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Quantitative analysis of mycotoxins in cereal foods by collision cell fragmentation-high-resolution mass spectrometry: performance and comparison with triple-stage quadrupole detection

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Lattanzio VM, Gatta SD, Godula M, Visconti A.
Food Addit Contam Part A Chem Anal Control Expo Risk Assess. 2011 Oct;28(10):1424-37.
A liquid chromatography-high-resolution mass spectrometry (LC-HRMS) method for the simultaneous determination of aflatoxins (B(1), B(2), G(1), G(2)), ochratoxin A, deoxynivalenol, zearalenone, T-2 and HT-2 toxins in wheat flour, barley flour and crisp bread was developed. Mycotoxin fragmentation patterns obtained by high-energy collision dissociation (HCD) were investigated to obtain quantitative and confirmatory information (two characteristic masses per mycotoxin) using Orbitrap™-based high-resolution mass spectrometry. LC-HRMS (full-scan) detection carried out by HCD allows the monitoring of the pseudo-molecular ion and an additional characteristic fragment (for each mycotoxin) with mass accuracy in the range 0.1-3.9 ppm, meeting current European regulatory requirements for LC-MS confirmatory analysis. A sample preparation procedure based on polymeric solid-phase extraction cartridges was applied, allowing recoveries higher than 74% for nine mycotoxins, with a relative standard deviation lower than 13%. Detection limits in the range 0.5-3.4 µg kg(-1) were obtained for three cereal matrices. A critical comparison between the proposed method and a validated method based on triple quadrupole mass spectrometry showed similar performance in terms of detection limits, recoveries and repeatability, and matrix effects. Based on an efficient sample extraction and clean-up, the LC-HCD-HRMS method reported here represents a reliable and robust alternative tool for mycotoxin analysis in food matrices as compared with well-established triple quadrupole-based approaches.
National Research Council of Italy, Institute of Sciences of Food Production, Bari, Italy.
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