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Date of Award
Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted
Master of Science (M.S.)
Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences
Patrick R. Jones
First Committee Member
James W. Blankenship
Second Committee Member
This thesis describes the development of a way to study the N8 - acetylspermidine deacetylase enzyme activity. The method created in this thesis emphasizes sensitivity, accuracy and safety.
In this study, HeLa cells were cultured and extracted to yield a crude N8 - acetylspermidine deacetylase enzyme mixture. By measuring the decrease of N8 - acetylspermidine and the increase of spetmidine, N8 -acetylspermidine deacetylase enzyme activity can be determined using either a Varian 1200L LC/MS/MS or an API 3000 LC-ES (+)/MS/MS. An acetylation-derivatization method was developed because N8 -acetylspermidine and spermidine are hard to purify from a biological sample since they are not retained on a CIS solid phase extraction column or on a RP HPLC (high performance liquid chromatography) reverse phase column due to their small molecular weight and high polarity.
The quantitation of N8 -acetylspem1indine over the range 2ng/ul to 5pg/ul was fit by linear regression as y = 1.064x + 0.218 with an R-squared value of 0.9996, where y is the peak area of the fragment-ion SRM (selected reaction monitoring: m/z: 188/114) chromatograms from N8 -acetylspermindine and x is the concentration of N8 - acetylspermindine. Acetylation of spermidine (SPD) and N8-acetylspermidine (N8AcSPD) with d6-acetic anhydride produces the d9 labeled triacetylated derivative of SPD and d6 labled triacetylated spermidine derivative of N8AcSPD. These triacetylated forms are retained on a C18 column. MS/MS gives characteristic m/z fragment ions for the derivatized species: N8AcSPD (278 to 215), NlAcSPD (278 to 218) and SPD (281 to 218). The fragment-ion SRM (selected reaction monitoring) chromatograms are used for the quantitation. A plot of peak area ratios for known mixtures of N8AcSPD and total SPD versus the molar ratios of N8AcSPD and total SPD was found to fit a linear regression line withy= 0.705x + 0.035 with an R-squared value of 0.9919. Quantitation of d6- and dg-tri-acetylspermidine by LC/MS/MS is possible at the low levels of materials found in cell extracts since the separation method results in a lower limit of quantitation. This approach enables the study of N8 - acetylspermidine deacetylase enzyme activity.
Tang, Jennifer Huiqin. (2005). DEVELOPMENT OF A LC/MS/MS ENZYME METHOD FOR N8 - ACETYLSPERMIDINE MEASUREMENTS IN ENZYME ASSAYS. University of the Pacific, Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted. https://scholarlycommons.pacific.edu/uop_etds/607
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