Hair as a specimen to document tetramethylene disulfotetramine exposure.
ABSTRACT Tetramethylene disulfotetramine (tetramine) is a rodenticide that has been banned for many years in China. Since 2005, inhabitants of a village in the Henan Province have been suffering from grand mal seizures. To investigate the possibility of tetramine as the cause, we developed a method to determine tetramine in human hair. Sample preparation involved external decontamination, frozen pulverization, and ultrasonication in 2 mL ethyl acetate in the presence of cocaine-d3 as an internal standard. The method exhibited good linearity; calibration curve was linear over a range of 0.1-20 ng/mg hair. The limit of detection for the assay was 0.05 ng/mg hair. Except for one subject (No. 4), all head and pubic hair samples were positive for tetramine. The concentrations of tetramine in pubic hair were significantly higher than those in the same subjects' head hair samples. Because of a long retention in body, segmental head hair analysis cannot provide an accurate exposure history of tetramine in the body.
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ABSTRACT: A coupled column system was developed for the simultaneous determination of both rodenticides fluoroacetamide and tetramine in this paper by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS). A short length of strong polar column (1.5 m of Innowax) was coupled to the top of a 30 m of DB-5 ms with a quartz capillary column connector. Peak width at half height (W(h)) was used to evaluate the band broadening of the coupled column system. The length of the short couple column and oven temperature program were discussed according to W(h). The precisions of the coupled column were analyzed with peak area and retention time. Good linear correlations were found for both rodenticides. Typical samples were discussed for each rodenticide and some poisoning cases were presented.Journal of Chromatography B 01/2009; 876(1):103-8. · 2.49 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: This study investigates the distribution of some drugs in hair samples taken from different parts of the body (head, pubis and axillae). Samples drawn from 15 subjects who died from drug overdose were analysed. The concentrations of the drugs detected in the biological fluids did not appear to be correlated with those present in hair. The highest drug levels were observed in pubic hair. The concentration differences observed in the various types of hair can hypothetically be ascribed to a likely incorporation of the drugs from the outside.Forensic Science International 01/1994; 63(1-3):105-8. · 2.31 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The concentrations of morphine and codeine were investigated in hair from the head, axillary and pubic regions obtained from 20 fatal heroin cases. Hair preparation involves decontamination procedure in dichloromethane at 37 degrees C for 15 min, solubilization in sodium hydroxide at 100 degrees C for 5 min, neutralization with hydrochloric acid and centrifugation. After extraction in chloroform/isopropanol/n-heptane (50:17:33; v/v) at pH 9.2, drugs were derivatized with BSTFA + 1% TMCS and separated on a 12-m BP-5 capillary column. Quantification was done by GC/MS using selected ion monitoring. The highest morphine concentrations were found in public hair (0.80-41.34 ng/mg), followed by hair of the head (0.62-27.10 ng/mg), and axillary hair (0.40-24.20 ng/mg). Codeine was also detected in all samples, and the codeine/morphine ratios ranged from 0.54 to 0.273. The differences observed in drug concentration in the three kinds of hair are discussed in the light of the existing literature.Forensic Science International 01/1994; 63(1-3):77-83. · 2.31 Impact Factor