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Measurement of Sulfur-Containing Compounds Involved in the Metabolism and Transport of Cysteamine and Cystamine. Regional Differences in Cerebral Metabolism

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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


An HPLC method with coulometric detection is presented for the quantitation of cysteamine, cystamine, thialysine, glutathione, glutathione disulfide and an oxidized metabolite of thialysine [S-(2-aminoethyl)-L-cysteine ketimine decarboxylated dimer (AECK-DD)]. The advantage of coulometric detection is that derivatization is unnecessary if the analyte is redox sensitive. The method was used to quantitate several sulfur-containing compounds in plasma and brain following gavage feeding of cysteamine to rats. Cysteamine, cystamine, thialysine and AECK-DD were detected in the brains of these animals. Interestingly, cysteamine treatment resulted in greatly elevated levels of cerebral methionine, despite the fact that cysteamine is not a precursor of methionine.


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Originally published in Journal of Chromatography.B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jchromb.2009.05.041