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Anal Biochem. 2000 Jul 15;283(1):77-82.

Determination of catechins in human urine subsequent to tea ingestion by high-performance liquid chromatography with electrochemical detection.

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Institute of Chinese Materia Medica, Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Beijing.


The title determination was conducted by HPLC with electrochemical detection using an ODS column and a mobile phase of acetonitrile: 0.1 M phosphate buffer (pH 2.5) (15:85, v/v). The eight catechins, gallocatechin (GC), epigallocatechin (EGC), catechin (C), epicatechin (EC), epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg), gallocatechin gallate (GCg), epicatechin gallate (ECg), and catechin gallate (Cg), were detected at 0.6 V vs Ag/AgCl. Good linear relationships between current and amount were noted for 0.5-250 pmol of each catechin, with a correlation coefficient of 0.999 in each case. The detection limit for any one was 0.5 pmol (signal to noise ratio, S/N = 3). After the ingestion of 340 ml canned green tea, GC, EGC, C, and EC, mostly in conjugated form, were determined in urine samples. Conjugated catechins were hydrolyzed by enzymes using sulfatase and beta-glucuronidase. The time courses of the above four catechins showed a maxima at 1-3 h after tea ingestion. (+), (-)-EC and (+), (-)-C were present in canned tea.

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