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J Chromatogr A. 2013 Jun 28;1296:111-8. doi: 10.1016/j.chroma.2013.03.019. Epub 2013 Mar 26.

Novel chiral derivatization reagents possessing a pyridylthiourea structure for enantiospecific determination of amines and carboxylic acids in high-throughput liquid chromatography and electrospray-ionization mass spectrometry for chiral metabolomics identification.

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Laboratory of Analytical and Bio-Analytical Chemistry, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Shizuoka, 52-1 Yada, Suruga-ku, Shizuoka 422-8526, Japan.

Abstract

This paper reports the synthesis and the application of novel derivatization reagents possessing a pyridylthiourea structure for the enantiospecific determination of chiral amines and carboxylic acids in high-throughput LC-ESI-MS/MS. The novel reagents, i.e., (R)-N-(3-pyridylthiocarbamoyl)pyrrolidine-2-carboxylic acid (PyT-C) and (S)-3-amino-1-(3-pyridylthiocarbamoyl)pyrrolidine (PyT-N), were evaluated as chiral derivatization reagents for the enantiomeric determination of chiral amines and carboxylic acids, respectively, in terms of separation efficiency by reversed-phase chromatography and detection sensitivity by ESI-MS/MS. The chiral amines and carboxylic acids were easily labeled with PyT-C and PyT-N, respectively, at 60°C in 60min in the presence of 2,2'-dipyridyl disulfide (DPDS) and triphenylphosphine (TPP) as the activation reagents. The resulting diastereomers were completely separated by reversed-phase chromatography using a small particle (1.7μm) ODS column (Rs=3.54-6.00 for carboxylic acids and Rs=3.07-4.75 for amines). A highly sensitive detection at the sub-fmol level was also obtained from the SRM chromatograms at a single monitoring ion, m/z 137.0 (0.72-1.46fmol for carboxylic acids and 0.55-1.89fmol for amines). The proposed procedure using PyT-C and PyT-N was applied to the determination of chiral amines and carboxylic acids spiked into human saliva, as a model study of chiral metabonomics identification. dl-Amino acid methyl esters and N-acetyl dl-amino acids, which are the representatives as the chiral amines and carboxylic acids, in the saliva were clearly identified by the present method. Because the same product ion at m/z 137.0 was obtained from collision-induced dissociation (CID) of protonated molecular ions of all the derivatives, the proposed procedure using both reagents (i.e., PyT-C and PyT-N) seems to be useful for chiral metabolomics identification having selected functional groups (i.e., amines and carboxylic acids).

PMID:
23582770
DOI:
10.1016/j.chroma.2013.03.019
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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