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Talanta. 2013 Sep 15;113:36-40. doi: 10.1016/j.talanta.2013.03.056. Epub 2013 Mar 30.

An electrochemical biosensor for clenbuterol detection and pharmacokinetics investigation.

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Department of Oncology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing 210029, PR China.


Clenbuterol is a member of β2 adrenergic agonists, which is widely used not only as a food additive for livestocks, but also a kind of stimulant for athletes; however, the abuse of clenbuterol may pose a significant negative impact on human health. Since it is highly required to develop fast, sensitive and cost-effective method to determine clenbuterol level in the suspected urine or blood, we herein have fabricated an electrochemical biosensor for the determination of clenbuterol. Measurement of the species with the proposed biosensor can also have the advantages of simplicity, high sensitivity and selectivity. Moreover, the sensor can be directly used for clenbuterol determination in rat urine. We have further studied the pharmacokinetics of clenbuterol by using this proposed electrochemical biosensor, so a new tool to investigate pharmacokinetic is developed in this work.

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