Accelerator mass spectrometry of small biological samples
2008 (English)In: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, ISSN 0951-4198, E-ISSN 1097-0231, Vol. 22, no 23, 3928-3934 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) is an ultra-sensitive technique for isotopic ratio measurements. In the biomedical field, AMS can be used to measure femtomolar concentrations of labeled drugs in body fluids, with direct applications in early drug development such as Microdosing. Likewise, the regenerative properties of cells which are of fundamental significance in stem-cell research can be determined with an accuracy of a few years by AMS analysis of human DNA. However, AMS nominally requires about 1 mg of carbon per sample which is not always available when dealing with specific body substances such as localized, organ-specific DNA samples. Consequently, it is of analytical interest to develop methods for the routine analysis of small samples in the range of a few tens of mu g. We have used a 5 MV Pelletron tandem accelerator to study small biological samples using AMS. Different methods are presented and compared. A 12 C-carrier sample preparation method is described which is potentially more sensitive and less susceptible to contamination than the standard procedures.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 22, no 23, 3928-3934 p.
Subatomic Physics Engineering and Technology
Research subject Ion Physics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-106986DOI: 10.1002/rcm.3808ISI: 000261506800028OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-106986DiVA: diva2:227530