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A high performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry protocol for detection of neurotransmitters in the rat brain tissue

Publication year 2023
Published in MethodsX
Authors Dan Dai, Qian Qin, Xinyu Zhu, Qiuyuan Fang, Xianzong Meng, Lin Bai, Guang Yang, L. Shan, Chunqing Liu

The detection of neurotransmitters has extensively been applied to the study of the pathogenesis, diagnosis, and therapeutic effect of drugs on many neuropsychiatric diseases. High-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS/MS) has been employed to determine neurotransmitters levels due to its distinct advantages. However, neurotransmitter detection still presents some challenges. A rapid and sensitive HPLC-MS/MS protocol has been established in our lab, which can simultaneously detect 5 neurotransmitters with an easy pretreatment procedure. The protocol provides demanded reference value for the lab using an Agilent HPLC-MS/MS system with a triple quadrupole analyzer.

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