postcolumn reaction detection
amino acid racemization
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
The kinetics of the reaction of the amino acid epimers L-isoleucine, D-alloisoleucine, L-threonine, and D-allo-threonine with o-phthaldialdehyde and mercaptoethanol were determined at 25°C. L-Isoleucine reacts faster than its D-epimer whereas L-threonine reacts slightly slower than its D-epimer. In the case of isoleucine, the consequence can be an allo/iso ratio which in the worst case is 25% too low if these amino acids are quantified by liquid chromatography and o-phthaldialdehyde fluorescence detection. The effect on dating of fossils by amino acid racemization is discussed.
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