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Steroid Profiling in Nails Using Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry.

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Summary of "Steroid Profiling in Nails Using Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry."

The retrospective analysis of endogenous steroid hormones in nails can be used to elucidate endocrine diseases and thus help with their diagnosis and treatment. A liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) based method was developed for the simultaneous identification and quantification of 12 steroid hormones (aldosterone, cortisone, cortisol, corticosterone, 11-deoxycortisol, androstenedione, 11-deoxycorticosterone, testosterone, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), 17α-hydroxyprogesterone (17-OHP), dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and progesterone) in human fingernails. Steroid hormones were extracted from 0.5 mg - 10 mg pulverized nail clippings by methanolic extraction, followed by a liquid-liquid extraction. The analysis was conducted with LC-MS/MS in electrospray ionization positive mode. The method was validated in terms of linearity, limit of detection (LOD), limit of quantification (LOQ), precision, accuracy, matrix effect, recovery and robustness. It was successfully applied for steroid profiling in nails of mothers and their infants where cortisol, cortisone, testosterone, progesterone, androstenedione and 11-deoxycorticosterone could be detected. Furthermore, it could be shown that there is no significant difference in concentrations between left and right hand for cortisol, cortisone and progesterone. A positive linear correlation between cortisol and cortisone in nails was found. In conclusion, it could be shown that nails are a suitable matrix for the retrospective monitoring of cumulative steroid hormone levels.

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Name: Steroids
ISSN: 1878-5867
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