Analysis of fluorescein isothiocyanate derivatized amphetamine and analogs in human urine by capillary electrophoresis in chip-based and fused-silica capillary instrumentation.

PMID 9870397


Amines can easily be derivatized with fluorescein isothiocyanate isomer I (FITC) and analyzed by capillary electrophoresis (CE) using alkaline buffers with or without dodecyl sulfate micelles. This paper reports the CE analysis of FITC-derivatized amphetamine, methamphetamine, 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine and beta-phenylethylamine in human urine using chip-based and fused-silica capillary instrumentation with laser-induced fluorescence detection. Data obtained via direct labeling of fortified urine are compared to those generated after FITC labeling of urinary extracts that were prepared by solid-phase extraction using a copolymer phase. For a urine volume of 5 mL with a "spiked amine": FITC ratio of 1:250, the latter approach was found to provide a sensitivity that is relevant for toxicological drug screening and confirmation (about 200 ng/mL urine). With direct labeling of 10 microL urine that was alkalinized and diluted for derivatization, the limit of identification was determined to be about 10 microg/mL, a value that is too high for practical purposes. Compared to fused-silica capillaries, electrophoresis in microstructures is shown to provide faster separations and higher efficiencies without loss of accuracy and precision.