Simple and sensitive determination of citrinin in Monascus by GC-selected ion monitoring mass spectrometry

Pin Yen Shu, Cheng Huang Lin

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A new method for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of citrinin in Monascus by gas-chromatography-selected ion monitoring (SIM) mass spectrometry has been developed. GC separation of citrinin in Monascus extract was achieved without the need for chemical derivatization, and could be detected as a single peak when the SIM mode selected 5 prominent fragmentations (m/z of 220, 205, 177, 105 and 91). The quantitative detection limit for citrinin was ∼1 ppb. Finally, the GC-separated analyte from Monascus extract, at a retention time of 10.89 min, was examined by the method of pattern recognition by comparison with a citrinin standard. The results show that the 2 compounds had a 94% similarity when the SIM mode was used.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-287
Number of pages5
JournalAnalytical Sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Jan 1


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  • Analytical Chemistry

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