Porous membrane-protected molecularly imprinted polymer micro-solid-phase extraction for analysis of urinary cocaine and its metabolites using liquid chromatography - Tandem mass spectrometry.Anal Chim Acta. 2015 Oct 22; 898:50-9.AC
Porous membrane-protected micro-solid phase extraction (μ-SPE) using a molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) as an adsorbent has been proposed as an integrated extraction-cleanup procedure for isolating cocaine (COC) and its metabolites [benzoylecgonine (BZE), ecgonine methyl ester (EME), and cocaethylene (CE)] from human urine. MIP beads have been synthesized using COC as a template molecule, ethylene dimethacrylate (EDMA) as a functional monomer, divinylbenzene (DVB) as a cross-linker, and 2,2'-azobisisobutyronitrile (AIBN) as an initiator. High performance liquid chromatography - tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS/MS) has been used for quantifying the analytes after MIP-μ-SPE. Variables such as urine pH, adsorption temperature and time, mechanical (orbital-horizontal) stirring; and composition of the eluting solution and eluting time, were evaluated. The proposed method was shown to be precise and accurate [relative standard deviations (RSDs) of intra- and inter-day tests ranging from 3 to 8% and from 2 to 10%, respectively]; and analytical recoveries in the range of 89-100%). In addition, excellent accuracy was also verified after analyzing a FDT +25% control material for BZE. The detection limits were in the range of 0.16-1.7 ng L(-1), low enough for confirmative conclusions regarding cocaine abuse. The method was finally applied for screening/quantifying cocaine and metabolites in urine samples from poly-drug abusers.