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Journal of chromatography. A

Determination of the Alternaria mycotoxin tenuazonic acid in cereals by high-performance liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization ion-trap multistage mass spectrometry after derivatization with 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine.


PMID 19361805

Abstract

Tenuazonic acid (TA) is a major Alternaria mycotoxin. In the present work a novel approach for the detection of TA in cereals by liquid chromatography-ion-trap multistage mass spectrometry after derivatization with 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine is described. The product of the derivatization reaction and its major MS(2) fragments were characterised by Fourier transform-ion cyclotron resonance tandem mass spectrometry. Without preconcentration, the established method features a limit of detection of 10 microg/kg using 2g of sample in a rapid workup procedure. Accuracy, precision and linearity were evaluated in the working range of 50-5000 microg/kg. TA was detected in 13 and quantified in 3 out of 27 cereal samples obtained from a local supermarket, the average content being 49 microg/kg (highest incidence: 851+/-41 microg/kg).

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