MassChrom® Free Metanephrines in Plasma with 96 SPE Well Plate

MassChrom® Free Metanephrines in Plasma with 96 SPE Well Plate

Order no.: 81000
2 x 96 Tests
  • 3-Methoxytyramine
  • Metanephrine
  • Normetanephrine

6PLUS1® Multilevel Calibrator Set and MassCheck® controls based on human plasma

Isotopically labelled internal standard for each analyte

Fully automated workflow solution available


MassChrom® Free Metanephrines in Plasma
With 96 SPE Well Plates, suitable for manual and automated sample preparation
For 2 x 96 determinations

Clinical relevance

This kit allows the quantitative determination of metanephrine, normetanephrine and 3-methoxytyramine in plasma by LC-MS/MS.

One typical application for this kit is the analysis of patient samples with a suspicion of pheochromocytomas. These tumours and other neural crest tumours (e.g. paragangliomas and neuroblastomas) secrete metanephrine, normetanephrine and 3-methoxytyramine. The plasma free metanephrines are more stable and secreted more evenly than catecholamines (epinephrine, norepinephrine, and dopamine). Some studies show that the analysis of plasma free metanephrines has the highest sensitivity and specificity in pheochromocytoma diagnostics compared to plasma free catecholamines and metanephrines in urine.


Product advantages

  • 6PLUS1® Multilevel Calibrator Set and MassCheck® controls based on human plasma
  • Simple sample prep in just a few steps
  • Chromatographic separation of analytes – no co-elution
  • Isotopically labelled internal standards for all analytes
  • Fully automated workflow solution available

This kit encompasses all required components and allows a simple and fast sample preparation: solid phase extraction (SPE) without equilibration/conditioning steps, analyte enrichment without evaporation step, only one elution step. The analytes are chromatographically separated to avoid co-elution and to minimise risks of interferences. The use of stable isotope-labelled internal standards for every single analyte ensures reproducible and reliable quantification. The 6PLUS1® Multilevel Plasma Calibrator Set and MassCheck® controls ensure high precision of results. They are obtained from human plasma to minimise matrix-induced differences.

A fully automated workflow solution is also available.

Alternatively, there is also a method available using Sample Clean Up Columns (81000/C).


Technical Data

Method of Analysis


Number of Tests

2 x 96


3-Methoxytyramine, Metanephrine, Normetanephrine

Analysis Time

5 min

Limit of quantification

Metanephrine: 15 ng/l
Normetanephrine: 7 ng/l
3-Methoxytyramine: 11 ng/l


Metanephrine: up to 5650 ng/l
Normetanephrine: up to 8500 ng/l
3-Methoxytyramine: up to 5800 ng/l


89–100 %


CV = 2.7–6.9 %


CV = 3.3–8.6 %



Sample Preparation

  • Pipette 500 µl Dilution Buffer and 25 µl Internal Standard Mix into each well of the 96 SPE Well Plate.
  • Add 500 µl of the sample/calibrator/MassCheck® control, centrifuge, discard effluent.
  • Add 0.9 ml Wash Buffer 1, centrifuge, discard effluent.
  • Add 2 x 0.9 ml Wash Buffer 2, centrifuge, discard effluent.
  • Add 250 µl Elution Buffer into each well and centrifuge.
  • Inject up to 25 µl.

Injection Volume

≤ 25 µl




ESI positive



Please note

The freely available information on this website, in particular on the sample preparation, are not sufficient to work with our products. Please read instructions and warning notices on products and/or instruction manuals.

Kit Components

Components available separately

Mobile Phase A

Order no.: 81001

Mobile Phase B

Order no.: 81002

Dilution Buffer

Order no.: 81003

Internal Standard Mix

Order no.: 81004

Wash Buffer 1

Order no.: 81005

Wash Buffer 2

Order no.: 81006

Elution Buffer

Order no.: 81007

Rinsing Solution

Order no.: 81009

96 SPE Well Plate

Order no.: 81057

Collection Plates

Order no.: 81058


Calibrators available separately


Controls available separately