Determination of phenol, m-, o- and p-cresol, p-aminophenol and p-nitrophenol in urine by high-performance liquid chromatography.

Laboratorio Biomed, (Concesio) BS, Italy.
Journal of Chromatography A (Impact Factor: 4.61). 01/1991; 535(1-2):311-6. DOI: 10.1016/S0021-9673(01)88957-3
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ABSTRACT A method for the biological monitoring of human exposure to aromatic hydrocarbons, nitrocompounds, amines and phenols has been developed. Phenol, cresols, p-aminophenol, p-nitrophenol and their glucorono- or sulpho-conjugates, were quantified by HPLC; 4-chlorphenol was added as internal standard. After enzymatic hydrolysis, the free compounds were extracted with an organic solvent and analyzed by an isocratic HPLC Perkin Elmer system at ambient temperature and at a flow-rate of 1 ml/min. The column was a reversed-phase Pecosphere 3 x 3 C18 Perkin Elmer; the mobile phase was a 30:70:0.1 (v/v/v) methanol-water-orthophosphoric acid mixture and the chromatogram was monitored at 215 nm. Identification was based on retention time and quantification was performed by automatic peak height determination, corrected for the internal standard. The recovery was ca. 95% for phenol and cresols; 90% for p-nitrophenol; 85% for p-aminophenol; the coefficients of variance were less than 6% within analysis (n = 20) and less than 10% between analysis (n = 20). The detection limits, at a signal/noise ratio of 2, were 0.5 mg/l for phenol and cresols and 1 mg/l for p-aminophenol and p-nitrophenol.