alexa Extraction of testosterone and epitestosterone in human urine using aqueous two-phase systems of ionic liquid and salt.
Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Journal of Analytical & Bioanalytical Techniques

Author(s): He C, Li S, Liu H, Li K, Liu F

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Abstract Based on aqueous two-phase systems (ATPS) consisting of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride, a hydrophilic ionic liquid (IL), and K2HPO4, a new and simple extraction technique, coupled with a reversed-phase high performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC), was developed for the simultaneous concentration and analysis of testosterone (T) and epitestosterone (ET) in human urine. Under the optimal conditions, the extraction efficiencies for both analytes were 80-90\% in a one-step extraction. The method required only 3.0 mL of urine and a single hydrolysis/deproteinization/extraction step followed by direct injection of the IL-rich upper phase into HPLC system for analysis. The method has been satisfactorily applied to the analysis of T and ET in human urine with detection limits of 1 ng/mL and linear ranges of 10-500 ng/mL for both compounds. Compared with conventional liquid-liquid extraction or solid phase extraction, this new method is much "greener" due to no use of volatile organic solvent and low consumption of IL. The proposed extraction technique opens up new possibilities in the separation of other drugs.
This article was published in J Chromatogr A and referenced in Journal of Analytical & Bioanalytical Techniques

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