5-Hydroxytryptophan: A method for monitoring human plasma content during clinical administration.

Research paper by P P Angwin, P P Berger, V V Zarcone, H K HK Brodie, J J Barchas

Indexed on: 01 Dec '76Published on: 01 Dec '76Published in: Neurochemical Research


A method is described for the assay of 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) in human blood plasma following administration of the compound. The procedure involves extracting the amino acid into butanol, returning the 5-HTP to an aqueous phase, and separating it from other interfering 5-hydroxyindoles on a column of Dowex 50W-X4, a strong cation-exchange resin. The concentration of 5-HTP in the buffer eluate is determined spectrofluorometrically in 3 N HCl; 25 ng/ml plasma can be detected. Using this method, it was possible to determine the time-course of plasma 5-HTP concentrations during the 24-h period after a single 300-mg dose. 5-HTP is being utilized in clinical trials for several psychiatric and neurological disorders.