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    Capillary microsampling (CMS) to collect microplasma volumes is gradually replacing traditional, larger volume sampling from rats in GLP toxicology studies. About 32 µl of blood is collected with a capillary, processed to plasma and stored in a 10- or 4-µl capillary which is washed out further downstream in the laboratory. CMS has been standardized with respect to materials, assay validation experiments and application for sample analysis. The implementation of CMS has resulted in blood volume reductions in the rat from 300 to 32 µl per time point and the elimination of toxicokinetic satellite groups in the majority of the rat GLP toxicology studies. The technique has been successfully applied in 26 GLP studies for 12 different projects thus far.


    Tom Verhaeghe, Lieve Dillen, Hans Stieltjes, Loeckie de Zwart, Bianca Feyen, Luc Diels, Ann Vroman, Philip Timmerman. The application of capillary microsampling in GLP toxicology studies. Bioanalysis. 2017 Apr;9(7):531-540

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