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See detailA new criterion to assess distributional homogeneity in hyperspectral images of solid pharmaceutical dosage forms
Sacre, Pierre-Yves ULg; Lebrun, Pierre ULg; Chavez, Pierre-François ULg et al

in Analytica Chimica Acta (2014), 818

During galenic formulation development, homogeneity of distribution is a critical parameter to check since it may influence activity and safety of the drug. Raman hyperspectral imaging is a technique of ... [more ▼]

During galenic formulation development, homogeneity of distribution is a critical parameter to check since it may influence activity and safety of the drug. Raman hyperspectral imaging is a technique of choice for assessing the distributional homogeneity of compounds of interest. Indeed, the combination of both spectroscopic and spatial information provides a detailed knowledge of chemical composition and component distribution. Actually, most authors assess homogeneity using parameters of the histogram of intensities (e.g. mean, skewness and kurtosis). However, this approach does not take into account spatial information and loses the main advantage of imaging. To overcome this limitation, we propose a new criterion: Distributional Homogeneity Index (DHI). DHI has been tested on simulated maps and formulation development samples. The distribution maps of the samples were obtained without validated calibration model since different formulations were under investigation. The results obtained showed a linear relationship between content uniformity values and DHI values of distribution maps. Therefore, DHI methodology appears to be a suitable tool for the analysis of homogeneity of distribution maps even without calibration during formulation development. [less ▲]

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See detailMethodology for the Validation of Analytical Methods involved in Uniformity of Dosage Units tests
Rozet, Eric ULg; Ziemons, Eric ULg; Marini Djang'Eing'A, Roland ULg et al

in Analytica Chimica Acta (2013), 760

Validation of analytical methods is required prior to their routine use. In addition, the current implementation of the Quality by Design (QbD) framework in the pharmaceutical industries aims at improving ... [more ▼]

Validation of analytical methods is required prior to their routine use. In addition, the current implementation of the Quality by Design (QbD) framework in the pharmaceutical industries aims at improving the quality of the end products starting from its early design stage. However, no regulatory guideline or none of the published methodologies to assess method validation propose decision methodologies that effectively take into account the final purpose of developed analytical methods. In this work a solution is proposed for the specific case of validating analytical methods involved in the assessment of the Content Uniformity or Uniformity of Dosage Units of a batch of pharmaceutical drug products as proposed in the European or US pharmacopoeias. This methodology uses statistical tolerance intervals as decision tools. Moreover it adequately defines the Analytical Target Profile of analytical methods in order to obtain analytical methods that allow to make correct decisions about Content Uniformity or Uniformity of Dosage Units with high probability. The applicability of the proposed methodology is further illustrated using an HPLC-UV assay as well as a Near Infra-Red Spectrophotometric method. [less ▲]

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See detailUsefulness of capability indices in the framework of analytical methods validation
Bouabidi, Abderrahim ULg; Ziemons, Eric ULg; Marini Djang'Eing'A, Roland ULg et al

in Analytica Chimica Acta (2012), 714

Analytical methods capability evaluation can be a useful methodology to assess the fitness of purpose of these methods for their future routine application. However, care on how to compute the capability ... [more ▼]

Analytical methods capability evaluation can be a useful methodology to assess the fitness of purpose of these methods for their future routine application. However, care on how to compute the capability indices has to be made. Indeed, the commonly used formulas to compute capability indices such as Cpk, will highly overestimate the true capability of the methods. Especially during methods validation or transfer, there are only few experiments performed and, using in these situations the commonly applied capability indices to declare a method as valid or as transferable to a receiving laboratory will conduct to inadequate decisions. In this work, an improved capability index, namely Cpk-tol and the corresponding estimator of proportion of non conforming results ( ) has been proposed. Through Monte-Carlo simulations, they have been shown to greatly increase the estimation of analytical methods capability in particular in low sample size situations as encountered during methods validation or transfer. Additionally, the usefulness of this capability index has been illustrated through several case studies covering applications commonly encountered in the pharmaceutical industry. Finally a methodology to determine the optimal sample size required to validate analytical methods is also given using the proposed capability metric. [less ▲]

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See detailValidation of analytical methods involved in dissolution assays: Acceptance limits and decision methodologies
Rozet, Eric ULg; Ziemons, Eric ULg; Marini Djang'Eing'A, Roland ULg et al

in Analytica Chimica Acta (2012), 751

Dissolution tests are key elements to ensure continuing product quality and performance. The ultimate goal of these tests is to assure consistent product quality within a defined set of specification ... [more ▼]

Dissolution tests are key elements to ensure continuing product quality and performance. The ultimate goal of these tests is to assure consistent product quality within a defined set of specification criteria. Validation of an analytical method aimed at assessing the dissolution profile of products or at verifying pharmacopoeias compliance should demonstrate that this analytical method is able to correctly declare two dissolution profiles as similar or drug products as compliant with respect to their specifications. It is essential to ensure that these analytical methods are fit for their purpose. Method validation is aimed at providing this guarantee. However, even in the ICHQ2 guideline there is no information explaining how to decide whether the method under validation is valid for its final purpose or not. Are the entire validation criterion needed to ensure that a Quality Control (QC) analytical method for dissolution test is valid? What acceptance limits should be set on these criteria? How to decide about method’s validity? These are the questions that this work aims at answering. Focus is made to comply with the current implementation of the Quality by Design (QbD) principles in the pharmaceutical industry in order to allow to correctly defining the Analytical Target Profile (ATP) of analytical methods involved in dissolution tests. Analytical method validation is then the natural demonstration that the developed methods are fit for their intended purpose and is not any more the inconsiderate checklist validation approach still generally performed to complete the filing required to obtain product marketing authorization. [less ▲]

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See detailImpurity fingerprints for the identification of counterfeit medicines - a feasibility study
Sacré, Pierre-Yves ULg; Deconinck, Eric; Daszykowski, Michal et al

in Analytica Chimica Acta (2011), 701

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See detailNear infrared and Raman spectroscopy as Process Analytical Technology tools for the manufacturing of silicone-based drug reservoirs
Mantanus, Jérôme ULg; Rozet, Eric ULg; Van Butsele, K. et al

in Analytica Chimica Acta (2011), 699

Using Near Infrared (NIR) and Raman spectroscopy as PAT tools, 3 critical quality attributes of a silicone-based drug reservoir were studied. First, the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) homogeneity ... [more ▼]

Using Near Infrared (NIR) and Raman spectroscopy as PAT tools, 3 critical quality attributes of a silicone-based drug reservoir were studied. First, the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) homogeneity in the reservoir was evaluated using Raman spectroscopy (mapping): the API distribution within the industrial drug reservoirs was found to be homogeneous while API aggregates were detected in laboratory scale samples manufactured with a non optimal mixing process. Second, the crosslinking process of the reservoirs was monitored at different temperatures with NIR spectroscopy. Conformity tests and Principal Component Analysis (PCA) were performed on the collected data to find out the relation between the temperature and the time necessary to reach the crosslinking endpoints. An agreement was found between the conformity test results and the PCA results. Compared to the conformity test method, PCA had the advantage to discriminate the heating effect from the crosslinking effect occurring together during the monitored process. Therefore the 2 approaches were found to be complementary. Third, based on the HPLC reference method, a NIR model able to quantify the API in the drug reservoir was developed and thoroughly validated. Partial Least Squares (PLS) regression on the calibration set was performed to build prediction models of which the ability to quantify accurately was tested with the external validation set. The 1.2 % RMSEP of the NIR model indicated the global accuracy of the model. The accuracy profile based on tolerance intervals was used to generate a complete validation report. The 95 % tolerance interval calculated on the validation results indicated that each future result will have a relative error below ±5 % with a probability of at least 95 %. In conclusion, 3 critical quality attributes of silicone-based drug reservoirs were quickly and efficiently evaluated by NIR and Raman spectroscopy. [less ▲]

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See detailApplication of new methodologies based on design of experiments, independent component analysis and design space for robust optimization in liquid chromatography
Debrus, Benjamin ULg; Lebrun, Pierre ULg; Ceccato, Attilio ULg et al

in Analytica Chimica Acta (2011), 691

HPLC separations of an unknown sample mixture and a pharmaceutical formulation have been optimized using a recently developed chemometric methodology proposed by W. Dewé et al. in 2004 and improved by P ... [more ▼]

HPLC separations of an unknown sample mixture and a pharmaceutical formulation have been optimized using a recently developed chemometric methodology proposed by W. Dewé et al. in 2004 and improved by P. Lebrun et al. in 2008. This methodology is based on experimental designs which are used to model retention times of compounds of interest. Then, the prediction accuracy and the optimal separation robustness, including the uncertainty study, were evaluated. Finally, the design space (ICH Q8(R2) guideline) was computed as the probability for a criterion to lie in a selected range of acceptance. Furthermore, the chromatograms were automatically read. Peak detection and peak matching were carried out with a previously developed methodology using independent component analysis published by B. Debrus et al. in 2009. The present successful applications strengthen the high potential of these methodologies for the automated development of chromatographic methods. [less ▲]

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See detailModels to estimate overall analytical measurements uncertainty: assumptions, comparisons and applications
Rozet, Eric ULg; Rudaz, S.; Marini Djang'Eing'A, Roland ULg et al

in Analytica Chimica Acta (2011), 702

Evaluation of analytical results reliability is of core importance as crucial decisions are taken with them. From the various methodologies to evaluate the fitness of purpose of analytical methods ... [more ▼]

Evaluation of analytical results reliability is of core importance as crucial decisions are taken with them. From the various methodologies to evaluate the fitness of purpose of analytical methods, overall measurement uncertainty estimation is more and more applied. Overall measurement uncertainty allows to combine simultaneously the remaining systematic influences to the random sources of uncertainty and allows assessing the reliability of results generated by analytical methods. However there are various interpretations on how to estimate overall measurement uncertainty, and thus various models for estimating it. Each model together with its assumptions has great impacts on the risks to abusively declare that analytical methods are suitable for their intended purpose. This review paper aims at i) summarizing the various models used to estimate overall measurement uncertainty, ii) provide their pros and cons, iii) review the main areas of application and iv) as a conclusion provide some recommendations when evaluating overall measurement uncertainty. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluating the reliability of analytical results using a probability criterion: a Bayesian perspective
Rozet, Eric ULg; Govaerts, B.; Lebrun, Pierre ULg et al

in Analytica Chimica Acta (2011), 705

Methods validation is mandatory in order to assess the fitness of purpose of the developed analytical method. Of core importance at the end of the validation is the evaluation of the reliability of the ... [more ▼]

Methods validation is mandatory in order to assess the fitness of purpose of the developed analytical method. Of core importance at the end of the validation is the evaluation of the reliability of the individual results that will be generated during the routine application of the method. Regulatory guidelines provide a general framework to assess the validity of a method, but none address the issue of results reliability. In this study, a Bayesian approach is proposed to address this concern. Results reliability is defined here as “the probability of an analytical method to provide analytical results within predefined acceptance limits around their reference or conventional true concentration values over a defined concentration range and under given environmental and operating conditions.” By providing the minimum reliability probability needed for the subsequent routine application of the method, as well as specifications or acceptance limits , the proposed Bayesian approach provides the effective probability of obtaining reliable future analytical results over the whole concentration range investigated. This is summarized in a single graph: the reliability profile. This Bayesian reliability profile is also compared to two frequentist approaches, the first one derived from the work of Dewé et al. [Dewé W., Govaerts B., Boulanger B., Rozet E., Chiap P., Hubert Ph., Chemometr. Intell. Lab. Syst. 85 (2007) 262-268] and the second proposed by Govaerts et al. [B. Govaerts, W. Dewé, M. Maumy, B. Boulanger, Qual. Reliab. Engng. Int. 24 (2008) 667-680]. Furthermore, to illustrate the applicability of the Bayesian reliability profile, this approach is also applied here to a bioanalytical method dedicated to the determination of ketoglutaric acid (KG) and hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) in human plasma by SPE-HPLC-UV. [less ▲]

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See detailQuality control of Citri reticulatae pericarpium: Exploratory analysis and discrimination.
Tistaert, Christophe; Thierry, Line; Szandrach, Andrzej et al

in Analytica Chimica Acta (2011), 705(1-2), 111-22

Extracts of Citri reticulatae pericarpium (PCR) are commonly used in the Traditional Chinese Medicine. The quality control of PCR is currently performed by single marker analysis, which can hardly ... [more ▼]

Extracts of Citri reticulatae pericarpium (PCR) are commonly used in the Traditional Chinese Medicine. The quality control of PCR is currently performed by single marker analysis, which can hardly describe the complexity of such natural samples. In this study, a fingerprint methodology for PCR based on high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) was developed and validated. A total of 69 fingerprints of authenticated PCR samples, commercial PCR samples, mixed peel samples, and other Citrus peels were recorded. Exploratory data analysis allowed optimizing the extraction procedure and detecting mixed peel samples. Once the optimizations were performed and the method validated, discrimination between the authentic PCR samples and all other samples was performed by p-Discriminant Partial Least Squares. The established model was able to differentiate between classes with a high reliability for each sample. Furthermore, evaluation of the score and loading plots of the model indicated nobiletin, tangeretin, naringin and hesperidin as important markers for the quality control of PCR. [less ▲]

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See detailThe application of reporter gene assays for the detection of endocrine disruptors in sport supplements
Plotan, Monica; Elliott, Chris; Scippo, Marie-Louise ULg et al

in Analytica Chimica Acta (2011), 700

The increasing availability and use of sports supplements is of concern as highlighted by a number of studies reporting endocrine disruptor contamination in such products. The health food supplement ... [more ▼]

The increasing availability and use of sports supplements is of concern as highlighted by a number of studies reporting endocrine disruptor contamination in such products. The health food supplement market, including sport supplements, is growing across the Developed World. Therefore, the need to ensure the quality and safety of sport supplements for the consumer is essential. <br />The development and validation of two reporter gene assays coupled with solid phase sample preparation enabling the detection of estrogenic and androgenic constituents in sport supplements is reported. Both assays were shown to be of high sensitivity with the estrogen and androgen reporter gene assays having an EC50 of 0.01 ng mL-1 and 0.16 ng mL-1 respectively. <br />The developed assays were applied in a survey of 63 sport supplements samples obtained across the Island of Ireland with an additional seven reference samples previously investigated using LC-MS/MS. Androgen and estrogen bio-activity was found in 71 % of the investigated samples. Bio-activity profiling was further broken down into agonists, partial agonists and antagonists. Supplements (13) with the strongest estrogenic bio-activity were chosen for further investigation. LC-MS/MS analysis of these samples determined the presence of phytoestrogens in seven of them. Supplements (38) with androgen bio-activity were also selected for further investigation. Androgen agonist bio-activity was detected in 12 supplements, antagonistic bio-activity was detected in 16 and partial antagonistic bio-activity was detected in 10. A further group of supplements (7) did not present androgenic bio-activity when tested alone but enhanced the androgenic agonist bio-activity of dihydrotestosterone when combined. <br />The developed assays offer advantages in detection of known, unknown and low-level mixtures of endocrine disruptors over existing analytical screening techniques. For the detection and identification of constituent hormonally active compounds the combination of biological and physio-chemical techniques is optimal. [less ▲]

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See detailDetection and identification of hydrophilic selenium compounds in selenium-rich yeast by size exclusion-microbore normal-phase HPLC with the on-line ICP-MS and electrospray Q-TOF-MS detection
Far, Johann ULg; Preud'homme, Hugues; Lobinski, Ryszard

in Analytica Chimica Acta (2010), 657(2),

Normal-phase HPLC and hydrophilic interaction HPLC (HILIC) were investigated for the separation of selenometabolites in a water extract of Se-rich yeast prior to their detection by ICP-MS and ... [more ▼]

Normal-phase HPLC and hydrophilic interaction HPLC (HILIC) were investigated for the separation of selenometabolites in a water extract of Se-rich yeast prior to their detection by ICP-MS and identification by electrospray MS/MS. The targeted fraction was a low-abundant fraction co-eluting with salt and sulfur analogues in size-exclusion chromatography which has so far been inaccessible to Se speciation studies. The optimization of the separation conditions resulted in the highest separation efficiency when HILIC was used and elution was carried out isocratically with a low concentration ammonium acetate buffer (1 mM ammonium acetate/10mM acetic acid) in 80% acetonitrile. Out of 15 peaks observed with the Se-specific ICP-MS detection 12 was identified by electrospray Q-TOF MS/MS (2,3-dihydroxypropionyl (DHP)-Se-methylselenocysteine [M+H](+): 272, Se-methyl-gamma-glutamyl-selenocysteinylglycine dioxide [M+H](+): 402, gamma-glutanlyl-Se-methylselenocysteine[M+H](+): 313; isomers of gamma-glutamylselenocystathionine [M+H](+): 400; Se-methyl-selenoglutathione [M+H](+): 370, isomers of N-acetylselenocystathionine [M+H](+): 313, 2,3-DHP-selenohomolanthionine [M+H](+): 373, isomers of 2,3-DHP-seienocystathionine[M+H](+): 359,2,3-DHP-selenolanthionine [M+H](+): 345 and selenohomolanthionine [M+H](+): 285). (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailValidation of a two-plate microbiological method for screening antibiotic residues in shrimp tissue
Pham Kim, Dang ULg; Degand, Guy ULg; Danyi, Sophie ULg et al

in Analytica Chimica Acta (2010), 672

Microbiological inhibition screening tests could play an important role to detect residues of antibiotics in the different animal food products, but very few are available for the aquaculture products in ... [more ▼]

Microbiological inhibition screening tests could play an important role to detect residues of antibiotics in the different animal food products, but very few are available for the aquaculture products in general, and for shrimps in particular. A two-plate microbiological method to screen shrimp for residues of the most commonly used antibiotics has been developed and validated according to criteria derived from the European Commission Decision 2002/657/CE. Bacillus subtilis was used as a sensitive strain to target antibiotics. Culture conditions on Petri plates (pH of medium) were selected to enhance the capacity of antibiotic detection. Antibiotic residues were extracted from shrimps using acetonitrile/acetone (70/30, v/v) before application on Petri plates seeded with B. subtilis. The method was validated using spiked blank tissues as well as antibiotic treated shrimps with enrofloxacin and tetracycline, two antibiotics often found to be used in shrimp production. For tetracyclines and (fluoro)quinolones, the detection capability was below the maximum residue limit (MRL), while it was around the MRL for sulfonamides. The specificity of the microbiological screening was 100% in all cases while the sensitivity and accuracy was 100% in almost all cases. The capacity of the method to detect contaminated samples was confirmed on antibiotic treated shrimps, analyzed in parallel with a confirmatory method (Liquid Chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (LC–MS)). [less ▲]

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See detailDetection of glucocorticoid bioactivity in bovine urine samples using a reporter gene assay
Connolly, Lisa; Cai, Kai; Van Der Heiden, Edwige ULg et al

in Analytica Chimica Acta (2009), 637

The illegal use of anabolic substances in the meat producing industry is an ongoing problem due to the continual production of new synthetic compounds and/or the practice of lowlevel cocktail ... [more ▼]

The illegal use of anabolic substances in the meat producing industry is an ongoing problem due to the continual production of new synthetic compounds and/or the practice of lowlevel cocktail administration to avoid detection by the surveillance schemes of EU member states National Plan surveillance systems. We present a highly sensitive reporter gene assay and sample extraction procedure based on a two step solid phase extraction and high performance liquid chromatography, developed for the detection of glucocorticoid abuse in bovine urine. The assay is capable of detecting compounds with glucocorticoid bioactivity and is extremely sensitive with an EC50 of 0.79 ngmL−1 for dexamethasone. New or unknown compounds with glucocorticoid bioactivity and low-level cocktail mixtures are detectable by this assay. Cross-reactivity data for a range of 11 -hydroxyglucocorticoids has been provided. This assay shows low interference from the 11-keto prohormones and other steroidal hormones. The assay may be suitable for application in other matrices such as hair. In conclusion this screening assay offers advantages over existing analytical techniques. [less ▲]

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See detailFood flavonoid aryl hydrocarbon receptor-mediated agonistic/antagonistic/synergic activities in human and rat reporter gene assays
Van Der Heiden, Edwige ULg; Bechoux, Nathalie ULg; Muller, Marc ULg et al

in Analytica Chimica Acta (2009), 637

Aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) is a ligand-activated transcription factor mediating the adverse effects of dioxins and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). In this study, we investigated the genetic ... [more ▼]

Aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) is a ligand-activated transcription factor mediating the adverse effects of dioxins and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). In this study, we investigated the genetic-, time-, dose-, species- and tissue-dependent AhR-mediated agonistic/ antagonistic activities of three food flavonoids: quercetin, chrysin and genistein. To that end, four stably transfected cell lines were used in cell-based luciferase reporter gene assays: three lines were transformed with the ptKLuc vector harbouring four dioxinresponsive elements (DREs) upstream of the thymidine kinase promoter and the luciferase gene (HepG2-Luc, T-47D-Luc and H4IIE-ULg). The fourth is a patented cell line transformed with a different construct: H4IIE DR-CALUX®. Both H4IIE cells were compared for their genetic construction. Human hepatoma (HepG2-Luc) and human breast tumour (T-47D-Luc) cells were compared for tissue-dependent effects. Rat hepatoma (H4IIE-ULg) and human hepatoma (HepG2-Luc) cellswere compared for species-dependent activities.We concluded that quercetin, chrysin and genistein act in a time-, dose-, species- and tissue-specific way. For example, genistein displayed agonistic activities when exposed to rat hepatoma cells during 6h but not after 24 h. Flavonoids displayed agonistic/antagonistic activities in human breast tumour cells, depending on the exposure time, while in human hepatoma cells, only antagonistic activities of flavonoids were measured. In addition, we report, in all the cells, a synergy between an isoflavone and two food contaminants; the 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzop- dioxin and 3-methylcholanthrene, a PAH. In rat cells, this synergy occurred when cells were exposed to flavonoids and contaminant for 6h, while it was observed in human cells only after 24 h. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalysis of EU priority polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in food supplements using high performance liquid chromatography coupled to an ultraviolet, diode array or fluorescence detector
Danyi, Sophie ULg; Brose, François ULg; Brasseur, Catherine ULg et al

in Analytica Chimica Acta (2009), 633

High performance liquid chromatography coupled to an ultraviolet, diode array or fluorescence detector (HPLC/UV-FLD) has been used to set up a method to detect the 15(+1) EU priority polycyclic aromatic ... [more ▼]

High performance liquid chromatography coupled to an ultraviolet, diode array or fluorescence detector (HPLC/UV-FLD) has been used to set up a method to detect the 15(+1) EU priority polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in food supplements covering the categories of dried plants and plant extracts excluding oily products. A mini validation was performed and the following parameters have been determined: limit of detection, limit of quantification, precision, recovery and linearity. They were in close agreement with quality criteria described in the Commission Regulation (EC) No 333/2007 concerning the PAH benzo[a]pyrene in foodstuffs, except the not fluorescent cyclopenta[c,d]pyrene for which the UV detection leads to a higher limit of detection. Analysis of twenty commercial food supplements covering mainly the class of dried plants was performed to evaluate their PAHs contamination levels and to test the applicability of the method to various plant matrices. Fifty percent of analyzed samples showed concentration exceeding 2 gkg−1 for one or more PAHs. [less ▲]

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See detailMoisture content determination of pharmaceutical pellets by near infrared spectroscopy: method development and validation.
Mantanus, Jérôme ULg; Ziemons, Eric ULg; Lebrun, Pierre ULg et al

in Analytica Chimica Acta (2009), 642(1-2), 186-92

The aim of the present study was to develop and validate a near infrared method able to accurately determine a moisture content of pharmaceutical pellets ranging from 1% to 8% in order to check their ... [more ▼]

The aim of the present study was to develop and validate a near infrared method able to accurately determine a moisture content of pharmaceutical pellets ranging from 1% to 8% in order to check their moisture content conformity. A calibration and validation set were designed for the conception and evaluation of the method adequacy. An experimental protocol was then followed, involving two operators, independent production campaign batches and different temperatures for data acquisition. On the basis of this protocol, prediction models based on partial least squares (PLS) regression were then carried out. Conventional criteria such as the R(2), the root mean square errors of calibration and prediction (RMSEC and RMSEP) as well as the number of PLS factors enabled the selection of three preliminary models. However, such criteria did not clearly demonstrate the model's ability to give accurate predictions over the whole analyzed water content range. Consequently, a novel approach based on accuracy profiles which allow the selection of the most fitted model for purpose was used. According to this novel approach, the model using multiplicative scatter correction (MSC) pre-treatment was obviously the most suitable. Indeed, the resulting accuracy profile clearly showed that this model was able to determine moisture content over the range of 1-8% with a very acceptable accuracy. The present study confirmed that NIR spectroscopy could be used in the PAT concept as a non-invasive, non-destructive and fast technique for moisture content determination in pharmaceutical pellets. In addition, facing the limit of the classical and commonly used criteria, the use of accuracy profiles proved to be useful as a powerful decision tool to demonstrate the suitability of the proposed analytical method. [less ▲]

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See detailIsolation and identification of inulooligosaccharides resulting from inulin hydrolysis
Ronkart, Sebastien N; Blecker, Christophe ULg; Fourmanoir, Hélène et al

in Analytica Chimica Acta (2007), 604(1), 81-87

In this study, inulooligosaccharides (F-n-type inulin) resulting from the endo-inulinase hydrolysis of globe artichoke inulin were purified and characterized. The aim was to produce F-n oligomer standards ... [more ▼]

In this study, inulooligosaccharides (F-n-type inulin) resulting from the endo-inulinase hydrolysis of globe artichoke inulin were purified and characterized. The aim was to produce F-n oligomer standards with the intention of identifying them in the complex inulin chromatogram. Inulin was extracted from globe artichoke and presented a high average degree of polymerization (DP) of about 80 as determined by high-performance anion exchange chromatography coupled with pulsed amperometric detection (HPAEC-PAD). This inulin was hydrolyzed by a commercial endo-inulinase yielding a product with a very high F-n/GF(n), molecule ratio, thus limiting the interference of GF(n) during the purification process. High performance size exclusion chromatography was used to individually isolate and collect each retention peak corresponding to a specific oligomer. The purity of these fractions was checked by HPAEC-PAD and showed that relatively pure molecules were produced. Electrospray ionization mass spectrometry allowed the molecular weight determination of these purified oligomers and ascertained their DP as F-2, F-3 and F-4. These F2-4 standards were used with glucose, fructose, sucrose and GF(2-4) (commercially available) to spike commercial oligofructose products in order to determine the elution profile in the HPAEC-PAD chromatogram. [less ▲]

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See detailImprovement of the decision efficiency of the accuracy profile by means of a desirability function for analytical methods validation - Application to a diacetyl-monoxime colorimetric assay used for the determination of urea in transdermal iontophoretic extracts
Rozet, Eric ULg; Wascotte, Valentine; Lecouturier, Nathalie et al

in Analytica Chimica Acta (2007), 591(2), 239-247

Validation of analytical methods is a widely used and regulated step for each analytical method. However, the classical approaches to demonstrate the ability to quantify of a method do not necessarily ... [more ▼]

Validation of analytical methods is a widely used and regulated step for each analytical method. However, the classical approaches to demonstrate the ability to quantify of a method do not necessarily fulfill this objective. For this reason an innovative methodology was recently introduced by using the tolerance interval and accuracy profile, which guarantee that a pre-defined proportion of future measurements obtained with the method will be included within the acceptance limits. Accuracy profile is an effective decision tool to assess the validity of analytical methods. The methodology to build such a profile is detailed here. However, as for any visual tool it has a part of subjectivity. It was then necessary to make the decision process objective in order to quantify the degree of adequacy of an accuracy profile and to allow a thorough comparison between such profiles. To achieve this, we developed a global desirability index based on the three most important validation criteria: the trueness, the precision and the range. The global index allows the classification of the different accuracy profiles obtained according to their respective response functions. A diacetyl-monoxime colorimetric assay for the determination of urea in transdermal iontophoretic extracts was used to illustrate these improvements. [less ▲]

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See detailSolubilisation and binding characteristics of a recombinant beta(2)-adrenergic receptor expressed in the membrane of Escherichia coli for the multianalyte detection of beta-agonists and antagonists residues in food-producing animals
Danyi, Sophie ULg; Degand, Guy ULg; Duez, Colette ULg et al

in Analytica Chimica Acta (2007), 589(2), 159-165

The number of substances with beta-agonistic activity, illegally introduced in meat production or in sports doping as anabolic or beta-blocking agents is increasing. Analytical methods suited for their ... [more ▼]

The number of substances with beta-agonistic activity, illegally introduced in meat production or in sports doping as anabolic or beta-blocking agents is increasing. Analytical methods suited for their multianalyte detection are thus necessary. In this perspective, receptor assays were developed. The research activities undertaken in this study describe the solubilisation of a recombinant human beta(2)-adrenergic receptor produced in the inner membrane of genetically modified Escherichia coli, using the detergent n-dodecyl-beta-D-maltoside. Its potential to detect the presence of beta-agonists or beta-blockers in biological samples was evaluated. The solubilised beta(2)-adrenergic receptor retained its binding affinity in a radio-receptor assay based on the competition for the binding to receptors between a ligand (beta-agonist or antagonist) and the radioligand [I-125]iodocyanopindolol. The IC50 values ranged from 5 +/- x 10(-8) M (clenbuterol) to 8 +/- 2 x 10(-6) M (isoxsuprine) for the beta-agonists tested and from 1.5 +/- 0.2 x 10(-10) M (carazolol) to 1.2 +/- 0.2 x 10(-5) M (metoprolol) for the beta-blockers tested. It was shown to have a lower limit of detection than a radio-receptor assay using the solubilised beta(2)-adrenoceptor expressed in a mammalian cell line. The solubilised recombinant human beta(2)-adrenoreceptor expressed in E. coli would be a useful tool to develop non radioactive multianalyte screening methods. (c) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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