O-Pentafluorobenzyloxime (OPFB)-heptafluorobutyrylester (HFB) derivatives and OPFB-O-methyloxime (MO)-trimethylsilylether (TMS) derivatives of non-ecdysteroid steroids were prepared from haemolymph extracts of last instar larvae of the fleshfly Sarcophaga bullata. Using a negative ion chemical ionization capillary gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (NCI/GC-MS) technique the following steroids could be identified: progesterone, testosterone, 5α-androstane-3β,17β-diol, 5β-androstane-3α,17β-diol, androst-5-ene-3β,17β-diol, androstenedione, 5α-dihydrotestosterone, 11-ketotestosterone, 11β-hydroxytestosterone, 17α-hydroxyprogesterone, 17α-hydroxyprogesterone, 17α,20β-dihydroxyprogesterone. Although the technique is very sensitive, estrogens could not be detected. These results suggest an active metabolism of progesterone and testosterone
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