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Quantitation of Cocaine, Benzoylecgonine, Cocaethylene, Methylecgonine, and Norcocaine in Human Hair by Positive Ion Chemical Ionization (PICI) Gas Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry

James A. Bourland, Eugene F. Hayes, Raymond C. Kelly, Stacy A. Sweeney and Mustapha M. Hatab

in Journal of Analytical Toxicology

Volume 24, issue 7, pages 489-495
Published in print October 2000 | ISSN: 0146-4760
Published online October 2000 | e-ISSN: 1945-2403 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jat/24.7.489
Quantitation of Cocaine, Benzoylecgonine, Cocaethylene, Methylecgonine, and Norcocaine in Human Hair by Positive Ion Chemical Ionization (PICI) Gas Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry

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A total of 30 human head-hair samples were analyzed for cocaine (COC), cocaethylene (CE), benzoylecgonine (BE), methylecgonine (EME), and norcocaine (NCOC) using a sensitive positive ion chemical ionization gas chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (GC-MS-MS) method. All 30 hair samples had been previously submitted to the laboratory and had confirmed positive for cocaine. Hair samples (20 mg each) were cut into small segments (2–5 mm) and incubated overnight at 45° in 0.1 N HCl after the addition of 50 µL of an internal standard mix of COC-d3 (1.0 ng/mg), BE-d3 (0.5 ng/mg), EME-d3 (0.25 ng/mg), and NCOC-d3 (0.25 ng/mg). The samples were then extracted with Clean Screen® extraction columns from United Chemical Technologies, Inc. The final extract was evaporated to dryness and derivatized with 50 µL of 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoro-2-propanol and 50 µL of trifluoroacetic anhydride at 90°C for 15 min. The derivatized samples were allowed to cool to room temperature, evaporated to dryness, and then reconstituted in 50 µL of ethyl acetate. Parent set masses (unbolded ions) and product ions were m/z 304 and m/z 182 and 82 (COC), m/z 307 and m/z 185 and 85 (COC-d3), m/z 318 and m/z 196 and 82 (CE), m/z 440 and m/z 318 and 105 (BE), m/z 443 and m/z 321 and 105 (BE-d3), m/z 296 and m/z 182, and 82 (EME), m/z 299 and m/z 185 and 85 (EME-d3), m/z 403 and m/z 386 and 105 (NCOC), m/z 406 and m/z 389 and 105 (NCOC-d3). Quantitation was accomplished by calculating the area ratio of the higher mass product ion (underlined ions) of analyte to the respective internal standard based on multilevel calibrations from 0.01 to 10.0 ng/mg. The GC-MS-MS method had a limit of detection of 0.01 ng/mg and a limit of quantitation of 0.05 ng/mg for all five analytes. COC, BE, and EME were detected in all 30 samples, and CE and NCOC were found in 19 and 29 samples, respectively. The average relative percentages of each metabolite normalized to the cocaine concentrations were 12.8%, 15.4%, 1.8%, and 2.5% for BE, CE, EME, and NCOC, respectively.

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