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J Chromatogr B Biomed Sci Appl. 1998 Sep 4;714(2):119-26.

Enantioselective multidimensional gas chromatography-mass spectrometry in the analysis of urinary organic acids.

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Institut für Lebensmittelchemie, Biozentrum J.W. Goethe-Universität, Biozentrum, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.


Enantioselective multidimensional gas chromatography-mass spectrometry is a valuable tool for the enantioselective analysis of compounds from complex matrices. Samples are separated initially on a precolumn and selected substances then transferred on-line to a main-column coated with suitable chiral stationary phase for enantioselective analysis with subsequent mass selective detection. In this paper the method is used as an adjunct to urinary organic acid analysis to provide information in patients with suspected inborn errors of metabolism. Lactic acid, alpha-hydroxyisocaproic acid, 3-phenyllactic acid and 3-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-lactic acid are separated in a single run. In addition, the enantioselective analysis of pyroglutamic acid is presented. D-Enantiomers of amino acids and alpha-hydroxycarboxylic acids derived from amino acids, point to a bacterial origin whereas the L-enantiomer is predominantly of endogenous origin. Therefore the enantiomeric ratio of chiral metabolites is an important parameter for the understanding of metabolic processes.

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