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, 162 (2), 761-6

The Measurement and Mass Spectral Identification of indole-3-pyruvate From Tomato Shoots

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The Measurement and Mass Spectral Identification of indole-3-pyruvate From Tomato Shoots

T P Cooney et al. Biochem Biophys Res Commun.

Abstract

Endogenous indole-3-pyruvate has been identified by full-scan combined gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and measured using gas chromatography with an electron capture detector. High specific-activity [5-3H]indole-3-pyruvate was synthesized from [5-3H]tryptophan and used as an internal standard. In order to allow purification of the labile indole-3-pyruvate it was stabilised by the formation in the crude extract of its pentafluorobenzyl oxime derivative. This derivative also allowed sensitive detection and measurement of indole-3-pyruvate in the picogram range using a gas chromatograph with an electron capture detector. Endogenous levels were found to be between 8-10 ng/g f.wt. of tomato shoots which is comparable to that of the indole-3-acetic acid pool size, 11 ng/g f.wt., in this tissue.

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