CE-MS for the Analysis of Amino Acids
Amino acids play an important role in clinical analysis. Capillary electrophoresis-electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry (CE-ESI-MS) has proven to possess several characteristics that make it a powerful and useful tool for the analysis of amino acids in clinical studies. Here we present a method for the separation and quantitative analysis of 27 amino acids in urine based on CE-ESI-MS. The method presents an improved resolution between the isomers Leu, Ile, and aIle, in comparison to other CE-ESI-MS methods in the literature. This method is fast, selective, and simple and has improved sensitivity by applying a pH-mediated stacking strategy, showing that it can be successfully used for amino acid analysis and probably for other small cationic metabolites.
Key wordsCapillary electrophoresis Mass spectrometry Electrospray ionization Amino acids analysis Targeted metabolomics Urine
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