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Amino Acids. 2012 May;42(5):1889-95. doi: 10.1007/s00726-011-0910-6. Epub 2011 Apr 21.

A simple method for the analysis by MS/MS of underivatized amino acids on dry blood spots from newborn screening.

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Chang Chun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun, 130022, People's Republic of China.


The analysis by electrospray-ionization tandem mass spectrometry of amino acids with butyl esterification and isotopically labeled internal standard is routine in newborn screening laboratories worldwide. In the present study, we established a direct analysis method of higher accuracy that uses a non-deuterated internal standard. The automatic sampler and the pump of an LC apparatus were used to inject sample and mobile phase to MS, but no LC column was needed. The dry blood spot (DBS) material was prepared at levels of low, medium and high concentration; the running time was 1 min. In parallel to the new procedure, we applied the established method to analyze nine amino acids on DBS of healthy newborns and phenylketonuria newborns. The newly proposed method of product ion confirmation scan along with multiple reaction monitoring resulted in a very accurate identification of each amino acid. Our innovative protocol had high sensitivity and specificity in the analysis of cases of suspected metabolic diseases.

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