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J Chromatogr A. 2016 Jul 22;1456:205-16. doi: 10.1016/j.chroma.2016.06.018. Epub 2016 Jun 7.

Liquid chromatography with high resolution mass spectrometry for identification of organic contaminants in fish fillet: screening and quantification assessment using two scan modes for data acquisition.

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1
Laboratory of Pesticide Residue Analysis (LARP), Chemistry Department, Federal University of Santa Maria, 97105-900, Santa Maria-RS, Brazil.
2
Laboratory of Pesticide Residue Analysis (LARP), Chemistry Department, Federal University of Santa Maria, 97105-900, Santa Maria-RS, Brazil. Electronic address: renato.zanella@ufsm.br.

Abstract

This study proposed a strategy to identify and quantify 182 organic contaminants from different chemical classes, as for instance pesticides, veterinary drug and personal care products, in fish fillet using liquid chromatography coupled to quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (LC-QToF/MS). For this purpose, two different scan methods (full scan and all ions MS/MS) were evaluated to assess the best option for screening analysis in spiked fish fillet samples. In general, full scan acquisition was found to be more reliable (84%) in the automatic identification and quantification when compared to all ions MS/MS with 72% of the compounds detected. Additionally, a qualitative automatic search showed a mass accuracy error below 5ppm for 77% of the compounds in full scan mode compared to only 52% in all ions MS/MS scan. However, all ions MS/MS provides fragmentation information of the target compounds. Undoubtedly, structural information of a wide number of compounds can be obtained using high resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS), but it is necessary thoroughly assess it, in order to choose the best scan mode.

KEYWORDS:

Emerging contaminants; Fish; HRMS; Pesticides; Screening detection limit

PMID:
27324622
DOI:
10.1016/j.chroma.2016.06.018
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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