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Title: Determination of benzene and its metabolites: Application in biological monitoring of environmental and occupational exposure to benzene
Authors: Ong, C.-N. 
Lee, B.-L.
Issue Date: 3-Oct-1994
Citation: Ong, C.-N.,Lee, B.-L. (1994-10-03). Determination of benzene and its metabolites: Application in biological monitoring of environmental and occupational exposure to benzene. Journal of Chromatography B: Biomedical Sciences and Applications 660 (1) : 1-22. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Methods for the biological monitoring of benzene and its metabolites in exhaled air, blood and urine are reviewed. Analysis of benzene in breath can be carried out by using an exhaled-air collection tube and direct analysis by GC or GC-MS; however, this technique is less reliable when compared to analysis using blood or urine. For the determination of non-metabolized benzene in blood and urine, GC head-space analysis is recommended. Phenol, the major metabolite of benzene can be monitored by either HPLC or GC methods. However, urinary phenol has proved to be a poor biomarker for low-level benzene exposure. Recent studies have shown that trans,trans-muconic acid, a minor metabolite of benzene can be determined using HPLC with UV detection. This biomarker can be used for detection of low-level benzene exposure. Urinary S-phenylmercapturic acid is another sensitive biomarker for benzene, but it can be detected only by GC-MS. Hydroquinone, catechol and 1,2,4-benzenetriol can be measured using HPLC with either ultraviolet or fluorimetric detection. Nevertheless, their use for low-level assessment requires further studies. Eventually, for the assessment of health risks caused by benzene, biological-exposure reference values need to be established before they can be widely used in a field setting. © 1994.
Source Title: Journal of Chromatography B: Biomedical Sciences and Applications
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/113788
ISSN: 03784347
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