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    ABSTRACT: A recent development in analytical chemistry has enabled us to monitor systemic organophosphorus insecticide (OP) exposure at individual levels. At present, however, limited data are currently available on urinary OP metabolite levels worldwide. The purpose of this study was to assess urinary dialkylphosphate (DAP) concentrations in Japanese workers. Urine samples were collected in both summer and winter from 339 Japanese adults who worked as food distributors (FDs, n=164), apple farmers (AFs, n=147) and pest control operators (PCOs, n=28). DAPs were measured by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry after derivatization with pentafluorobenzylbromide. Dimethylphosphate (DMP), diethylphosphate (DEP), dimethylthiophosphate (DMTP) and diethylthiophosphate (DETP) were detected in the urine of over 87% of the studied populations in both seasons. The geometric mean values of total DAPs (nmol g(-1) creatinine), DMP, DMTP, DEP and DETP (μg g(-1) creatinine) in summer and winter were 106.7 and 98.3, 7.0 and 3.8, 3.4 and 4.5, 0.8 and 1.5, and 0.3 and 0.2 for the FDs, 440.8 and 197.7, 33.1 and 10.8, 10.1 and 5.8, 4.2 and 4.7 and 1.6 and 0.8 for the AFs, and 473.4 and 284.6, 28.9 and 22.2, 17.6 and 4.6, 3.5 and 4.4, and 0.5 and 0.6 for the PCOs, respectively, thereby revealing significantly higher concentrations in AFs and PCOs groups than in the FDs in both seasons except for winter DMTP. These DAP concentrations were approximately the same or at lower levels compared with those reported in the previous literature. This is one of the first studies to demonstrate urinary DAP concentrations in Japanese adults.
    Chemosphere 03/2012; 87(11):1403-9. · 3.14 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Among urinary organophosphorus pesticide (OP) metabolites, dialkyl phosphates (DAPs) have been most often measured as a sensitive biomarker in non-occupational and occupational OP exposure risk assessment. In our conventional method, we have employed a procedure including simple liquid-liquid extraction (diethyl ether/acetonitrile), derivatization (pentafluorobenzylbromide, PFBBr) and clean-up (multi-layer column) for gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) analysis starting from 5-mL urine samples. In this study, we introduce a revised analytical method for urinary DAPs; its main modification was aimed at improving the pre-derivatization dehydration procedure. The limits of detection were approximately 0.15 microg/L for dimethylphosphate (DMP), 0.07 microg/L for diethylphosphate (DEP), and 0.05 microg/L for both dimethylthiophosphate (DMTP) and diethylthiophosphate (DETP) in 2.5-mL human urine samples. Within-run precision (percent of relative standard deviation, %RSD) at the DAP levels varying in the range of 0.5-50 microg/L was 6.0-19.1% for DMP, 3.6-18.3% for DEP, 8.0-25.6% for DMTP and 9.6-27.8% for DETP. Between-run precision at 5 microg/L was below 15.7% for all DAPs. The revised method proved to be feasible to routine biological monitoring not only for occupational OP exposure but also for environmental background levels in the general population. Compared to our previous method, the revised method underscores the importance of adding pre-derivatization anhydration for higher sensitivity and precision.
    Journal of chromatography. B, Analytical technologies in the biomedical and life sciences 02/2010; 878(17-18):1257-63. · 2.78 Impact Factor