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Drug Retention during Animal Inhalation Exposure by FT-IR Spectroscopy

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Abstract:

A unique analytical method for the determination of the amount of volatile drug retention by animals during inhalation exposure experiments was developed and evaluated. A large-volume collection system was used to collect and store all exhaled air from the animal. The collected air was analyzed by FT-IR spectroscopy with the use of a Nicolet 5SXB spectrometer and a Spectra-Tech Inc. 10-m long-path gas cell. The developed technique was evaluated with the use of bis-(trifluoromethyl) disulfide (TFD) administered to adult sheep. Control experiments confirmed the system's ability to capture 100% of the administered compound. It was observed that the sheep retained an average of 4.4 mg of this compound per kg of body weight during a 10-min exposure period at an air concentration of 5.0 mg per L. After quantitative analysis, compounds exhaled by the animal were concentrated by passing the collected air through a series of dry-ice and liquid-nitrogen-cooled traps. FT-IR analysis of the collected concentrated products indicated that TFD did not undergo chemical decomposition to form trifluoromethyl sulfide during the exposure experiment. The exposure system and the analytical method developed can be used with both large and small animals.

Keywords: Drug retention; Gas cell analysis; Infrared spectroscopy; Inhalation exposure

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1366/0003702904086795

Affiliations: 1: Basic Assessment Branch, Drug Assessment Division, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense, Bldg. E-3081, SGRD-UV-DB, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland 21010-5425 2: Basic Assessment Branch, Drug Assessment Division, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense, Bldg. E-3081, SGRD-UV-DB, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland 21010-5425; present address: University of Maryland at Baltimore, School of Pharmacy, Clinical Pharmacokinetics Laboratory, 20 North Pine Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Publication date: July 1, 1990

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