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Title: Quantification of ferritin-bound iron in plant samples by isotope tagging and species-specific isotope dilution mass spectrometry
Authors: Hoppler, M.
Zeder, C.
Walczyk, T. 
Issue Date: 1-Sep-2009
Citation: Hoppler, M., Zeder, C., Walczyk, T. (2009-09-01). Quantification of ferritin-bound iron in plant samples by isotope tagging and species-specific isotope dilution mass spectrometry. Analytical Chemistry 81 (17) : 7368-7372. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Ferritin is nature's predominant iron storage protein. The molecule consists of a hollow protein shell composed of 24 subunits which is capable of storing up to 4500 iron atoms per molecule. Recently, this protein has been identified as a target molecule for increasing iron content in plant staple foods in order to combat dietary iron deficiency, a major public health problem in developing countries. Here, we present a novel technique for quantification of ferritin-bound iron in edible plant seeds using species-specific isotope dilution mass spectrometry (IDMS) by means of a biosynthetically produced 57Fe-labeled ferritin spike and negative thermal ionization mass spectrometry (NTIMS). Native plant ferritin and added spike ferritin were extracted in 20 mM Tris buffer (pH 7.4) and separated by anion exchange chromatography (DEAE Sepharose), followed by isotopic analysis by thermal ionization mass spectrometry. The chosen IDMS approach was critically evaluated by assessing the (i) efficiency of analyte extraction, (ii) identical behavior of spike and analyte, and (iii) potential iron isotope exchange with natural iron. Repeatabilities that can be achieved are on the order of
Source Title: Analytical Chemistry
ISSN: 00032700
DOI: 10.1021/ac900885j
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