Creatinine measurements in 24 h urine by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry

Eun Kee Park, Takaho Watanabe, Shirley J. Gee, Marc B Schenker, Bruce D. Hammock

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A simple, sensitive, and specific liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method for determining urinary creatinine was developed and used to evaluate 24 h urine samples collected during an exposure study. Urine (1 μL) was diluted with methanol and then directly applied to LC-MS/MS. Under electrospray ionization (ESI) conditions, the transition molecules of creatinine and creatinine-d3 were observed at m/z 114 > 44 and m/z 117 > 47, respectively. The retention time of creatinine was 0.59 min. The linear range was 1-2000 ng/mL, with a detection limit in urine of 1 ng/mL. LC-MS/MS and colorimetric end-point methods were significantly associated (R2 = 0.8785, p < 0.0001). The LC-MS/MS method to determine creatinine in 24 h urine samples had shorter retention times, was more sensitive, reliable, reproducible, simple, selective, and used a smaller sample size than other LC-MS/MS or commercial methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)333-336
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 23 2008


  • Creatinine
  • LC-MS/MS
  • Urine
  • Validation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Food Science
  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)


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