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J Chromatogr A. 2013 May 24;1291:84-91. doi: 10.1016/j.chroma.2013.03.062. Epub 2013 Mar 27.

Determination of fatty acids in bio-samples based on the pre-column fluorescence derivatization with 1,3,5,7-tetramethyl-8-butyrethylenediamine-difluoroboradiaza-s-indacene by high performance liquid chromatography.

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  • 1Key Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry for Biology and Medicine (Ministry of Education), Department of Chemistry, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China.


1,3,5,7-Tetramethyl-8-butyrethylenediamine-difluoroboradiaza-s-indacene (TMBB-EDAN) has been designed and synthesized as a highly fluorescent labeling reagent for carboxylic acids. By using TMBB-EDAN, a sensitive and rapid method based on high performance liquid chromatography-fluorescence detection for the determination of twelve fatty acids (FAs) in bio-samples has been developed. Under optimized conditions, these FAs were tagged with TMBB-EDAN in the presence of 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethyla-minopropyl) carbodiamide at 20°C for 30min and then the baseline separation was achieved on a C18 column with a linear gradient elution in 26min. With fluorescence detection at λex/λem=490nm/510nm, the linear ranges of FAs were from 3.0 to 300nM and the detection limits with a signal-to-noise ratio of 3 were in the 0.2-0.4nM range. The proposed method offers advantages of milder derivatization condition and much better sensitivity for the determination of FAs, when compared to the reported fluorescence derivatization-based methods.

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