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, 19 (9), 689-95

Detection of androst-4-ene-3,6,17-trione (6-OXO) and Its Metabolites in Urine by Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry in Relation to Doping Analysis

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Detection of androst-4-ene-3,6,17-trione (6-OXO) and Its Metabolites in Urine by Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry in Relation to Doping Analysis

W Van Thuyne et al. Biomed Chromatogr.

Abstract

The metabolism and excretion of androst-4-ene-3,6,17-trione after administration of the 'nutritional' supplement 6-OXO was investigated by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) in full-scan mode. The parent drug androst-4-ene-3,6,17-trione and androst-4-ene-6alpha,17beta-diol-3-one and androst-4-ene-6alpha-ol-3,17-dione were detected in the post-administration urine samples. Because androst-4-ene-3,6,17-trione is an anabolic steroid and an aromatase inhibitor, this substance is regarded as a doping agent. Hence, a selective and sensitive GC-MS method in selected ion monitoring mode for the detection of the TMS-enol-TMS-ether derivatives of these substances was developed and validated for doping control purposes. The limit of detection (LOD) of the investigated compounds ranged from 5 to 10 ng/mL. Using this method, the detection time for androst-4-ene-3,6,17-trione and androst-4-ene-6alpha,17beta-diol-3-one was 24 h, while androst-4-ene-6alpha-ol-3,17-dione could be detected up to 37 h after administration of the dose recommended by the manufacturer.

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