Author(s): Achilli G, Perego C, Ponzio F
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Abstract A new HPLC assay technique for monoamines and their metabolites, using a controlled potential coulometric detector equipped with a dual working electrode cell of fully porous graphite through which the samples flow, is described in comparison with a classical amperometric detector equipped with a glassy carbon electrode. Different potentials can be applied at each cell of the coulometric detector to improve sample resolution and detection sensitivity. The signal-to-noise ratio (s/n) calculated in similar conditions was 10 times lower for the coulometric detector than for the amperometric one. The dual-coulometric detector does not undergo daily decay or variation, and needs no particular care or preparation. It is therefore possible to achieve stable routine sensitivity in a range of 10 fmol. This new technique has been applied for assaying monoamines and their precursors and metabolites by direct injection of clear supernatant after centrifugation and for determination of catecholamine turnover in rat pineal gland and neuro- and adenohypophysis in samples purified by Al2O3 adsorption.
This article was published in Anal Biochem
and referenced in Journal of Chromatography & Separation Techniques