Silvia Bartesaghi

Azienda Ospedaliera Fatebenefratelli e Oftalmico Milano, Incino, Lombardy, Italy

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    ABSTRACT: Identification of homocystinuric newborns is hindered by the pitfalls of neonatal screening programs. We propose a fluorimetric HPLC method with a rapid pre-analytical step for homocysteine determination from neonatal dried blood spot cards. Homocysteine in blood spots sampled among 2000 healthy newborns on living day 4, averaged 2.92+/-2.07 microM (range 0.4-7.5). In eight homocystinuric control children, mean values were 61.71+/-52.84 microM (range 18.9-145.7). The method showed a good linearity (r=0.999), precision (RSD<7%) and recovery (95%). The correlation between blood spots and plasma samples was r=0.90. This method has all the essential features for a homocystinuria screening program: an easy and rapid pre-analytical step combined with method linearity and precision.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2003 · Journal of Chromatography B
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    ABSTRACT: Total plasma homocysteine (tHcy) in children may be an useful biochemical marker for genetic risk of premature cardiovascular disease. We reported a rapid, isocratic HPLC method able to process very small amount of newborn plasma samples. A blood sample from heel capillary circulation was collected, using a heparinized capillary glass tube. Plasma sample from 1 to 10 microl was derivatized with ammonium-7-fluorobenzo-2-oxa-1,3-diazole-4-sulphonate after reduction with tri-n-butylphosphine and analyzed on Discovery C18 column, with a solution of acetonitrile-dihydrogenphosphate 0.1 M (8:92 v/v pH*2.1). This assay ensures a good recovery (95%), precision (CV 4.5%) and linearity (y=2.41x + 0.31, r=1). Due to its simplicity and reliability, our method is suitable for routine analysis of tHcy and other aminothiols (Cys, Cys-Gly, GSH) assessed for clinical and research purposes. With this HPLC method we have assayed tHcy levels in 1400 apparently healthy newborn babies (tHcy mean value=4.9+/-2.7 microM). In conclusion, this accurate and linear HPLC method allows measurement of tHcy in newborn during the routinary capillary blood collection in the fourth living day without any other invasive procedure.
    No preview · Article · Apr 2001 · Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
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    ABSTRACT: Homocystinuria, due to a deficiency of cystationine-beta-synthase, refers to the rare inborn error of the metabolism of homocysteine. The identification and prompt treatment of homocystinuria during the neonatal period can prevent or greatly reduce the severity of the clinical consequences. We report a new method for homocystinuria diagnosis from dried blood spots on newborn screening cards, based on high-performance liquid chromatography with electrochemical coulometric array detection. This method shows an excellent linearity (y=10.36x+0.04; r=0.999), precision (RSDs ranged from 2.7 to 5.8%), recovery (87%) and appears to be a cost-effective approach, being simple, rapid, sensitive and cheap.
    Preview · Article · Nov 2000 · Journal of Chromatography A
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    ABSTRACT: Hyperhomocysteinemia is an independent risk factor for atherosclerosis and vascular occlusive disease. Assessment of total plasma concentration of homocysteine (tHcys) requires accurate and reproducible measurements. The aim of this study was to test a rapid isocratic HPLC method for tHcys analysis with an internal standard (I.S.) of alpha-mercaptopropionylglycine (MPG), 2-mercaptoethylamine (ME), or N-acetylcysteine (NAC) or without I.S., and to verify whether the use of an I.S. improves the precision. The method without I.S. showed an excellent linearity (y = 1.59x - 0.15, r = 1), recovery (100%) and a within-assay relative standard deviation (R.S.D.) of 1.2%. Instead, in our hands, the presence of I.S.s decreased the reproducibility (within-assay R.S.D. ranged from 4.5 to 6.5%) and lengthened the chromatogram by up to four to five times. In conclusion, HPLC measurement of plasma tHcys without I.S. improves accuracy with respect to determination with I.S.; moreover, this approach allows to routinely process larger amounts of plasma samples.
    No preview · Article · Jan 1999 · Journal of Chromatography A