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Hu X.,China National Rice Research Institute | Hu X.,Zhejiang University | Hu X.,Laboratory of Quality and oSafety Risk Assessment for Rice Hangzhou | Dong Y.,Zhejiang University | And 4 more authors.
Journal of Chromatography B: Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences | Year: 2015

A highly integrated polystyrene (PS) microfluidic chip coupled to electrospray ionization mass spectrometry for on-chip protein digestion and online analysis was developed. The immobilized enzymatic microreactor for on-chip protein digestion was integrated onto microchip via the novel method of region-selective UV-modification combined with glutaraldehyde-based immobilization. The micro film electric contact for applying high voltage was prepared on chips by using UV-directed electroless plating technique. A micro-tip was machined at the end of main channel, serving as the interface between microchip and mass spectrometric detector. On-chip digestion and online detection of protein was carried out by coupling the microchip with mass spectrometry (MS). The influences of methanol flow rate in side channel on the stability of spray and intensity of signals were investigated systematically. Also the influence of sample flow rate on the performance of immobilized enzymatic reactor were investigated. Stable spray was obtained at the spray voltage of 2.8-3.0kV and the methanol flow rate of 500-700nLmin-1 with the relative standard deviation (RSD) of total ion current (TIC) less than 10%. The influence of sample flow rate on the performance of immobilized enzymatic reactor was also studied. The sequence coverage of protein identification decreased with the increase of flow rate of the sample solution. A sequence coverage of 96% was obtained with immobilized enzymatic reactor at the sample flow rate of 100nLmin-1 with the reaction time of 8.4min. It could detect cytochrome c as low as 10μgmL-1 with the developed system. No obvious decrease in protein digestion efficiency was observed after the chip continuously performed for 4h and stored for 15d. © 2015 Elsevier B.V. Source


Cao Z.-Y.,China National Rice Research Institute | Cao Z.-Y.,Laboratory of Quality and oSafety Risk Assessment for Rice Hangzhou | Sun L.-H.,Zhejiang Academy of Medical science | Mou R.-X.,China National Rice Research Institute | And 7 more authors.
Journal of Chromatography B: Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences | Year: 2015

Analysis of biothiols is still problematic, due to their high polarity, oxidation sensitivity and time-consuming sample preparation. In this paper, a direct, rapid and sensitive method was developed for simultaneous quantification of unbound cysteine (Cys), glutathione (GSH) and phytochelatins (PCs) in rice leaf, stem and root samples by hydrophilic interaction chromatography coupled with electrospray tandem mass spectrometry (HILIC-MS/MS). Homogenized samples were extracted with water containing 50mM dithiothreitol, without derivatization and further clean-up, and the extracts were injected directly onto an Xbridge Amide-HILIC column (3.5μm, 150mm×2.1mm i.d.). The best chromatographic separation and MS sensitivity was achieved using a linear gradient elution with 10mM aqueous ammonium formate and acetonitrile as the mobile phase. In MS/MS mode the detection limit (S/N≥3) of seven biothiols was 3-105nM. Good linearities were observed (r>0.995) with linear dynamic range at least over three orders of magnitude. Recoveries for most analytes were within the range of 77-128%, with relative standard deviations less than 18.2%. The intra-day precision (n=7) was 6.1-11.7%, and the inter-day precision over 15 d (n=15) was 8.5-16.3% for all biothiols. The optimized HILIC-MS/MS method was applied to study the influence of different cadmium (Cd) concentrations (0, 1 and 50μM) on contents of Cys, GSH and PC2-6 in rice tissue. With increasing Cd concentrations in nutrient solutions, contents of PC2-4 in rice roots increased but contents of Cys and GSH decreased. Contents of PC2-4 in both rice leafs and stems increased markedly at high dose Cd (50μM) treatment compared with controls, compared with low Cd concentrations (1μM). However, both PC5 and PC6 were not detected throughout the stress experiment. © 2014 Elsevier B.V. Source

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