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5-Methoxy-N,N-diisopropyltryptamine (5-MeO-DiPT) is a designer hallucinogen that is a synthetic tryptamine derivative. It is highly abused and is involved in criminal activities because of its psychotropic properties. Herein, we presented an UHPLC-MS/MS method allowing for the qualitative and quantitative determination of 5-MeO-DiPT in human hair. The hair was first decontaminated and then cut into pieces. Thirty milligrams of hair samples was pulverized below 4°C in the presence of 0.5mL deionized water containing 0.1% formic acid. After centrifuging twice, 5μL of supernatant was injected into the LC-MS/MS system. A T column (100mm×2.1mm, 1.8μm) was used, and mobile phases consisted of 20mmol/L ammonium acetate, 5% acetonitrile and 0.1% formic acid in water (solvent A) and acetonitrile (solvent B). The gradient elution was used at a flow rate of 0.3mL/min. The resulting calibration curve for 5-MeO-DiPT was y=281.50213x+0.00231 (R=0.992), the limit of detection (LOD) was 0.05pg/mg, and the lower limit of quantification (LLOQ) was 0.1pg/mg. The accuracy was between 92.1% and 105.6%, and the intra- and interday precision, recovery and matrix effect were acceptable. The validated method was successfully used in 106 real cases, and the concentration of 5-MeO-DiPT in hair samples of these suspected users was 0.2-7532.5pg/mg. These cases present data to document illegal 5-MeO-DiPT use.
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Name: Forensic science international
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