A capillary electrophoretic method with indirect UV detection is described for simultaneous determination of ammonia, dimethylamine (DMA), trimethylamine (TMA) and trimethylamine-N- oxide (TMAO) in aqueous extracts of fish, A buffer consisting of 4 mM formic acid, 5 mM copper(II)sulfate and 3 mM crown ether 18-crown-6 enabled separation of the analytes in 5-10 min. The use of an extended light path capillary technique resulted in a good sensitivity and repeatability. The linear dynamic range, based on a hydrostatic injection at 50 mbar for 2 s, was from the detection limit to at least 2.5 mM. The detection limit for ammonia, DMA, TMA, and TMAO was less than 0.04 mM, corresponding to 2 mg nitrogen per 100 g fish. As an extra benefit, the method also provided a quantitative determination of potassium, sodium, calcium and magnesium ions. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
|Publication status||Published - 2002|