A sensitive capillary gas chromatographic-mass spectrometric method for the determination of valproic acid and at least twelve of its metabolites in serum based on tert.-butyldimethylsilyl (tBDMS) derivatives is described. Low detection limits are achieved by using a direct on-column injection technique. The addition of dry pyridine during the derivatization step now leads to uniform formation of 3-keto-VPA di-tBDMS derivatives and thereby avoids the necessity of a deuterated internal standard, A novel extraction procedure for metabolic profiling of valproate in brain tissue samples is presented. Using this method, (Z)-2-en-VPA was determined in rat brain tissue for the first time.
Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research
Choose a citation style from the tabs below