We developed a sensitive and specific liquid chromatography-electrospray mass spectrometric (HPLC-ESI-MS) assay for the simultaneous determination of reduced and oxidized glutathione (GSH and GSSG) in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC). Following derivatization with N-ethylmaleimide to prevent GSH auto-oxidation, addition of thiosalicylic acid as internal standard, and protein precipitation with cold acetonitrile, the samples were injected into a diol column, eluted with acetonitrile-1% aqueous acetic acid (25:75) and detected by the ESI-MS system. The optimized method exhibited a good detection limit for both analytes (0.01 and 0.05 μM for GSH and GSSG, respectively). Good linearity was reached in the 0.01-20 μM range for GSH and 0.05-20 μM for GSSG. The mean recoveries of GSH and GSSG were 98.5-100.6% and 105.8-111.5%, respectively. The run-to-run repeatability for retention time and peak area was RSD% 0.06 and 1.75 for GSH and 0.18 and 2.50 for GSSG. The optimized method was applied to GSH and GSSG assay in PBMC analyzing 20 healthy individuals.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Journal of Chromatography B: Biomedical Sciences and Applications|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 5 2001|
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