Antioxidant and pro-oxidant capacity of catecholamines and related compounds. Effects of hydrogen peroxide on glutathione and sphingomyelinase activity in pheochromocytoma PC12 cells: potential relevance to age-related diseases
Simple syntheses of the biologically important but hitherto difficult to obtain dopamine sulpho conjugates dopamine 3-O-sulphate (I) and dopamine 4-O-sulphate (II), as analytical reference substances, starting from dopamine hydrochloride are described. A method for the determination of I and II with reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatographic separation and coulometric detection in human urine together with calibration and current-voltage curves are presented. Detection limits of approximately 100 pg of I or II and unequivocal substance identifications even in very complex substrates such as human urine are reported.