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  • 1 Department of Chemistry, Lafayette College, Easton, PA, 18042-1782, USA
  • 2 Department of Biology, Lafayette College, Easton, PA, 18042-1782, USA
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Different thin-layer chromatography (TLC) systems were evaluated for analysis of 21 biologically important essential and nonessential amino acids in complex mixtures such as biological tissues and fluids. Amino acids were visualized on the layers by derivatization with ninhydrin reagent, and RF values were determined by slit-scanning densitometry. The five systems found to be most useful for analysis of amino acids were cellulose and silica gel high-performance TLC (HPTLC) plates developed with either 2-butanol-pyridine-glacial acetic acid-deionized water, 39:34:10:26, or 2-butanol-pyridine-25% ammonia-deionized water, 39:34:10:26, and ion exchange TLC plates developed with citrate buffer, pH 3.3. Using these five systems with ninhydrin detection, identification of all amino acids except for leucine and isoleucine in complex mixtures is possible, and quantification can be achieved if the amino acid to be quantified is well separated from adjacent components of the mixture. Example chromatograms are illustrated for separation and identification of amino acids in a snail tissue sample on a cellulose HPTLC plate.

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Editors(s) Danica Agbaba (University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia);
Ivana Stanimirova-Daszykowska (University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland),
Monika Waksmundzka-Hajnos (Medical University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland)

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R. Bhushan (The Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India)
J. Bojarski (Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland)
B. Chankvetadze (State University of Tbilisi, Tbilisi, Georgia)
M. Daszykowski (University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland)
T.H. Dzido (Medical University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland)
A. Felinger (University of Pécs, Pécs, Hungary)
K. Glowniak (Medical University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland)
B. Glód (Siedlce University of Natural Sciences and Humanities, Siedlce, Poland)
A. Grochowalski† (Cracow University of Technology, Kraków, Poland)
K. Kaczmarski (Rzeszow University of Technology, Rzeszów, Poland)
H. Kalász (Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary)
R. Kaliszan† (Medical University of Gdańsk, Gdańsk, Poland)
I. Klebovich (Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary)
A. Koch (Private Pharmacy, Hamburg, Germany)
Ł. Komsta (Medical University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland)
P. Kus (Univerity of Silesia, Katowice, Poland)
D. Mangelings (Free University of Brussels, Brussels, Belgium)
E. Mincsovics (Corvinus University of Budapest, Budapest, Hungary)
G. Morlock (Giessen University, Giessen, Germany)
J. Namiesnik† (Gdańsk University of Technology, Gdańsk, Poland)
J. Sherma (Lafayette College, Easton, PA, USA)
R. Skibiński (Medical University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland)
B. Spangenberg (Offenburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany)
T. Tuzimski (Medical University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland)
Y. Vander Heyden (Free University of Brussels, Brussels, Belgium)
A. Voelkel (Poznań University of Technology, Poznań, Poland)
B. Walczak (University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland)
W. Wasiak (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland)