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Vitamin D Level Determination in Serum
12 February 2016 • Author: YMC Europe GmbH
Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) is essential for the human body. Low levels of vitamin D3 increase the risk of illness from a range of disorders. Babies, young children, pregnant mothers and old people are at a higher risk.
Traditionally, vitamin D deficiency has been associated with rickets, a disease in which the bone tissue does not properly form, leading to soft bones and skeletal deformities. However, research is revealing the importance of vitamin D in protecting against a host of other health problems.
What to Detect in Serum
The serum level of vitamin D is monitored to exclude deficiency symptoms. As vitamin D products and nutritional supplements often contain vitamin D3 and/or vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol), usually the concentration of 25-hydroxy vitamin D3 (25-OH-D3, calcidiol) is determined. 25-OH-vitamin D3 is the liver-generated storage form of vitamin D and provides a differentiated and meaningful impression of a patient’s vitamin D level.
As vitamin D2, D3 and 25-OH-vitamin D3 are structurally similar substances, the (U)HPLC separation is therefore very challenging. Often, special columns in combination with complex eluent mixtures have to be used. Using YMC-Triart C18 ExRS makes the separation much easier!
Baseline Separation in less than 6 min
The use of an UHPLC YMC-Triart C18 ExRS column under isocratic conditions allows a baseline separation of these three substances in less than 6 min. THF/n-hexane (10/90) was used as mobile phase with a flow rate of 0.65 mL/min.
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