Journal article

New insights for identification of doping with recombinant human erythropoietin micro-doses after high hydration.

L Martin, M Ashenden, J Bejder, M Hoffmann, N Nordsborg, K Karstoft, J Morkeberg, K Sharpe, F Lasne, A Marchand

Drug Testing and Analysis | Published : 2016


To minimize the chances of being caught after doping with recombinant human erythropoietins (rhEPO), athletes have turned to new practices using micro-doses and excess fluid ingestion to accelerate elimination and decrease the probability of detection. Our objective was to test the sensitivity of detection by validated methods (IEF: isoelectric focusing; SDS-PAGE: sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis) when such practices are used. First, after a three-week rhEPO boost period and 10 days of wash out, detection of a single 900 IU micro-dose of Eprex® was evaluated in healthy male subjects. After an injection in the evening, urine and plasma samples were collected the follo..

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