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Extraction and Cleanup Methods for Analysis of Phenolic and Neutral Organohalogens in Plasma

L. Hovander, M. Athanasiadou, L. Asplund, S. Jensen and E. Klasson Wehler

in Journal of Analytical Toxicology

Volume 24, issue 8, pages 696-703
Published in print November 2000 | ISSN: 0146-4760
Published online November 2000 | e-ISSN: 1945-2403 | DOI:
Extraction and Cleanup Methods for Analysis of Phenolic and Neutral Organohalogens in Plasma

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A method for the analysis of potential endocrine-disrupting compounds, such as phenolic halogenated compounds (e.g., chlorinated and brominated phenols) and hydroxylated PCBs, in blood plasma is presented. Neutral halogenated compounds, specifically brominated diphenyl ethers and PCBs, are also included in the evaluation. An efficient denaturation and extraction step is described, and three methods for lipid removal are evaluated. The latter includes a nondestructive method based on high-resolution gel permeation chromatography (HR-GPC), a newly developed silica gel/sulfuric acid column, and lipid removal by sulfuric acid treatment. Recoveries, based on gas chromatography with an electron capture detector (GC-ECD), were between 70 and 90% for most of the studied compounds. The recoveries of phenolic compounds were generally slightly lower than those of the neutral compounds. The sulfuric acid treatment and silica gel/sulfuric acid column gave the highest yields for acid stable compounds, although a few target compounds were lost during that treatment and all compounds were recovered with the HR-GPC method.

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