Study of volatile selenium metabolites stability in normal urine: Effects of sample handling and storage conditions

Marlène Klein, Hugues Preud'Homme, Maïté Bueno, Florence Pannier

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The aim of this study was to define suitable conditions for sample handling and storage of urine samples in order to ensure reliable analysis of selenium-containing volatile metabolites. Short-term stability testing (from sample collection to 30-35 hours) included: temperature (room, i.e. 22 ± 2 °C, refrigerator (4 °C)), the presence and absence of light, and addition of a bactericide (0.05% NaN3). The long-term stability study evaluated urine storage at -20 and -80 °C over a period of 4 weeks. This work was conducted with normal urine samples, i.e. from non-supplemented human volunteers, in order to profile baseline metabolites and corresponding concentration levels. The results indicate that urine samples should be maintained in the dark immediately after collection and preferably analyzed within the day of collection. If temporary storage cannot be avoided, it should be at 4 °C after addition of NaN3. For longer period, urine samples can be stored at -20 or -80 °C without measurable changes respectively for 2 to 4 weeks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)602-607
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2011


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy

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