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Improved high-performance liquid chromatographic method for the determination of 6-N,N,N-trimethyllysine in plasma and urine: biomedical application of chromatographic figures of merit and amine mobile phase modifiers

Minkler, P.E.; Erdos, E.A.; Ingalls, S.T.; Griffin, R.L.; Hoppel, C.L.

Journal of Chromatography 380(2): 285-299

1986


ISSN/ISBN: 0021-9673
PMID: 3093513
Accession: 005641563

An internally standardized method for the determination of 6-N,N,N-trimethyllysine in human plasma, human urine, rat plasma, rat urine and hydrolyzed rat urine is described. This methylated amino acid and the procedural internal standard 6-N,N,N-triethyllysine were isolated from the sample matrices using short ion-exchange columns and detected following high-performance liquid chromatography using a postcolumn reaction (o-phthalic-dicarboxaldehyde-2-mercaptoethanol) and fluorometric detection. The reliable detection limit for 6-N,N,N-trimethyllysine was 0.2 nmol/ml in 200 .mu.l of human plasma The chromatographic separation exploits the unique properties of a novel teritary amine mobile phase modifier, 3-(N,N-dimethylamino)-1,2-propanediol. The capacity factor and "Chromatographic Figures of Merit" (including peak asymmetry and relative system efficiency) were calculated for the chromatographic peak representing 6-N,N,N-trimethyllysine in over 2200 injections made while evaluating 900 biological specimens.

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