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A sensitive method for the routine determination of plasma nicotine by flame ionization gas-liquid chromatography


, : A sensitive method for the routine determination of plasma nicotine by flame ionization gas-liquid chromatography. Analytical Biochemistry 143(2): 316-319

A gas chromatographic procedure for the analysis of nicotine in plasma, which uses quinoline as an internal standard, is reported. The nicotine is extracted with diethyl ether, concentrated without any evaporation, thus avoiding losses, and analyzed without derivatization. The recovery is 83.2 +/- 6.1% (n = 6). Although the analysis is carried out with a classical flame ionization detector, the detection limit is 0.1 ng/ml. Linearity is observed up to 100 ng/ml. The results of the precision analysis performed in the working range indicate a good reproducibility: a coefficient of variation of 5.2% is obtained for within-run analysis and 10.5 to 4.5% for nicotine values from 2.9 to 19.1 ng/ml for day analysis. Since a single run (the limitative step) lasts less than 15 min this improved procedure allows a great number of samples to be processed per day.

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