Title: Separation and quantification of 15 carotenoids by reversed phase high performance liquid chromatography coupled to diode array detection with isosbestic wavelength approach
Authors: MITROWSKA KamilaVINCENT UrsulaVON HOLST Christoph
Citation: JOURNAL OF CHROMATOGRAPHY A vol. 1233 p. 44-53
Publication Year: 2012
JRC N°: JRC66800
ISSN: 0021-9673
URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0021967312002282
DOI: 10.1016/j.chroma.2012.01.089
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The manuscript presents the development of a new reverse phase high performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC) photo diode array detection method allowing the separation and quantification of 15 carotenoids (adonirubin, adonixanthin, astaxanthin, astaxanthin dimethyl disuccinate, asteroidenone, beta-apo-8'-carotenal, beta-apo-8'-carotenoic acid ethyl ester, beta-carotene, canthaxanthin, capsanthin, citranaxanthin, echinenone, lutein, lycopene, and zeaxanthin), 10 of which are feed additives authorised within the European Union. The developed method allows for the reliable determination of the total carotenoid content in one run using the corresponding E-isomer as calibration standard while taking into account the E/Z-isomers composition. This is a key criterion for the application of the method, since for most of the analytes included in this study analytical standards are only available for the E-isomers. This goal was achieved by applying the isosbestic concept, in order to identify specific wavelengths, at which the absorption coefficients are identical for all stereoisomers concerned. The second target referred to the optimisation of the LC conditions. By means of an experimental design, an optimised RP-HPLC method was developed allowing for a sufficient chromatographic separation of all carotenoids. The selected method uses a Suplex pKb-100 HPLC column and applying a gradient with a mixture of acetonitrile, tert-butyl-methyl ether and water as mobile phases. The limits of detection and limits of quantification ranged from 0.06 mg L−1 to 0.14 mg L−1 and from 0.20 mg L−1 to 0.48 mg L−1, respectively.
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