Pharmaceutical Sciences Faculty Publications

Title

Analysis of Fifteen Estrogen Metabolites Using Packed Column Supercritical Fluid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-2006

Journal Title

Analytical Chemistry

ISSN

0003-2700

Volume

78

Issue

5

First Page

1553

Last Page

1558

DOI

10.1021/ac051425c

PubMed ID

16503607

Abstract

Packed column supercritical fluid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry was used for the separation of estrone, estradiol, estriol, 16-epiestriol, 17-epiestriol, 16-ketoestradiol, 16alpha-hydroxyestrone, 2-methoxyestrone, 4-methoxyestrone, 2-hydroxyestrone-3-methyl ether, 2-methoxyestradiol, 4-methoxyestradiol, 2-hydroxyestrone, 4-hydroxyestrone, and 2-hydroxyestradiol. A gradient of methanol in carbon dioxide (0-30% methanol in 15 min, 2% change/min) at a flow rate of 2 mL/min and cyanopropyl silica column connected in series with a diol column, both 2.1 mm i.d. x 150 mm long, packed with 5-mum spherical silica-based particles, resulted in the separation and quantification of all 15 estrogens in less than 10 min. The limit of detection (LOD) and limit of quantitation (LOQ) of this pSFC MS/MS method was determined to be 0.5 (S/N = 3), and 5 pg, respectively. Compared with RP-HPLC MS analysis of the same mixture in terms of speed of analysis and sensitivity, pSFC MS is much faster, 10 versus 70 min, with comparable LOD and LOQ.

Keywords

Carbon dioxide, chromatography, supercritical fluid, estrogens, metabolism, methanol, sensitivity, specificity, tandem mass spectrometry

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