Two capillary electrophoresis methods have been developed for the direct determination of triamterene and its main metabolite hydroxytriamterene sulfate in human urine. Analytes were detected using conventional UV detection as well as laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) detection with an HeCd-laser operating at a wavelength of 325 nm. The results of both detection techniques were compared. Indeed, the limit of quantification was eightfold lower using LIF detection (50 ng/ml) in comparison to UV detection (400 ng/ml). As no interference due to endogenous urine compounds was observed, direct urine analysis was feasible. Analysis was very simple and fast - one run could be performed within less than 10 min (CE-UV method) and 2.5 min (CE-LIF method), respectively. Both assays were fully validated and applied to urine samples from a human volunteer. The results of the application of the CE-LIF method to human urine samples are presented in this publication. © 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
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