Metanephrines in Urine - HPLC

Order No.: 2020, for 100 tests
3-Methoxytyramine, Metanephrine, Normetanephrine

No pH adjustment after hydrolysis
Only 1 sample clean up column required
Reliable separation of interferences

CE-IVD validated product ready for IVDR within timeframes and transition periods specified by the IVDR-2022 regulation




Clinical relevance

The biogenic amines normetanephrine, metanephrine, and 3-methoxytyramine are the primary metabolites produced in catecholamine metabolism. They are important parameters in diagnosing certain tumours in the adrenal medulla such as pheochromocytomas, neuroblastomas, ganglioneuromas and melanoblastomas. They have to be determined in addition to adrenaline, noradrenaline, dopamine, VMA and HVA in order to lower the risk of false-positive results.


Product advantages

  • Only 1 sample clean up column required
  • Effective removal of interferences
  • Combined catecholamine/metanephrine analysis in urine is possible


This assay enables a reliable routine HPLC determination of metanephrine, normetanephrine, and 3-methoxytyramine in urine. The conjugated metanephrines are reliably released using acid hydrolysis. The pH level required for solid phase extraction can be adjusted very easily using the colour change indicator by adding the neutralisation buffer. The chromatographic determination is run on an isocratic HPLC system with an electrochemical detector. Optimised column and mobile phase ensure the reliable separation of possible interfering substances.

More Information
Method of Analysis HPLC
Number of Tests 100
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Limit of quantification 5 - 11 µg/l
Linearity up to 5000 µg/l (normetanephrine: 5- 2500 µg/l)
Recovery > 94 %

CV < 3 %


CV < 4.4 %

Analysis Time ~ 14 min
Specimen 24 h urine (containing 25 % HCl); spontaneous urine (refer the data to urine creatinine)
Sample Preparation
  • Acidic hydrolysis: Pipette 100 µl Internal Standard into a hydrolyis tube, add 1 ml urine, adjust pH with 2 N HCl to 0.8 to 1.0. Incubate in the sealed tube at 90 to 100 °C for 30 min, then cool down immediately.
  • Neutralisation: Add 6 ml Neutralisation Buffer to the hydrolysed urine. If the sample colour does not change to purple, add 2 N NaOH until colour changes.
  • Extraction: Apply the entire sample to the sample clean up column, discard eluate.
  • Washing: Apply 10 ml distilled water and then 5 ml Wash Buffer, discard eluates.
  • Elution: Apply 5 ml Elution Buffer to the sample clean up column and collect eluate. Mix each eluate briefly.
  • HPLC: Add 30 µl glacial acetic acid per ml eluate. Inject 20 µl of the acidified eluate into the HPLC system.
Sample Stability At +2 to +8 °C at least 5 days. Aliquot and freeze for longer storage.
Injection Volume 20 µl
Flow rate 1.0-1.2 ml/min
Column temperature ambient (~25 °C)
Additional Info

For the Chromsystems HPLC analysis of metanephrines in urine any isocratic HPLC system with electrochemical detector is suitable.

Parameter 3-Methoxytyramine, Metanephrine, Normetanephrine
Potential approx. +780 to +840 mV
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