|All-enzymatic HPLC method for determination of individual and total contents of vitamin B(6) in foods.|
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|BACKGROUND: There is a need for a reliable and accurate method for quantification of each of the seven individual vitamin B(6) compounds including pyridoxine-β-glucoside in foods.
OBJECTIVE: To determine pyridoxal (PL), pyridoxamine (PM), pyridoxine (PN), pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (PLP), pyridoxamine 5'-phosphate (PMP), pyridoxine 5'-phosphate (PNP), and pyridoxine-β-glucoside (PNG) in foods.
DESIGN: By specific enzymatic treatment, each of the seven vitamin B(6) compounds was all converted into 4-pyridoxolactone, which is a highly fluorescent compound. In total, seven separate, enzymatic steps were performed for each sample. Separation and quantification were performed with reversed-phase high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) coupled with fluorescence detection. For each sample type the result was corrected for the recovery based on spiked samples. The method was applied for analyses of chicken liver, chicken white meat, egg yolk, egg white, dried anchovy, carrots, and garlic.
RESULTS: The recovery varied from 14 to 114% in chicken liver, chicken white meat, egg yolk, egg white, dried anchovy, carrot, and garlic. Each food showed a characteristic distribution of the seven vitamin B(6) compounds. The PNG was only found in low amounts; that is, 17-29nmol vitamin B(6)/g in the plant-derived foods, carrot and garlic. Only egg white showed a lower content, 3nmol/g. Overall the content in chicken liver, chicken white meat, and egg yolk had a total content of vitamin B(6) between 42 and 51nmol/g. Both PM and PMP were high in the chicken liver. In contrast, PL and PLP were high in the chicken white meat. The main vitamin B(6) in the egg yolk was PLP. The dried anchovy contained high amounts of PLP and PMP and a total content of 144nmol/g.
CONCLUSIONS: The enzymatic-based HPLC method was applied for the determination of seven vitamin B6 compounds in foods. Their distribution in the foods varied significantly.
|Huong Thi Viet Do; Youhei Ide; Andrew Njagi Mugo; Toshiharu Yagi|
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|Type: Journal Article Date: 2012-04-02|
|Title: Food & nutrition research Volume: 56 ISSN: 1654-661X ISO Abbreviation: Food Nutr Res Publication Date: 2012|
|Created Date: 2012-04-06 Completed Date: 2012-08-23 Revised Date: 2013-05-29|
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|Faculty of Agriculture and Agricultural Science Program, Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences, Kochi University, Nankoku, Kochi, Japan.|
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|All-enzymatic HPLC method for determination of individual and total contents of vitamin B6 in foods|
|Huong Thi Viet Do|
|Andrew Njagi Mugo|
|Faculty of Agriculture and Agricultural Science Program, Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences, Kochi University, Nankoku, Kochi, Japan
|*Toshiharu Yagi, Faculty of Agriculture and Agricultural Science Program, Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences, Kochi University, Monobe-Otsu 200, Nankoku, Kochi 783-8502, Japan. Fax: +81 88 864 5191. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Natural foods contain seven vitamin B6 compounds: pyridoxine (PN), pyridoxal (PL), pyridoxamine (PM), the phosphoester forms (PNP, PLP, PMP), and pyridoxine-β-glucoside (PNG). Their structures are shown in Fig. 1. The total contents of vitamin B6 in foods have been determined by the microbioassay with a yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae (1). The contents, thus, are converted to and expressed as PN. The procedure has been done according to an AOAC protocol (AOAC Official Method 985.32). However, the method suffers disadvantages of inclusion of PNG in the content, and an insufficient hydrolysis of PMP and PNP in some foods even though the foods are subjected to a drastic hydrolysis under a high pressure (2). The published method shows separate quantification of PN, PL, PM, and PNG (3). The nutritional availability of PNG in the human body is controversial (4).
Recent studies have shown that each of the vitamin B6 compounds has specific functions. The PM prevents and cures the diabetic complications (5). Both PLP and PMP, coenzyme forms of vitamin B6, showed a stronger protection of yeast cells from oxidative death than vitamin C, a well-known antioxidative vitamin (6). Therefore, the individual vitamin B6 content in foods should be determined to estimate their functionality.
Determination of individual vitamin B6 compounds by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) methods (3, 7, 8) are applicable for the samples containing high amounts of vitamin B6 but not for foods containing very low amounts of vitamin B6 in combination with high amounts of other fluorescent compounds, which interfere with their identification and determination.
Recently, we have developed a method for determination of individual vitamin B6 compounds based on specific enzymatic conversion of the vitamin B6 compounds into the high fluorescent compound 4-pyridoxolactone (4-PLA) (9). However, the method used the HCl-hydrolysis to convert the phosphoester forms into corresponding free forms. Thus, PNG and PNP were not determined separately, and the recovery of the standards added were very low due to loss by non-specific reactions with components in the foods such as minerals (9).
The aim of this study was to develop a novel method, which uses enzymatic reactions in all the steps instead of the HCl-hydrolysis and is applicable for determination of the seven individual vitamin B6 compounds in foods.
Recombinant PL 4-dehydrogenase (PLDH), PM-pyruvate aminotransferase (PPAT), and PN 4-oxidase (PNOX) were prepared as described previously (10–12). Recombinant E. coli alkaline phosphatase (ALP) was prepared according to a standard protocol (13). The PNP was prepared from PLP through reduction with sodium borohydride (14). Almond β-glucosidase (GLS), PM, and PL (≥99.5%) were purchased from Sigma Chemical Co. (St. Louis, MO), PN and PLP from Nacalai Tesque, Inc. (Kyoto, Japan). The PMP was a gift from Daiichi Fine Chemicals Co. (Takaoka, Japan) and PNG was prepared enzymatically from D-glucose and PN based on a transglucosidase activity of a bacterial β-glucosidase (15). Food samples were bought at local markets and chosen at random in order to test and validate the method.
The basic principle is to convert all vitamin B6 compounds specifically into a highly fluorescent vitamin B6-derivative 4-PLA (see Fig. 1). Thus, seven reaction mixtures were used to determine seven vitamin B6 compounds. The reaction mixtures are shown in Fig. 2. Fig. 3 illustrate the analytical procedure of the seven reactions carried out. The filtration was done with a Dismic 13 syringe filter (pore size of 0.2 µm, Advantech, Tokyo, Japan). To make a control (i.e. no-reaction test sample), HCl was added to the reaction mixture before addition of the food sample. For the determination of PLP, the food sample was at first hydrolyzed with ALP in the reaction 4 (Fig. 2), and then the PL produced was determined as shown under the reaction for PLP (Fig. 3). Both PMP and PNP were determined in the same way just like PLP but using the additional enzymes and the substrate or the cofactor as shown under the reactions for PMP and PNP, respectively (Fig. 3). For the determination of PNG, the food sample was at first hydrolyzed with β-glucosidase in the reaction mixture containing NaH2PO4, which inhibited phosphatase activity in the almond β-glucosidase preparation, and then PN was determined as shown under the reaction for PNG (Fig. 3).
See Table 1 for quantification of the seven compounds from the HPLC elution profiles of the seven reactions described above. Because the recovery was significantly lower than 100%, the correction was made. All sample analyses were repeated three to four times.
The 4-PLA was measured by a reversed-phase isocratic HPLC method using a Cosmosil 5C18MS-II column (250×4.6mm; Nacalai Tesque, Kyoto, Japan), and a mobile phase consisting of 20mM potassium phosphate buffer (pH 7.0) and 10% (v/v) methanol. The flow rate and sample volume were 0.5ml/min and 100µl, respectively. The separation was made with a Jasco HPLC system (JASCO, Tokyo, Japan) equipped with an AS-2055 autosampler, a PU-2080 pump, and an FP-920 fluorescence detector. The fluorescence intensity of the eluted 4-pyridoxolactone was monitored at 430nm after excitation at 360nm.
The PLDH (10), PNOX (12), PPAT (11), ALP (16), and β-glucosidase (17) were assayed as described previously. One unit of enzyme was defined as the amount that catalyzed the formation of 1µmol of product per min. The PLDH, PNOX, ALP, and β-glucosidase catalyze irreversible reactions; PPAT catalyzes a reversible reaction. However, when coupled with PLDH the reversible reaction is forced to produce 100% conversion. For example, the enzymatic reactions shown in Fig. 1 are 100% conversion of the substrates. The activities of the enzymes were assayed every time just before usage for enzymatic conversion of vitamin B6 compounds into 4-PLA.
Chicken white meat and liver, egg yolk and white, dried anchovy, carrot, and garlic were analyzed. The edible wet part of the foods was used, with the exception of the dried anchovy, which was ground with a Mini Blender (Osaka chemical co., Osaka, Japan). Foods (0.1–1.0g, dry or wet) were homogenized in 5ml of 0.1M HCl with a Polytron homogenizer, and then the homogenate was incubated at 100°C for 30min to liberate protein-bound PLP. The suspension was cooled on ice, then 0.1 ml of 50% (w/v) trichloroacetic acid (TCA) was added, and followed by incubation at 100°C for 5min. After cooling on ice, pH of the mixture was adjusted to 7.5 by the addition of 0.5ml of 0.5M Tris-HCl (pH 7.5) and 0.57ml of 1.0 M NaOH. The mixture was centrifuged at 8,000×g for 5min at 4°C, and then the supernatant (5–50µl) was used for the enzymatic reactions. Samples that were added the seven vitamin B6 compounds were similarly treated to assess recovery. Spiking level was 2 pmol (the amount in 100µl applied to the HPLC column). Recovery test was made two or three times.
The chromatograms for the analysis of PL, PM, and PN in the chicken liver sample are shown in Fig. 4: They showed similar but definitely different patterns of the fluorescent peaks of 4-PLA. The 4-PLA was eluted at about 11 min as shown with an arrow, together with unknown fluorescent compounds in the sample. The control reaction showed a tiny peak of 4-PLA (PL, No-R in Fig. 4A), its area increased when the liver sample was subjected to the enzymatic conversion with the reaction 1 in Fig. 2 for converting PL into 4-PLA (PL, R) in the sample. Thus, the subtraction of fluorescence intensity of 4-PLA (PL, No-R) from that of 4-PLA (PL, R) gave the amount of 4-PLA corresponding to the amount of PL in the sample. The chicken liver sample spiked with PL showed a higher peak (PL+Sd, R) because the corresponding amount of 4-PLA was additionally produced by the enzymatic conversion. In contrast, the chicken liver sample spiked with PL without the enzymatic conversion did not show this increase; its peak height was the same as that of the control reaction mixture (PL+Sd, No-R). Thus, PL in the chicken liver was satisfactory determined as shown in table 1. PM in the sample was determined by the reaction 2 in Fig. 2. Elution patterns of the two control reaction mixtures and reaction mixture spiked or nonspiked with PM are shown in Fig. 4B. Two controls (PM, No-R, and PM+Sd, No-R) showed the same peak height as those of (PL, No-R and PL+Sd, No-R), respectively. In contrast, the peak height of the reaction mixture (PM, R) was higher than that of the reaction mixture (PL, R) because the former peak was a total of PL and PM. Thus, PM content was determined as shown in Table 1. Standard PM (2 pmol) was quantitatively converted into 4-PLA and determined (PM+Sd, R). The PN in the chicken liver was determined by the reaction 3 in Fig. 2. Elution patterns are shown in Fig. 4C. Like PL and PM, PN was also quantitatively converted into 4-PLA and determined (PN+Sd, R). The peak area of the reaction mixture (PN, R) was almost the same as that of the reaction mixture (PL, R), showing that the chicken liver sample contained a very low amount of PN. The PN content was determined as shown in Table 1.
Fig. 5A, B, and C shows the chromatograms for the analyses of PLP, PMP, and PNP. They showed similar but definitely different patterns of the fluorescent peaks of 4-PLA. The standard PLP, PMP, and PNP spiked could be accurately determined (PLP+Sd, R; PMP+Sd, R; and PNP+Sd, R). The peak area of PMP, R was high because it contained 4-PLA produced from PL, PM, PLP, and PMP. Thus, PMP content was calculated as shown in Table 1. Although the chromatograms obtained in the PNG analysis is not shown, PNG was also accurately determined.
The results showed that the method could be applied for the determination of contents of individual vitamin B6 compound in the chicken liver sample. No compound in the food samples interfered with the elution pattern of 4-PLA. The recovery of vitamin B6 compounds in the sample was between 73 and 92%.
The contents of seven vitamin B6 compounds in the foods were successfully determined (Table 2). The values are in nmol/g, except for the total content that also is calculated as PN, HCl. Although the recovery varied a lot among foods, the recovery tests could be determined for all the foods, showing that the present method for preparation of the food samples was almost adequate for the presented method: the standard deviation of the recovery for chicken liver, egg yolk and white, and dried small anchovy are shown in (Table 2). The recovery of PLP in the egg yolk and the dried anchovy was only 14 and 29%, respectively. These results indicate that PLP in these foods bind so strongly to the other food component(s) that ALP cannot hydrolyze PLP bound to them. Thus, improvement of the sample preparation method is required, although it is better than HCl-hydrolysis (9), in which recoveries of PLP and PM in garlic could not be estimated. The difficulty of PLP recovery from tissue samples has been described (18). Another explanation could be that the egg yolk and dried anchovy contain some compounds that inhibit ALP. Although it is not clear what happens, the bioavailability of PLP in the egg yolk and anchovy may be low, because it is well known that ALP activity correlates significantly with in vivo luminal disappearance of PLP (19). This method may not be applicable for the foods that give a too low recovery of the vitamin B6 compounds. In such cases, it is necessary to develop an improved preparation method for the food samples. The evaluation of applicability of the method based on the recovery is required.
Total contents (as PN-HCl) of vitamin B6 compounds and PNG, which have been determined by a microbiological method, are described in the Japanese Food Table. They are 35.5nmol/g for chicken white meat; 38.4, chicken liver; 15.4, egg yolk; 0, egg white; 6.5, carrot; 6.5, garlic; and 16.6, dried small anchovy. The values in nmol/g were converted from values given as mg/100g of an edible part in the Japanese Food Table. The microbiological and the present methods gave similar values for the contents in the chicken white meat and liver. In contrast, higher values were obtained for the other samples with the present method; in particular, the small dried anchovy had about 9-fold higher value. Because its content is in nmol/g, dry weight, in contrast to the other samples, the value obtained by the present method seems to be rational, suggesting that vitamin B6 compounds in the dried small anchovy could not be measured accurately by the microbiological method. The preferred comparison would be to measure the same food samples by the microbiological method and the present method.
PNG was found only in the plant-derived foods. The results coincided well with the previous report (20). The relative contents of PNG were 19 and 42% of the total content in garlic and carrot, respectively. The PNG contents in plant-derived food have been reported to vary from 0% (cauliflower) (3) to 92% (orange juice) (20). The contents of PN, which is generally used as a supplement of vitamin B6 for fortified foods, were very low in the foods examined; actually PN was not found in either chicken white meat or egg yolk. Although analytical data for many other foods are required, the results suggest a need for studies to determine which of the vitamin B6 compounds should be used for fortification of the food.
Each of the foods analyzed showed a characteristic pattern of the seven vitamin B6 compounds. Both PM and PMP were high in the chicken liver. In contrast, PL and PLP were high in the chicken white meat. The main vitamin B6 in the egg yolk was PLP. The dried anchovy contained high amounts of PLP, PMP, and PNP; the free forms were very low. Both the PLP and PL were high in the garlic.
Traditionally, the dried small anchovy has been used for making stock soup in Japan. However, recently, a new preparation for taking the whole body as a food has been developed, which is the sample used in this study. Because PMP should be absorbed as PM in the intestine after the hydrolysis by the ALP, which shows reactivity toward PMP as well as PLP, PMP should have the same efficacy as PM in the anti-diabetic complications. Thus, the chicken liver and the dried small anchovy may be candidates for foods functioning to prevent diabetic complications.
The present method needs seven enzymatic reactions plus HPLC analysis. The time needed for determination of seven vitamin B6 compounds in one food by a trained student was approximately 10 days. Although the first analysis was finished within 2 days, the additional days were required to determine recoveries of the recovery test. The present method is not a method for routine work under the present conditions. Thus, the development of a determination kit consisting of the seven reaction mixtures and the seven standard compounds would be necessary to facilitate easier routine analysis of the food samples. We are continuing our investigations to develop the kit.
The present method was applicable for determination of all seven vitamin B6 compounds. The method was applied on samples derived from animal, vegetables, and fish. Their distribution in the foods varied significantly. The content of PN that is used for fortification of foods was very low in the foods examined. The present method needs improvement in the speed of the analysis.
This work was partially supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and technonogy- Japan, Grant-in-Ais for Exploratory Research, 18650215, 2007, and by a Kochi University President's Discretionary Grant.
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Calculation of B6-vitamers
*Area of peak for 4-PLA.
Contents of vitamin B6 compounds and PNG in chicken liver and white meat, egg yolk and white, dried small anchovy, carrot, and garlic; recoveries of the standards are also shown
|Chicken liver||Chicken white meat||Egg yolk||Egg white||Dried small anchovy||Carrot||Garlic|
ND means=not detectable.
The average±SD of three experiments are shown.
*Molecular weight of PN-HCl is 205.69.
Keywords: pyridoxal, pyridoxamine, pyridoxine, phosphates, pyridoxine-β-glucoside.
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