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Determination of an arsenosugar in oyster extracts by liquid chromatography-electrospray mass spectrometry and liquid chromatography-ultraviolet photo-oxidation-hydride generation atomic fluorescence spectrometry

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Abstract

HPLC-UV-HG-AFS analysis of aqueous extracts of oysters (Crassostrea gigas) taken from the southwestern Atlantic coast of Spain showed the presence of arsenite, arsenate, dimethylarsinic acid and an unidentified arsenic peak. Subsequent analysis of the oyster samples by LC-electrospray MS and comparison with four standard dimethylarsinoylribosides (arsenosugars), showed that the previously unidentified peak was an arsenosugar (arsenosugar 2). When the arsenosugar in the oyster was quantified using the two detection methods and external calibration with standard arsenosugar, there was a large discrepancy between the two sets of results. The LC-MS analysis was strongly affected by the sample matrix and gave concentrations 50% lower than those obtained by AFS detection. When the method of standard addition was applied to the LC-MS analysis, the results were comparable to the AFS data. The matrix effects were eliminated by subjecting the extract to a clean-up procedure with anion-exchange and gel permeation preparative chromatography before the LC-MS analysis. The arsenosugars gave a small signal without photo-oxidation when they were analysed by HPLC-HG-AFS. Possibly this resulted from partial decomposition of the arsenosugar to dimethylarsinic acid under the acidic conditions employed in the hydride generation step.

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The article was received on 20 Aug 2001, accepted on 16 Nov 2001 and first published on 13 Dec 2001


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B107527F
Citation: Analyst, 2002,127, 60-65
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    Determination of an arsenosugar in oyster extracts by liquid chromatography-electrospray mass spectrometry and liquid chromatography-ultraviolet photo-oxidation-hydride generation atomic fluorescence spectrometry

    D. Sánchez-Rodas, A. Geiszinger, J. L. Gómez-Ariza and K. A. Francesconi, Analyst, 2002, 127, 60
    DOI: 10.1039/B107527F

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