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Determination of tellurium in urine by isotope dilution gas chromatography/ mass spectrometry using (4-fluorophenyl)magnesium bromide as a derivatizing agent and a comparison with electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry.

The antitumor drug AS-101 [ammoniumtrichloro (dioxoethylene-O,O')tellurate(IV)] is the first tellurium-containing compound that has been identified as possessing immunomodulating properties and minimal toxicity. We have developed a stable isotope dilution gas chromatography/ mass spectrometry method using 120Te as an internal standard and (4-fluorophenyl)magnesium bromide as a derivatizing agent for Te determination in urine. The urine samples were digested using HNO3 + H2O2 prior to derivatization with lithium bis(trifluoroethyl)dithiocarbamate at a pH of 3. The trifluorodiethyldithiocarbamate of tellurium was reacted with the Grignard reagent in anhydrous diethyl ether to obtain Te-(FC6H4)2 for GC/MS analysis. All isotope ratio measurements were made by selected ion monitoring with a Finnigan MAT 8230 organic mass spectrometer using a 10-m fused silica capillary column. Overall percision values for the five major Te isotopes relative to 130Te were 0.6-3.1% when 10-ng samples of chelated Te were analyzed. No appreciable memory or carry-over effect was observed when two synthetic mixtures differing in 120Te:130Te ratios by a factor of 50 were sequentially analyzed. The isotope dilution GC/MS method was validated by determining Te in urine samples and comparing the values with electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry. Te concentrations were determined in the 100-500 micrograms/L range with CVs of 1-4%.[1]


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