The rapid separation and quantitative determination of per-O-benzoyl oligosaccharides were obtained using high performance, liquid chromatography. Oligosaccharides were completely O-benzoylated without concomitant N-benzoylation of acetamidodeoxyhexoses. Benzoylation prior to analysis allowed a quantitative determination of picomolar amounts because the absorbance at 230 nm of these derivatives is directly proportional to the number of benzoyl groups present. Separation by normal and reversed-phase chromatography was demonstrated, and the best resolution was obtained on an Ultrasphere octyl column. Excellent separations of oligosaccharides containing up to 10 sugar residues present in mannosidosis urine and of malto-oligosaccharides containing up to 15 sugar residues present in Karo syrup were achieved within an analysis time of 30 min. Anomers of maltose, maltotriose, and maltotetraose were separated; for this reason, reduction of complex samples prior to analysis is advisable. The effect of linkage configuration on retention time was tested with reduced, α-linked di- and tri-glucopyranosides. The presence of an acetamidodeoxyhexose residue in an oligosaccharide significantly reduced its retention time, whereas branching had the opposite effect. A linear response was obtained for the injection of 1–600 pmol of raffinose, and the detection limit was 0.5 pmol. Derivatization and analysis of raffinose was shown to yield reproducible results within the range 0.01–1 μmol, and, with special precautions to minimize losses, as little as 100 pmol could be analyzed successfully.
"After incubation for 2 h at room temperature, 1 mL of the liquid was centrifuged (13,000 rpm, 10 min, 4°C). The supernatant (100 μL) was evaporated to dryness (under N 2 ), and the fractionated sugars were analyzed by permethylation (Daniel et al 1981). Permethylation was done by benzoylating sugars in pyridine containing 10% (w/v) benzoic anhydride and 5% (w/v) 4-dimethylaminopyridine as a catalyst for 16 h at 37°C. "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Little is known regarding the impact of elevated [CO2] on the chemical composition of rice grains. A field experiment was conducted using open-top chambers with rice (Oryza sativa L. cv. Ariete) grown at two levels of atmospheric CO2 (375 and 550 µmol/mol), and their effects monitored on the proximate composition and carbohydrate contents of the grains. Following exposure to elevated [CO2], soluble dietary fibers increased by 136%, 82%, and 77% in the brown rice, white rice, and bran, respectively. Increases of a lower magnitude (8%) were observed for insoluble dietary fibers in the bran and brown rice. For all ten sugars identified, there was a trend for increasing their content. For example, increases of 135% were recorded for glucose in the white rice. In all rice milling fractions, elevated [CO2] reduced the protein (4%–15%) and amylose (6%–16%) contents, with no effect on the ash, starch and gross energy contents. The fat content was increased by elevated [CO2] in the white rice (23%) and tended to decrease in the bran (9%). It is concluded that besides yield, increased dietary fibers might be another positive effect of high levels of atmospheric CO2 expected by the middle of the current century.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Inborn errors of metabolism often cause neurological dysfunction. These disorders are most common in childhood, but adult-onset forms with a different clinical presentation are encountered, examples being Pompe disease, Tay-Sachs disease, metachromatic leukodystrophy, Gaucher disease, and Maroteaux-Lamy disease. In the evaluation of a patient with a possible inborn error of metabolism, simple screening tests may aid in the diagnosis and provide direction for more comprehensive laboratory analysis. In most cases, diagnosis can be established without a brain biopsy through biochemical and ultrastructural analysis of peripheral tissues, blood, and urine. New clinical, genetic, and biochemical variants of inherited metabolic disorders are being recognized through wider application of screening tests, improved specificity of laboratory analysis, cell complementation experiments, and the identification of enzyme activator factors. Accurate diagnosis is important for medical management, determining prognosis, and genetic counseling.
Annals of Neurology 03/1982; 11(3):221-32. DOI:10.1002/ana.410110302 · 9.98 Impact Factor
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