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Fast and accurate determination of L-arginine and its methylated metabolites in biological fluids by HPLC-tandem mass spectrometry

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Nitric oxide (NO) is synthesized in endothelial cells from the substrate arginine (ARG) by the enzyme endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS). The production rate of NO is a key factor for endothelial and cardiovascular functions. eNOS is inhibited by the endogenous arginine metabolite asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA). Consequently, an increased concentration level of ADMA and especially an increased ADMA/ARG ratio leads to deficiency in endothelial NO production and a subsequent loss in endothelial functionality. This is the case in many diseases such as renal insufficiency or diabetes mellitus. In this context, the determination of ARG and ADMA to identify cardiovascular risks becomes more and more important. Here we present a fast and accurate method to quantify ARG and ADMA together with its structurally related compound symmetric dimethylarginine (SDMA), utilizing isotope dilution two stage mass spectrometry.  

Advantages  
  • Method is rugged
  • No matrix effect on arginine and ADMA due to the use of isotopic labeled internal standards
  • Method is selective
  • No interference from endogenous substances
  • No cross-talk between ADMA and SDMA or between the internal standards and the analytes
  • Method is fast
  • Only minimal sample preparation efforts
  • Fast chromatography
Commercialization  

We are seeking to establish collaboration and licensing relationships to develop this exciting technology.  

Patent  

Patent granted in DE, EP and US.

Schlagworte

ADMA, Arg, ITS, LC, LC-MS/MS, MS, NO, SDMA, arginine, asymmetric dimethylarginine, determination, hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, renal insufficiency, symmetric dimethylarginine, tandem mass spectrometry

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