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Anal Biochem. 2004 Sep 15;332(2):280-4.

Interlaboratory comparison trial on cylindrospermopsin measurement.

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Department of Hygienic Water Biology, National Institute of Environmental Health, P.O. Box 26, Budapest H-1450, Hungary.


The hepatotoxin cylindrospermopsin (CYN) is a potent inhibitor of protein synthesis in mammalian cells. It is produced by freshwater cyanobacterial blooms in countries such as Australia, the United States, Israel, Thailand, and Brazil. An interlaboratory comparison was organized as a first step to evaluate the measurement of CYN in lyophilized cyanobacterial cells. Six laboratories from Europe, Israel, and Australia participated in the trial. All of the methods used for extraction of the toxin and the high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analysis were satisfactory on the basis of statistical evaluation, according to ISO standards 5725-1 and -2. Further comparison of all the extraction methods by the organizer indicated that the most effective extraction procedure used 5% formic acid to prevent interference in chromatograms by contaminant compounds when analyzed using HPLC employing isocratic conditions of 5% (v/v) aqueous methanol plus 0.1% (v/v) trifluoroacetic acid as the mobile phase.

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