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Rapid on-column analysis of glucosamine and its mutarotation by microchip capillary electrophoresis.

A novel electrophoretic microchip method for analyzing alpha- and beta-d-glucosamine and their interconversion in solution is presented. d-Glucosamine is labeled with fluorescamine and analyzed by capillary electrophoresis in under 2min revealing its pH-dependent mutarotation between the alpha- and beta-anomers. The forward interconversion rates for the labeled sugars, based on an iterative analysis of the plateau heights between the peaks, are 0.72+/-0.09, 1.3+/-0.1, and 2.2+/-0.3x10(-3)s(-1) at pH 8.99, 9.51 and 10.01, respectively. In a separate experiment, the mutarotation of the unlabeled alpha-d-anomer was followed; the relative intensities of the alpha- and beta-peaks as a function of reaction time at pH 9.51 give a forward rate constant of 0.6+/-0.1x10(-3)s(-1). These results demonstrate that fast microchip separations, previously exploited for amine, amino acid, and nucleobase analysis, can also be used to analyze amino sugars and their mutarotation.[1]


  1. Rapid on-column analysis of glucosamine and its mutarotation by microchip capillary electrophoresis. Skelley, A.M., Mathies, R.A. Journal of chromatography. A. (2006) [Pubmed]
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