Title: Analysis of 10B Antitumoral Compounds by Means of Flow-Injection into ESI-MS/MS
Citation: Journal of Mass Spectrometry vol. 40 p. 1546-1549
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Publication Year: 2005
JRC N°: JRC32259
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC32259
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) is a promising binary treatment for cancer. BNCT is based on the ability of the nonradioactive isotope 10B to capture, with a very high probability, thermal neutrons. This nuclear reaction results in two particles (an alpha and a lithium nucleus). The particles have a high biological effectiveness, which is limited in tissue to approximately the diameter of one cell. If the reaction can be limited to a tumor cell, the physical characteristic opens up the possibility to selectively destroy cancer cells, while sparing the surrounding healthy tissue. Quality control of 10B-containing compounds and their distribution at present are very important, and different analytical methods have been developed, such as time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS), electron energy loss spectrometry (EELS), prompt gamma analysis and inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometry (ICPOES). These methods allow the analyses of 10B, but it is not possible to characterize the specific molecular compounds containing 10B. For this reason, we propose a fast and quantitative method that permits the determination of closo-undecahydro-1-mercaptododecaborate (BSH) and 10boron-phenylalanine (BPA) and their eventual metabolites. In particular, 10B-containing compounds are detected by means of flow injection electrospray tandem mass spectrometry (FI/ESI-MS/MS). This approach allows the identification of Boron compounds, BSH and BPA, using tandem mass spectrometry, and quantitative analysis is also possible (c.v. ±4.7%; n = 5; linear range 10–10 000 ng/ml). Furthermore, 10B-containing compounds were detected in actual biological sample (urine and plasma, diluted 10 000- and 1000-fold, respectively) injecting a small volume (1 µl) of diluted samples.
JRC Directorate:Energy, Transport and Climate

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