Selective extraction and determination of vitamin B12 in urine by ionic liquid-based aqueous two-phase system prior to high-performance liquid chromatography.
ABSTRACT A rapid and simple extraction technique based on aqueous two-phase system (ATPS) was developed for separation and enrichment of vitamin B(12) in urine samples. The proposed ATPS-based method involves the application of the hydrophilic ionic liquid (IL) 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride and K(2)HPO(4). After the extraction procedure, the vitamin B(12)-enriched IL upper phase was directly injected into the high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) system for analysis. All variables influencing the IL-based ATPS approach (e.g., the composition of ATPS, pH and temperature values) were evaluated. The average extraction efficiency was 97% under optimum conditions. Only 5.0 mL of sample and a single hydrolysis/deproteinization/extraction step were required, followed by direct injection of the IL-rich upper phase into HPLC system for vitamin B(12) determination. A detection limit of 0.09 μg mL(-1), a relative standard deviation (RSD) of 4.50% (n=10) and a linear range of 0.40-8.00 μg mL(-1) were obtained. The proposed green analytical procedure was satisfactorily applied to the analysis of samples with highly complex matrices, such as urine. Finally, the IL-ATPS technique could be considered as an efficient tool for the water-soluble vitamin B(12) extraction.
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ABSTRACT: Ionic liquids (ILs) are novel solvents that display a number of unique properties, such as negligible vapor pressure, thermal stability (even at high temperatures), favorable viscosity, and miscibility with water and organic solvents. These properties make them attractive alternatives to environmentally unfriendly solvents that produce volatile organic compounds. In this article, a critical review of state-of-the-art developments in the use of ILs for the separation and preconcentration of bioanalytes in biological samples is presented. Special attention is paid to the determination of various organic and inorganic analytes-including contaminants (e.g., pesticides, nicotine, opioids, gold, arsenic, lead, etc.) and functional biomolecules (e.g., testosterone, vitamin B12, hemoglobin)-in urine, blood, saliva, hair, and nail samples. A brief introduction to modern microextraction techniques based on ILs, such as dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (DLLME) and single-drop microextraction (SDME), is provided. A comparison of IL-based methods in terms of their limits of detection and environmental compatibilities is also made. Finally, critical issues and challenges that have arisen from the use of ILs in separation and preconcentration techniques are also discussed.Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 05/2013; · 3.66 Impact Factor