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Anal Biochem. 1995 Jul 1;228(2):312-7.

High-performance liquid chromatography analysis of oxidized and reduced pyridine dinucleotides in specific brain regions.

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Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology, School of Pharmacy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles 90033, USA.


An ultrasensitive HPLC method has been developed for measuring NADP+, NADPH, NAD+, and NADH. A simple, rapid reaction of the oxidized nucleotides with cyanide in basic solution leads to two stable fluorescent products and allows all four nucleotides to be separated and quantitated on one chromatogram. Furthermore, only one extraction is needed, rather than prior procedures which require one acid extraction (for oxidized species) and one basic extraction (for reduced species). This method is particularly useful in quantitating pyridine dinucleotides in rodent brain, where no current method is adequate to quantitate the small amounts contained in various brain regions. The assay is sensitive enough to measure individual brain regions down to 10 mg of tissue. Due to the involvement of NAD(P)H enzymatic systems in combating oxidative stress it is important to be able to assess levels regionally in brain diseases.

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