Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
Fast atom bombardment (FAB) is useful for the characterization of all major metabolites of the analgesic acetaminophen (APAP). It is particularly useful for providing mass spectra of the polar glucuronide and sulfate conjugates which eluded identification by field desorption and other more conventional methods of ionization. A protocol is described for the use of FAB in the identification of urinary APAP metabolites isolated by reversed phase high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) following therapeutic dosages of the drug. A tentative set of recommendations for the off-line use of HPLC and FAB is directed towards solving problems encountered when using these two analytical techniques in concert. In addition, a method for calculating the signal to background ratio (S/B) for analyte peaks in FAB spectra from selected relative ion intensities is proposed. Examples are presented that show the potential of S/B as an empirical parameter for judging the quality of FAB spectra.
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