A shortcut from plasma to chromatographic analysis: Straightforward and fast sample preparation for analysis of green tea catechins in human plasma
Author: Benno F. Zimmermann and Menelaos Papagiannopoulos and Sonja Brachmann and Mario Lorenz and Verena Stangl and Rudolf Galensa
This paper describes a new and straightforward method for determination of the green tea catechins epicatechin, epicatechin gallate, epigallocatechin, and epigallocatechin gallate in human plasma. Sample preparation includes addition only of dimethylformamide and trichloroacetic acid. After centrifugation, the supernatant can be injected into the HPLC. If required, the glucuronides and sulphates of the catechins can be enzymatically hydrolysed before extraction. Recovery ranges from 92.9 to 98.2%; limits of detection, from 2.4 to 5.0 ng/mL; and relative standard deviations, from 3.1 to 8.6%. Twelve samples can be processed within 45 min, and are then ready to be injected into the HPLC. The method was successfully applied to human plasma. This method is suitable for studies on absorption, bioavailability, and kinetics of green tea catechins in plasma. Since manual work and time consumption are minimal, the procedure is especially useful for large numbers of samples.