Gas chromatographic-mass spectrometric determination of myo-inositol in human cerebrospinal fluid

J Neurochem. 1985 Aug;45(2):331-4. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-4159.1985.tb03992.x.


The concentration of free myo-inositol in CSF was determined with a gas chromatographic-mass spectrometric method using deuterated myo-inositol as an internal standard after conversion to the hexa-O-acetyl derivative with acetic anhydride and pyridine. Twenty microliters of CSF is sufficient for the analysis which has a coefficient of variation of 9%. Identical analytical results were obtained on two different mass numbers. Schizophrenic patients were compared with healthy control persons. In addition, patients with rheumatoid arthritis or with neurological illnesses were studied. No consistent differences related to the illness could be found. The mean concentration of myo-inositol was about 25 micrograms/ml. Treatment of schizophrenic patients with chlorpromazine or sulpiride had no significant effect on the concentration of myo-inositol in CSF.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / cerebrospinal fluid
  • Chlorpromazine / therapeutic use
  • Female
  • Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry*
  • Humans
  • Inositol / cerebrospinal fluid*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nervous System Diseases / cerebrospinal fluid
  • Schizophrenia / cerebrospinal fluid
  • Schizophrenia / drug therapy
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage / cerebrospinal fluid
  • Sulpiride / therapeutic use


  • Inositol
  • Sulpiride
  • Chlorpromazine