Application of Response Surface Modeling and Chemometrics Methods for the Determination of Ofloxacin in Human Urine Using Dispersive Liquid-Liquid Microextraction Combined with Spectrofluorimetry


J. Braz. Chem. Soc.




Dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (DLLME) and spectrofluorimetry, coupled with chemometrics methods, are proposed in this work for the pre-concentration and determination of ofloxacin concentration in spiked human urine. Chloroform and acetonitrile were selected as the extraction and dispersive solvents by the one-variable-at-a-time process. The Box-Behnken design was used to optimize the other variables, including the volume of extraction and dispersion solvents, solution pH, and ionic strength. A linear calibration curve was obtained in the 5.0-120.0 ng mL-1 range under optimal conditions with a detection limit of 1.61 ng mL-1 and correlation coefficient of 0.9948. A relative standard deviation (RSD) of 1.13% was obtained for seven consecutive replicates. Parallel factor analysis (PARAFAC) and partial least square (PLS) modeling were applied for the multivariate calibration of the spectrofluorimetric data. To pre-process the data matrices and predict the model results, the orthogonal signal correction (OSC) was used, and the analysis results were statistically compared. The methods accuracy values for ofloxacin determination, evaluated by the root mean square errors of prediction (RMSEP) and relative standard error of prediction (RSEP), were 0.82 and 1.12 using OSC-PLS, and 0.31 and 0.42 using OSC-PARAFAC models, respectively. Ofloxacin can be reliably determined in human urine samples through the proposed procedure, according to the results.

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