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  • Chem Sci Trans., 2014, 3(2),  pp 703-707  

    DOI:10.7598/cst2014.733

    Research Article

    Unusual Finding of Oxytocin in Illicit Liquor Samples by HPTLC

  • B P. MORE, B B. DOUNDKAR and R.B.TOCHE
  • Regional Forensic Science Laboratory, Opposite Vidyut Nagar, Dindori Road, Nasik-422004, M.S., India
    Directorate of Forensic Science Laboratories, Kalina, Santacruz east, Mumbai-98 M.S., India
    Department of Chemistry, KTHM College, Nashik-422002 M.S., India
  • Abstract

    The oxytocin (cyclic octapeptide hormone) also called as love hormone, is a mammalian neurohypophysical hormone that acts primarily as a neuromodulator in the brain and causes anxiety. The oxytocin is also having side effects causes proved to be harmful to human being and hence the use of oxytocin is prohibitated by the Government. The investigation showed that for monitor gain illicit add oxytocin in liquors to increase effect of alcohol. The study was under taken to find out harmful adulterants in the suspected liquors. The present method include HPTLC using glacial acetic acid: water: methanol and dichloromethane (1:6:30:70) as a mobile phase and phosphomolybdotungstic a specific chromogenic spray reagent. This approach is the simplest tool for identification of adulterant used in illicit liquor samples.

    Keywords

    Illicit liquor, Oxytocin, HPTLC, Forensic lab, Phosphomolybdotungstic

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