ABSTRACT: A simple and reliable method was developed for the determination of serum copper and zinc in different chemical forms by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry (GFAAS) with ethanol-EDTA precipitation. The serum and ethanol were mixed with volume ratio 1 : 2. The mixture was incubated at 70 degrees C and ultra-centrifuged to precipitate proteins. Zinc and copper can be released from albumin after EDTA treating. Thus, macroglobulin-zinc, ceruloplasmin-copper, and albumin-bound zinc or copper could be determined by two proposed precipitation steps. The determination limit of copper (3sigma) was 1.2 microg x L(-1) and the recovery was 92.3%-104%, while the determination limit of zinc (3sigma) was 0.098 microg x L(-1), and the recovery was 90%-107%. This two-step precipitation method can be used to determine serum zinc and copper in various chemical forms in tumor, Wilson patients and heathy human.
Guang pu xue yu guang pu fen xi = Guang pu 03/2010; 30(3):816-9. · 0.84 Impact Factor