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LC-MS determination of oxydemeton-methyl and its main metabolite demeton-S-methylsulfon in biological specimens--application to a forensic case.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of analytical toxicology
Publication Date
Volume
26
Issue
5
Pages
308–312
Identifiers
PMID: 12166819
Source
Medline
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Abstract

A sensitive method for the identification and quantitation of the organophosphate insecticide oxydemeton-methyl and its metabolite demeton-S-methylsulfon from human blood and various tissue samples has been established. After solid-phase extraction using C18 cartridges the extracts were analyzed by high-performance liquid chromatography with mass selective detection (Finnigan MAT LCQ). The method was completely validated. The limit of detection is 1 ng/g blood for the parent substance oxydemeton-methyl and 2 ng/g blood for the metabolite demeton-S-methylsulfon. This method was applied for the analysis of blood and tissue samples of a 58-year-old man who died after the intake of Metasystox R-Spezial, a product from Bayer containing oxydemeton-methyl. Because of a prolonged interval between the ingestion and death, the concentrations of oxydemeton-methyl and demeton-S-methylsulfon were very low. Although the body was already putrefied when the autopsy was performed, the chromatograms of blood and tissue samples were free of interfering peaks.

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