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[Moser2005] Moser, B., F. Bodrogi, G. Eibl, M. Lechner, J. Rieder, and P. Lirk, "Mass spectrometric profile of exhaled breath–field study by PTR-MS.", Respir Physiol Neurobiol, vol. 145, no. 2-3: Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Leopold Franzens University, Anichstr. 35, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria., pp. 295–300, Feb, 2005.
Recently, increased interest has focused on the diagnostic potential of volatile organic compounds (VOC) exhaled in human breath as this substance group has been conjectured in indoor air quality and disease screening. Proton transfer reaction-mass spectrometry (PTR-MS) has been established as a new tool for a rapid determination of exhaled air profile. However, no investigations have been carried out into the profile of exhaled air as determined by PTR-MS. Therefore, it was the aim of the present study to determine the profile of exhaled breath in a field survey enrolling 344 persons. Analysis was performed using PTR-MS. No significant correlations with age, blood pressure, and body mass index could be observed with any molecular mass. The present study delineates possible reference values for PTR-MS investigations into exhaled air profile. In conclusion, the present study was the first to delineate mass spectrometric characteristics of an average patient sample as possible reference values.
[Lirk2004] Lirk, P., F. Bodrogi, M. Deibl, C. M. Kaehler, J. Colvin, B. Moser, G. Pinggera, H. Raifer, J. Rieder, and W. Schobersberger, "Quantification of recent smoking behaviour using proton transfer reaction-mass spectrometry (PTR-MS).", Wien Klin Wochenschr, vol. 116, no. 1-2: Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Clinical Division of General Internal Medicine, Leopold-Franzens University, Innsbruck, Austria., pp. 21–25, Jan, 2004.
Smoking is the most important single risk factor in current public health. Surveillance of exposure to tobacco smoke may be accomplished using environmental monitoring or in-vivo tests for smoking biomarkers. Acetonitrile exhaled in human breath has been described as a potential marker mirroring recent smoking behavior. The aim of this study was to determine exhaled acetonitrile levels in a sample of 268 volunteers (48 smokers, 220 non-smokers) attending a local health fair. Breath specimens were collected into inert sample bags, with parallel collection of ambient air. Subsequently, all samples were analysed using proton transfer reaction-mass spectrometry (PTR-MS). Smokers had elevated levels of exhaled acetonitrile compared with non-smokers (p<0.001). Analysis using the receiver-operating-characteristic curve demonstrated that smoking can be predicted with a sensitivity of 79% and a specificity of 91%, using a cut-off concentration of 20.31 parts per billion of acetonitrile. This first field survey of exhaled acetonitrile in a large group of test persons demonstrates the feasibility of a rapid and non-invasive test for recent exposure to tobacco. We conclude that analysis of exhaled-breath acetonitrile may serve as a method of determining recent active smoking behaviour.

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Selected PTR-MS related Reviews

F. Biasioli, C. Yeretzian, F. Gasperi, T. D. Märk: PTR-MS monitoring of VOCs and BVOCs in food science and technology, Trends in Analytical Chemistry 30 (7) (2011).

J. de Gouw, C. Warneke, T. Karl, G. Eerdekens, C. van der Veen, R. Fall: Measurement of Volatile Organic Compounds in the Earth's Atmosphere using Proton-Transfer-Reaction Mass Spectrometry. Mass Spectrometry Reviews, 26 (2007), 223-257.

W. Lindinger, A. Hansel, A. Jordan: Proton-transfer-reaction mass spectrometry (PTR–MS): on-line monitoring of volatile organic compounds at pptv levels, Chem. Soc. Rev. 27 (1998), 347-375.


Lists with PTR-MS relevant publications of the University of Innsbruck can be found here: Atmospheric and indoor air chemistry, IMR, Environmental Physics and Nano-Bio-Physics


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