Analysis of pyridine dinucleotides in cultured rat hepatocytes by high-performance liquid chromatography

Marc R. Litt, James J. Potter, Esteban Mezey, Mack C. Mitchell

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An isocratic reverse-phase high-performance liquid chromatography method for the separation and quantitation of total pyridine dinucleotides in hepatocyte cultures is described. Cells are extracted with cold 3 m perchloric acid or 0.5 n sodium hydroxide containing 50% ( v v) ethanol and 35% cesium chloride for the determination of the oxidized or reduced pyridine dinucleotides, respectively. Pyridine dinucleotides in the neutralized extracts were separated on an Excellopak ODS C18 (4.6 × 150 mm) column with 0.1 m potassium phosphate, pH 6.0, containing 3.75% methanol as the mobile phase. NAD+ and NADP+ were detected spectrophotometrically at 254 nm. The response was linear from 5 to 4000 pmol with recoveries of NAD+ and NADP+ of 98 and 101.1%, respectively. NADH and NADPH were monitored fluorometrically by activation at 370 nm and emission in the 400-700 nm range. The reduced pyridine dinucleotides had a linear response from 7.5 to 60 pmol with recoveries of NADH and NADPH of 99.4 and 101.3%, respectively. The coefficients of variation for all of the pyridine dinucleotide standards were less than 3.5%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-36
Number of pages3
JournalAnalytical biochemistry
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 15 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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