The Partnership for Clean Competition aims to promote a holistic understanding of anti-doping. To move toward that goal, we’ve put together a selection of articles published in December 2020 that are relevant to clean sport. These articles may or may not stem from PCC-funded research. Posting them here should not be read as an endorsement of findings, but rather, an attempt to assemble the latest research in one place to make it easy to read and review.

Aguilar-Navarro M, Baltazar-Martins G, Salinero JJ, Muñoz-Guerra J, Mar Plata MD, Lara B, Coso JD. Outcomes of adverse analytical findings in individual and team sports. Bioanalysis. 2020 Dec 16. doi: 10.4155/bio-2020-0263. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33326303. 

Ameline A, Gheddar L, Raul JS, Kintz P. Characterization of letrozole in human hair using LC-MS/MS and confirmation by LC-HRMS: Application to a doping case. J Chromatogr B Analyt Technol Biomed Life Sci. 2020 Dec 15;11[62:12]2495. doi: 10.1016/j.jchromb.2020.122495. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33360417. 

Barkoukis V, Bondarev D, Lazuras L, Shakverdieva S, Ourda D, Bochaver K, Robson A. Whistleblowing against doping in sport: A cross-national study on the effects of motivation and sportspersonship orientations on whistleblowing intentions. J Sports Sci. 2020 Dec 18:1-10. doi: 10.1080/02640414.2020.1861740. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33337975. 

Fares MY, Baydoun H, Salhab HA, Khachfe HH, Fares Y, Fares J, Abboud JA. Doping in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC): A 4-year epidemiological analysis. Drug Test Anal. 2020 Dec 3. doi: 10.1002/dta.2987. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33270353. 

Feisthauer E, Ameline A, Gheddar L, Arbouche N, Raul JS, Kintz P. Analysis of Cocaine and its Metabolites in Urine After Consummation of Coca Tea by Five Subjects and Subsequent Hair Testing. J Anal Toxicol. 2020 Dec 5:bkaa190. doi: 10.1093/jat/bkaa190. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33277893. 

Jessen S, Reitelseder S, Kalsen A, Kreiberg M, Onslev J, Gad A, Ørtenblad N, Backer V, Holm L, Bangsbo J, Hostrup M. Beta2-agonist salbutamol augments hypertrophy in MHCIIa fibers and sprint power output but not muscle force during 11 weeks of resistance training in young men. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2020 Dec 24. doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00553.2020. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33357007. 

Knutsson JE, Andersson A, Baekken LV, Pohanka A, Ekström L, Hirschberg AL. Disposition of urinary and serum steroid metabolites in response to testosterone administration in healthy women. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2020 Dec 4:dgaa904. doi: 10.1210/clinem/dgaa904. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33274381. 

Martin L, Martin JA, Audran M, Marchand A. An optimized SDS-PAGE protocol with a new blotting system for the initial testing procedure of ESAs in doping control. Drug Test Anal. 2020 Dec 2. doi: 10.1002/dta.2601. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33269539. 

Mussack V, Wittmann G, Pfaffl MW. On the trail of blood doping – microRNA fingerprints to monitor autologous blood transfusions in vivo. Am J Hematol. 2020 Dec 16. doi: 10.1002/ajh.26078. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33326140. 

Rocchi A, Chiti E, Maiese A, Turillazzi E, Spinetti I. MicroRNAs: An Update of Applications in Forensic Science. Diagnostics (Basel). 2020 Dec 26;11(1):E32. doi: 10.3390/diagnostics11010032. PMID: 33375374. 

Stacchini C, Botrè F, Comunità F, de la Torre X, Dima AP, Ricci M, Mazzarino M. Simultaneous detection of different chemical classes of selective androgen receptor modulators in urine by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry-based techniques. J Pharm Biomed Anal. 2020 Dec 28;1[95:11]3849. doi: 10.1016/j.jpba.2020.113849. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33383501. 

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