Performance characteristics of a carbon isotope ratio method for detecting doping with testosterone based on urine diols : controls and athletes with elevated testosterone / epitestosterone ratios / Rodrigo Aguilera, Thomas Edward Chapman, Borislav Starcevic, C.K. Hatton, D.H. Catlin. - (Clinical Chemistry 47 (2001) 2 (February) ; p. 292-300)
- PMID: 11159778
Background: Carbon isotope ratio methods are used in doping control to determine whether urinary steroids are endogenous or pharmaceutical.
Methods: Gas chromatography-combustion-isotope ratio mass spectrometry (GC-C-IRMS) was used to determine the delta(13)C values for 5 beta-androstane-3 alpha,17 beta-diyl diacetate (5 beta A), 5 alpha-androstane-3 alpha,17 beta-diyl diacetate (5 alpha A), and 5 beta-pregnane-3 alpha,20 alpha-diyl diacetate (5 beta P) in a control group of 73 healthy males and 6 athletes with testosterone/epitestosterone ratios (T/E) >6.
Results: The within-assay precision SDs for 5 beta A, 5 alpha A, and 5 beta P were +/- 0.27 per thousand, +/- 0.38 per thousand, and +/- 0.28 per thousand, respectively. The between-assay precision SDs ranged from +/- 0.40 per thousand to +/- 0.52 per thousand. The system suitability and batch acceptance scheme is based on SDs. For the control group, the mean delta(13)C (SD) values were -25.69 per thousand (+/- 0.92 per thousand), -26.35 per thousand (+/- 0.68 per thousand), and -24.26 per thousand (+/- 0.70 per thousand), for 5 beta A, 5 alpha A, and 5 beta P, respectively. 5 beta P was greater than 5 beta A and 5 alpha A (P <0.01), and 5 beta A was greater than 5 alpha A (P <0.01). The means - 3 SD were -28.46 per thousand, -28.39 per thousand, and -26.37 per thousand for 5 beta A, 5 alpha A, and 5 beta P, respectively. The maximum difference between 5 beta P and 5 beta A was 3.2 per thousand, and the maximum 5 beta A/5 beta P was 1.13. Three athletes with chronically elevated T/Es had delta(13)C values consistent with testosterone administration and three did not.
Conclusions: This GC-C-IRMS assay of urine diols has low within- and between-assay SDs; therefore, analysis of one urine sample suffices for doping control. The means, SDs, +/-3 SDs, and ranges of delta(13)C values in a control group are established. In comparison, testosterone users have low 5 beta A and 5 alpha A, large differences between 5 beta A or 5 alpha A and 5 beta P, and high 5 beta A/5 beta P and 5 alpha A/5 beta P ratios.