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Investigations into the analysis of intact drug conjugates in animal sport doping control - development and assessment of a rapid and economical approach for screening greyhound urine.

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Summary of "Investigations into the analysis of intact drug conjugates in animal sport doping control - development and assessment of a rapid and economical approach for screening greyhound urine."

Animal sport doping control laboratories are constantly reviewing ways in which they can improve their service offering whilst ensuring to remain economically viable. This paper describes the development and assessment of a rapid and economical method for the detection of intact glucuronide conjugates of three anabolic steroids and their metabolites along with three corticosteroids in canine urine. The analysis of intact drug conjugates for animal sport doping control is generally not performed routinely as it presents a number of analytical challenges, not least of which is the lack of availability of appropriate reference standards. Here, we report the development of a UHPLC-MS/MS method using APCI in the negative ion mode for the detection of intact phase II conjugates, including the importance of in vitro incubations in order to provide appropriate reference materials. Cross-validation of the developed method demonstrated that detection capability of the intact phase II conjugates of stanozolol, boldenone, nandrolone and their metabolites along with the corticosteroids dexamethasone and methylprednisolone was equivalent to that achieved in routine race-day screens. The new process has been in operation for approximately 2 years and has been used to analyse in-excess of 13,500 canine urine samples, resulting in a number of positive screening findings. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported use of a routine screen for intact drug conjugates within animal sport doping control.

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Name: Drug testing and analysis
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