Analytical and bioanalytical chemistry

Determination of ketosteroid hormones in meat by liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry and derivatization chemistry.

PMID 26014285


A method for the determination and quantification of ketosteroid hormones in meat by mass spectrometry, based on the derivatization of the carbonyl moiety of steroids by O-methylhydroxylamine, is presented. The quantitative assay is performed by means of multiple-reaction-monitoring (MRM) scan mode and using the corresponding labelled species, obtained by reaction with d 3-methoxylamine, as internal standard. The accuracy of the method was established by evaluating artificially spiked samples, obtaining values in the range 90-110%. Recovery tests were performed on blank matrix samples spiked with non-natural steroids including trenbolone and melengestrol acetate. The latter experiment revealed that the yield of the extraction processes was approximately 60%. Good values of LOQ and LOD were achieved, making this method competitive with current hormone assay methods.