Capillary liquid chromatography/electrospray mass spectrometry for analysis of steroid sulfates in biological samples

Liu, S., Griffiths, W.J. and Sjovall, J. (2003) Capillary liquid chromatography/electrospray mass spectrometry for analysis of steroid sulfates in biological samples. Analytical Chemistry, 75 . pp. 1022-1030. 10.1021/ac0262154.

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DOI: 10.1021/ac0262154


Capillary Liquid Chromatography/Electrospray Mass Spectrometry for Analysis of Steroid Sulfates in Biological Samples Suya Liu,* William J. Griffiths, and Jan Sjövall Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, Karolinska Institutet, SE-171 77 Stockholm, Sweden Received for review October 8, 2002. Accepted December 11, 2002. Abstract: A new procedure for capillary liquid chromatography-electrospray (CLC-ES) mass spectrometry is described. Using this procedure, coupling of a CLC column to a low-flow-rate ES interface is made simple. A 5-cm precolumn and a 35-cm analytical column, both fused-silica capillaries with an i.d. of 100 m and packed with 3-m octadecylsilane-bonded material, are coupled in series to a sheathless ES emitter. One solvent splitter is positioned between the loop injector and the precolumn, and a second, between the precolumn and the analytical column. By opening and closing the splitters in the appropriate order, this arrangement permits the injection of 1-20 L of sample solution with analyte focusing onto the top of the precolumn, followed by isocratic or gradient elution at a flow rate of 0.2-0.3 L/min through the analytical column. The relative standard deviation of the retention times of reference compounds was <3.5% (n = 5). The potential of the system in metabolome analysis, in which numerous isomeric compounds will require identification, is illustrated by the application of the system to the analysis of steroid sulfates in plasma.

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Journal or Publication Title:Analytical Chemistry
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Deposited On:17 Jan 2007
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