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J Steroid Biochem. 1983 Apr;18(4):481-7.

Detection and quantitation of 3 alpha-hydroxy-1-methylen-5 alpha-androstan-17-one, the major urinary metabolite of methenolone acetate (Primobolan) by isotope dilution--mass spectrometry.

Abstract

A highly accurate method has been developed for detection and quantitation of 3 alpha-hydroxy-1-methylen-5 alpha-androstan-17-one, the major urinary metabolite of methenolone acetate (Primobolan) in man. Unlabelled as well as 2H-labelled 3 alpha-hydroxy-1-methylen-5 alpha-androstan-17-one were synthesized from 1-methylen-5 alpha-androstane-3,17-dione. A fixed amount of the internal standard was added to a fixed amount of urine and the mixture was treated with Helix pomatia for 24 h. After extraction and purification by t.l.c., the mixture was converted into methoxime--trimethylsilyl derivative and analyzed by combined GC--MS. Unlabelled 3 alpha-hydroxy-1-methylen-5 alpha-androstan-17-one could be quantitated from the ratio between the tracings of the ions at m/z 372 and m/z 375 (corresponding to the M-31 ions). In alternative procedures, the ions at m/z 403 and m/z 406 (molecular ions) as well as m/z 282 and m/z 285 (M-90-31 ions) could be used. Under the conditions employed, the metabolite could be identified and quantitated in concentrations exceeding 10 ng/ml. Significant amounts of the metabolite could be detected in urine during 5 days after a single oral ingestion of 10 mg of Primobolan. The method has been successfully used for analyses of urine samples obtained from athletes involved in competition.

PMID:
6339822
DOI:
10.1016/0022-4731(83)90069-9
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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