Analytical Sciences

Abstract − Analytical Sciences, 22(12), 1593 (2006).

Rapid Determination of Vitellogenin in Fish Plasma by Anion Exchange High Performance Liquid Chromatography Using Postcolumn Fluorescence Derivatization with o-Phthalaldehyde
Cuiqin WU, Dongxing YUAN, and Baomin LIU
State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science, Xiamen University, Xiamen, 361005, People's Republic of China
An analytical method involving anion exchange high performance liquid chromatographic determination of vitellogenin (Vtg) in fish plasma after postcolumn fluorescence derivatization with o-phthalaldehyde (OPA) was developed. The retention time of Vtg was about 11 min. The reagent variables for derivatization were optimized. The fluorophore was excited at 335 nm and detected at 435 nm. A calibration curve was established ranging from 0.13 to 11.28 µg. The determination limit of Vtg was found to be as low as 0.13 µg. The spiked recovery was 93.6% and interassay variability was less than 4%. The method developed was used to determine Vtg in fish plasma obtained from red sea bream (Pagrosomus major), black porgy (Sparus macrocephalus) and skew band grunt (Hapalogenys nitens), without complicated sample pretreatment. The results confirmed that the method showed advantages of being simple, rapid, reproducible and sensitive.