On-line identification of depurinating DNA adducts in human urine by capillary electrophoresis-fluorescence line narrowing spectroscopy

Kenneth P. Roberts, Cheng H. Lin, Maria Singhal, George P. Casale, Gerald J. Small, Ryszard Jankowiak

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The benzo[a]pyrene (BP)-derived 7-(benzo[a]pyren-6-yl)guanine (BP-6- N7Gua) depurinating one-electron oxidation adduct was identified in the urine extracts of coal-smoke-exposed humans for the first time. Urine samples were prepared by solid-phase extraction and reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography. Subsequently, the BP-6-N7Gua adduct was identified on-line with capillary electrophoresis fluorescence line narrowing spectroscopy (CE- FLNS) at 4.2 K. The daily excretion of BP-6-N7Gua in human urine of individuals exposed to coal smoke was approximately 226 pmol per μmol of creatinine. Due to the high level of excretion we propose that BP-6-N7Gua adducts found in urine could serve as effective biomarkers for risk assessment of BP exposure. The results demonstrate that CE-FLNS allows for on-line separation and DNA adducts identification in complex fluid extracts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)799-806
Number of pages8
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 3 2000



  • Analyte identification
  • Capillary electrophoresis
  • Depurinating DNA adducts
  • Fluorescence line narrowing
  • One-electron oxidation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Clinical Biochemistry

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