A comprehensive analytical method was developed for the simultaneous determination of 14 sexual hormones in health care products by ultra performance liquid chromatography-atmospheric pressure chemical ionization-triple quadrupole mass spectrometry (UPLC-APCI-MS/MS). The samples were extracted twice with acetonitrile and the extracts were purified using hydrophilic-lipophilic balance (HLB) cartridges. Chromatographic separation was achieved on a Hypersil Gold C18 column (100 mm×2.1 mm, 1.9 μm) by gradient elution with acetonitrile and 10 mmol/L ammonium acetate aqueous solution as the mobile phases. Compounds were detected by APCI-MS/MS with external standard calibration curve method. All the 14 sexual hormones showed a good linear trend in their respective concentration ranges and the correlation coefficients (r) were no less than 0.996. The limits of detection (LODs) ranged from 0.0990 μg/kg to 2.09 μg/kg. The limits of quantification (LOQs) were in the range of 0.495-5.23 μg/kg. The average recoveries of the 14 sexual hormones in the health care product samples ranged from 65.8% to 118.8% at the three spiked levels. The precisions (n=6) ranged from 0.6% to 8.7% (n=6). The method is simple, sensitive, accurate and precise, and is suitable for the determination of the illegal added sexual hormones in the health care products.
Key Research and Development Plan of Shaanxi Science & Technology Department (No. 2017F-311); Xi'an Municipal Science & Technology Bureau Beilin District Technology Research and Development Project (No. GX1706).
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RAO Yakun,LI Zhuo,ZHANG Diyue et al. Simultaneous determination of 14 sexual hormones in health care products by ultra performance liquid chromatography-atmospheric pressure chemical ionization-triple quadrupole mass spectrometry[J]. Chinese Journal of Chromatography, 2019, 37(6): 626-633.