Determination of Pantothenic Acid in Foods by Optical Biosensor Immunoassay

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Abstract:

An optical biosensor inhibition immunoassay was developed using a specific pantothenic acid-binding protein for the quantitation of free pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) in foodstuffs. Samples were prepared by a simple extraction procedure in buffer, and vitamin content was estimated against authentic calibrants in the same buffer. Performance parameters included a working range of 10–5000 ng/mL, a limit of detection of 4.4 ng/mL, precision relative standard deviation of 5.4–7.1% over a range of concentrations, and recoveries >95% in the matrixes tested. A wide range of foodstuffs, including National Institute of Standards and Technology reference samples, were tested in 3 independent laboratories and the results were compared with microbiological assay and liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MS) methods. The results indicate that the biosensor technique is appropriate for the estimation of pantothenic acid in a wide range of foodstuffs.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Xenosense Ltd, Unit 18, The Innovation Centre, Northern Ireland Science Park, Queen's Rd, Queen's Island, Belfast, N. Ireland, BT3 9DT. 2: Nestlé Research Centre, PO Box 44, Lausanne 26, Switzerland. 3: Fonterra Waitoa, Cnr No. 1 Rd & SH26, Waitoa, New Zealand.

Publication date: July 1, 2005

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  • The Journal of AOAC INTERNATIONAL publishes refereed papers and reviews in the fields of chemical, biological and toxicological analytical chemistry for the purpose of showcasing the most precise, accurate and sensitive methods for analysis of foods, food additives, supplements and contaminants, cosmetics, drugs, toxins, hazardous substances, pesticides, feeds, fertilizers and the environment available at that point in time. The scope of the Journal includes unpublished original research describing new analytical methods, techniques and applications; improved approaches to sampling, both in the field and the laboratory; better methods of preparing samples for analysis; collaborative studies substantiating the performance of a given method; statistical techniques for evaluating data. The Journal will also publish other articles of general interest to its audience, e.g., technical communications; cautionary notes; comments on techniques, apparatus, and reagents.
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