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Frere B.,Institute Of Recherche Criminelle Of La Gendarmerie Nationale Rosny Sous Bois | Suchaud F.,Institute Of Recherche Criminelle Of La Gendarmerie Nationale Rosny Sous Bois | Bernier G.,Institute Of Recherche Criminelle Of La Gendarmerie Nationale Rosny Sous Bois | Cottin F.,Institute Of Recherche Criminelle Of La Gendarmerie Nationale Rosny Sous Bois | And 4 more authors.
Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry | Year: 2014

An analytical method was developed to characterize puparia cuticular lipids (hydrocarbons, waxes) and to compare the molecular distribution patterns in the extracts from either recent or older puparia. Acid-catalyzed transesterification and solvent extraction and purification, followed by combined gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry, were optimized for the determination of hydrocarbons and fatty acid ethyl esters from transesterified waxes, extracted from a single species of a fly scavenger (Hydrotaea aenescens Wiedemann, 1830). Comparison between recent (2012) or older (1997) puparia contents has highlighted significant composition differences, in particular, a general decrease of the chain length in the n-alkane distribution pattern and, on the contrary, an increase of the ester chain length. Both extracts contain traces of three hopane hydrocarbon congeners. Preliminary results evidence the change in puparia lipid composition over time, thus potentially providing new indices for estimating postmortem interval. © 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. Source

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