## Electrophoretic, size-exclusion high-performance liquid chromatography and liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization ion trap mass spectrometric detection of hemoglobin-based oxygen carriers

Hemoglobin-based oxygen carriers (HBOCs) are blood substitutes based on hemoglobin of either bovine or human origin and they can potentially be misused in elite sports to improve endurance performance. Recently, three methods have been proposed in doping control analysis to allow HBOCs screening and identification by application of electrophoresis, size-exclusion chromatography coupled with HPLC and LC coupled with tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MSMS). In view of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, modifications were introduced in order to increase the specificity of these methods. The sample preparation protocols of the electrophoretic and SEC-HPLC methods were modified with the introduction of sequential ultra filtration steps to remove all heme containing material below 100kDa, thus leaving only HBOCs material for analysis. Furthermore, a modification of the LC/MSMS methodology was introduced to allow full scan MS-MS spectra of peptide segments arising from the tryptic digestion of bovine HBOCs. These relatively simple methodological modifications have major impact, as far as time and cost effectiveness is concerned in doping control procedures, because they provide a useful tool in order to identify which suspect samples from the initial visual screening are due to hemolysis and exclude them from further analysis.

DOI: 10.1016/j.aca.2006.10.017
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