A simple and sensitive method for the determination of estrogen 3-sulfates by high-performance liquid chromatography with electrochemical detection is described. The sulfates were separated on a reversed-phase column and subsequently hydrolyzed with an immobilized sulfatase reactor in a continuous flow mode. Estrogens liberated were then detected with a coulometric detector. A linear response was observed for four sulfates, estrone sulfate, 16 α - hydroxyestrone 3-sulfate, estradiol 3-sulfate and estriol 3-sulfate in the range 25-1000 ng as an injected amount. The detection limits (S/N = 10) were 20 ng for estriol 3-sulfate and 16 α -hydroxyestrone 3-sulfate, and 50 ng for estrone sulfate and estradiol 3-sulfate, respectively.
- electrochemical detection
- high-performance liquid chromatography
- immobilized enzyme reactor
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Biochemistry