High-performance liquid chromatographic on-line flow-through radioactivity detector system for analyzing amino acids and metabolites labeled with nitrogen-13

Edward Nieves, Karen C. Rosenspire, Sabina Filc-DeRicco, Alan S. Gelbard, Arthur J.L. Cooper

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A flow-through radioactivity detector was used for the high-performance liquid chromatographic determination of amino acids and other nitrogenous substances labeled with 13N, a short-lived (t 1 2 9.96 min) positron-emitting radionuclide. 13N-Labeled compounds were analyzed using cation, anion and amino columns, or as the o-phthaldialdehyde derivative on an ODS column. Use of column-switching valves and a high-performance liquid chromatographic system with a quaternary eluting capability permits two to three 20-min analyses of labeled samples from a single 13N experiment to be carried out on different columns using a binary or a single mobile phase. Radioactivity in liver metabolites was quantified using an on-line flow-through monitor with data processing capability for integrating peaks and correcting for radioactivity decay. As an example, 1 min following an l-[13N]glutamate injection via the hepatic portal vein, 77% of the label in the liver was in a metabolized form; at least ten labeled products were formed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)325-337
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Chromatography B: Biomedical Sciences and Applications
Issue numberC
Publication statusPublished - 1986


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