J. Chrom. A 2006, 1111, 153 - 158.

Quantitation of nicotinamide and serotonin derivatives and detection of flavins in neuronal extracts using capillary electrophoresis with multiphoton-excited fluorescence

D. D. Wise and J. B. Shear

Capillary electrophoresis (CE) with multiphoton-excited fluorescence detection (CE-MPE) allows low-background analysis of spectrally distinct fluorophores using a single long-wavelength laser. Extracts were prepared from immortalized rat raphe nuclei neurons, and were analyzed by CE-MPE. Native fluorescence was detected from reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) and its phosphorylated form (NADPH), flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD), flavin mononucleotide (FMN), riboflavin, serotonin, and 5-hydroxytryptophan (5HTrp). Quantitation of exogenous serotonin (taken up by cells) and endogenous NADH and 5HTrp was possible using internal standards or standard addition. This system should be useful to study monamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

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