LC method development for new drug candidates or screening methods for new active structures in botanicals present the same type of challenges: How do I know that I have separated all main components, as well as important, sometimes hidden, impurities? Is my resolution good enough? Am I missing small, co-eluting peaks?
The extraction, purification and simultaneous determination of five mycotoxins from wheat and corn is described using a modified QuEChERS approach with LC-MS determination. These include three type A, diacetoxyscirpenol (DAS), T-2 toxin and HT-2 toxin, and two type B trichothecenes, deoxynivalenol (DON) and nivalenol (NIV).