LC/MS Ultra Fast Amino Acid Analysis System
Analyze 38 amino acid components in just nine minutes!
Two major problems exist with traditional amino acid analysis techniques. The first technique (ion-exchange chromatography with postcolumn derivatization) allows many components to be analyzed at once but the method run times are long. The second technique (reverse-phase HPLC with pre-column derivatization) enables faster analysis but the number of analyzed components is limited. As a result, chemists are forced to make a decision to either analyze a large number of components or have a fast method.
UF-Amino Station overcomes these limitations. Jointly developed by Shimadzu and Ajinomoto Co., Inc., it features a special-purpose, fast analysis column and a LCMS-2020 mass spectrometer, which supports ultra-fast analysis speeds, to achieve the simultaneous analysis of 38 amino acid and amino acid-related components* in just nine minutes. Additionally, it automates the derivatization reaction to eliminate the need for cumbersome pretreatment procedures by manual operation.
UF-Amino Station is an excellent tool for the analysis of food products, such as meat and fermented foods containing many impurity components, and for the biochemical analysis of culture fluid.
* Permits the analysis of 38 amino acid-related components, such as anserine, citrulline, taurine, and GABA (γ-aminobutyric acid), in addition to the 20 major amino acid components.
The combination of a special-purpose, fast-analysis column and LC/MS allows for shorter analysis times than conventional techniques.
A fully automated derivatization can occur by using an autosampler to automatically pretreat the sample, eliminating concerns about human error during the derivatization process.
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