estimated by the standard addition method. Limits of detection are 0.4 and 0.5 ng/mg for GC-MS and LC-MS/MS respectively, while the limit of quantification (LOQ) is 0.6 ng/mg for both methods; the GC-MS method proved to be linear in the range 1-50 ng/mg whereas linearity was demonstrated from 0.6 to 50 ng/mg for the LC-MS/MS; imprecision and inaccuracy were always lower than 23% for quality controls samples. The two methods were applied to a real case of a man addicted to GHB; the drug concentration in segments from 17 cm hair strand well correlated with self-reported use of GHB in different periods of his life. Performances of the two methods were similar.
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Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry
Limit of Detection
Reproducibility of Results
Spectrometry, Mass, Electrospray Ionization
Substance Abuse Detection
Tandem Mass Spectrometry
Pub Type(s)Case Reports