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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Identification and determination of 1-methylimidazole-4-acetic acid in human cerebrospinal fluid by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.

A method for the quantification of 1-methylimidazole-4-acetic acid in human CSF was developed. Methylimidazole-acetic acid was identified and quantitated in CSF. The method involves concentration of the compound on a cation exchanger, extraction of the methyl ester with ethyl acetate, and preparation of a heptafluorobutyryl derivate of the methyl ester, which is finally purified by chromatography on silica gel and quantitated by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry with the deuterated analogue as internal standard. The coefficient of variation at 1 ng/ml was 13%. The limit of sensitivity was about 0.2 ng/ml. The concentration of methylimidazole-acetic acid in lumbar CSF from healthy volunteers was below 1 ng/ml. Ventricular CSF contained higher concentrations than lumbar fluid. The existence of a rostrocaudal concentration gradient was established. There was a correlation between the concentration of methylimidazole-acetic acid and tele-methylhistamine in CSF. The concentration of methylimidazole-acetic acid in lumbar CSF from schizophrenic patients, patients with subarachnoidal haemorrhage, or patients with rheumatic disease was in the range of that in healthy volunteers.[1]


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