Journal of chromatography. B, Analytical technologies in the biomedical and life sciences

Development of analytical method for catechol compounds in mouse urine using hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography with fluorescence detection.

PMID 25682335


An analytical method for catecholamines and related compounds using hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC) with native fluorescence detection has been developed. We found that ZIC-cHILIC with phosphorylcholine was suitable for the separation of catechol compounds with good peak shapes among six different HILIC columns (Inertsil SIL, Inertsil Amide, Inertsil Diol, TSKgel NH2-100, ZIC-HILIC, and ZIC-cHILIC). Using ZIC-cHILIC, eight catechol compounds (dopamine, epinephrine, norepinephrine, 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine, 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid, 3,4-dihydroxyphenylglycol, 3,4-dihydroxymandelic acid, and internal standard 3,4-dihydroxybenzylamine) were separated within 15min. The limit of detection at a signal to noise ratio of 3 was 3-28nM. An improved sensitivity was obtained as compared to that of reversed-phase liquid chromatography. This was partly attributed to the increase in the fluorescence intensity of the catechol compounds in the acetonitrile-rich mobile phase. Solid phase extraction using a monolithic silica disk-packed spin column with phenylboronate moieties, which have affinity to catechol compounds, was performed for the selective extraction of catechol compounds from mouse urine. Dopamine, epinephrine, norepinephrine, 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine, and 3,4-dihydroxyphenylglycol were successfully quantified in mouse urine.