Hydrophobic labeling of amino acids: Transient trapping-capillary/microchip electrophoresis

Kenji Sueyoshi, Kota Hashiba, Takayuki Kawai, Fumihiko Kitagawa, Koji Otsuka

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Transient trapping (tr-trapping) was developed as one of the on-line sample preconcentration techniques to improve a low concentration-sensitivity in microchip electrophoresis (MCE), providing highly effective preconcentration and separation based on the trap-and-release mechanism. However, a poor performance to hydrophilic analytes limited the applicability of tr-trapping. To overcome this drawback, tr-trapping was combined with a sample labeling using a hydrophobic reagent in CE. Three commercially available fluorescent dyes, fluorescein isothiocyanate, succinimidyl esters of Alexa Fluor 488 and BODIPY FL-X, were tested as derivatization reagents to increase the hydrophobicity of amino acids (AAs) that were undetectable due to no fluorescence/UV-absorbance. As a result, it was confirmed that BODIPY labeling allowed various AAs to be analyzed in tr-trapping-micellar electrokinetic chromatography (tr-trapping-MEKC) by the increase in the hydrophobicity. In tr-trapping-MEKC, both the improvement of the resolution and 106-125-fold enhancements of the detectability of labeled AAs were achieved relative to the conventional capillary zone electrophoresis. The limit of detection of labeled phenylalanine was improved from 800 to 5pM by applying tr-trapping-MEKC. In tr-trapping-microchip MEKC, furthermore, an 80-160-fold enhancement of the peak intensity and a baseline separation was also achieved within 30s. These results clearly demonstrate that the tr-trapping technique with hydrophobic labeling will make CE/MCE more sensitive for various analytes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1233-1240
Number of pages8
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - May 2011
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Clinical Biochemistry


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