Ascertainment of D-amino acids in germ-free, gnotobiotic and normal laboratory rats.

Research paper by H H Brückner, A A Schieber

Indexed on: 05 Jul '01Published on: 05 Jul '01Published in: Biomedical Chromatography


Free D-amino acids were ascertained in the blood serum, urine and aqueous ethanolic extracts of feces of germ-free laboratory rats and a rat made gnotobiotic (tetra-associated) with species of Streptococcus, Lactobacillus and Clostridium. D-Amino acids were also determined in the brains of two germ-free rats. For comparison, D-amino acids were also measured in the blood serum of normal rats and the blood plasma, urine and feces of normal white mice. D-Enantiomers of most protein L-amino acids were detected in all physiological samples of animals. Quantities of free D-amino acids were determined as N(O)-pentafluoropropionyl-(2)-propyl esters by enantioselective gas chromatography and mass spectrometry. Stereoisomers of the bacterial marker 2,6-diaminopimelic acid, analyzed as N-trifluoroacetyl-(2)-propyl esters, were detected in feces of the gnotobiotic but not of the germ-free rat.