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Vitamin-like Compounds Analysis Service

Vitamins and Vitamin-like Compounds Analysis Service

There are a variety of organic compounds though cannot be defined as true vitamins, which are related to the function of vitamins. Generally speaking, they can be sufficiently synthesized by humans and are not required in the daily diet. Because of similarities in physiological function or distribution in diet, these substances usually are classified as vitamin-like substances. Besides specific amino acids such as methionine and taurine in feathered animals, other examples of these vitamin-like substances include choline, carnitine, inositol and Coenzyme Q.

As a key component of sphingomyelin and lecithin, choline, a water-soluble amine, plays an important role in carcinogenesis, lipid transport and methyl group metabolism. Normally, choline can be synthesized in sufficient amounts. However, choline is regularly added to diets, commercially available as the bitartrate or trimethyl hydroxyethyl ammonium chloride. This can lessen the need for activated methyl groups supplied from methionine, and thus promotes positive growth response in young growing animals. Choline deficiency can lead to fatty liver.

Inositol is synthesized after cyclization glucose-6-phosphate and is after cyclization and is of similar structure to glucose. As a component of phospholipids in membranes, it plays a key role in the cell replication. Inositol also plays an important role in phospholipid assembly, clearance of lipid and cellular signal transduction. Inositol is relatively abundant in cereal grains. Similar to choline, deficiency of inositol can lead to fatty liver.

Taurine is an amino acid taking part in in a variety of physiological activities, including neuromodulation, osmotic regulation and the stabilization of cell membranes. It is essential for the metabolism of bile acids salts. From the oxidation of cysteine, most animals can synthesize sufficient amounts of taurine endogenously. However, some animals, especially domesticated and wild felids and human infants fail to synthesize enough amounts of taurine. Currently, taurine is regularly added to all infant formulas to promote infant development.

Carnitine plays an important role in accepting activated fatty acids at the outer mitochondrial membrane and making them ready for β-oxidation. While adults can synthesize sufficient carnitine, it is difficult for infants to synthesize enough amounts of carnitine. Human milk delivers sufficient carnitine, infant formula may not offer enough carnitine. Carnitine is relatively abundant in meats and dairy products, while cereal grains is not only low in carnitine but also low in lysine and methionine- the precursors of carnitine. The primary signs of carnitine deficiency are as hypoglycemia, cardiomyopathy and muscle weakness.

Bioflavonoids are the brightly colored phenolic compounds relatively abundant in tea, beer, wine, cocoa, and especially in citrus fruits. They can affect capillary permeability and fragility.

Lipoic Acid
As a fat-soluble vitamin relating to B vitamins, lipoic acid acts as a coenzyme to transfer acyl groups.

Coenzyme Q (Ubiquinone)
Coenzyme Q is defined as a group of lipid-like compounds with structure similar to vitamin E. Coenzyme Q plays a key role in mitochondrial electron transport. Coenzyme Q10, the member native to human mitochondria, is of greatest interest. Coenzyme Q is relatively abundant in the food supply.


  • LC-MS


  • Extraction of in vitamins and vitamin-like compounds by LLE. After extraction, supernatants are dried and reconstituted, separated by RPLC. Then the vitamins are quantified by ESI by MRM methods.

Sample Requirement

  • Normal Volume: 200uL plasma, 20 mg tissue, 10g food or solid
  • Minimal Volume: 100uL plasma, 10 mg tissue, 5g food or solid


  • A detailed technical report will be provided at the end of the whole project, including the experiment procedure, MS instrument parameters.
  • Analytes are reported as uM/ml, while CV's are generally 10%.
  • The name of the analytes, abbreviation, formula, molecular weight and CAS# would also be included in the report.

Vitamin-like Compounds quantified in Our Service

Vitamins and Vitamin-like Compounds quantified in Our Service
1 1-OH vitamin D2
2 1-OH vitamin D3
3 4-Aminobenzoic acid (Vitamin B-like compound)
4 Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)
5 Biotin (Vitamin B7 also as B8 or H)
6 Choline (Vitamin B-like)
7 Cyanocobalamin(Vitamin B12)
8 Folic acid (Vitamin B9)
9 Lipoic acid (Vitamin B-like compound)
10 Nicotinamide(Vitamin B3)
11 Pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5)
12 Pyridoxal (Vitamin B6)
13 Pyridoxal phosphate (Vitamin B6)
14 Pyridoxamine (Vitamin B6)
15 Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6)
16 Retinal (Vitamin A)
17 Retinoic acid (Vitamin A)
18 Retinol (Vitamin A)
19 Riboflavin(Vitamin B2)
20 Thiamine (Vitamin B1)
21 Thiamine monophosphate (Vitamin B1)
22 Thiamine pyrophosphate (Vitamin B1)
23 Vitamin D2
24 Vitamin D3
25 Vitamin K1(Vitamin K1)
26 Vitamin K2(Vitamin K2)
27 α-Tocopherol(Vitamin E)
28 α-Tocotrienol(Vitamin E)
29 β-Tocopherol(Vitamin E)
30 β-Tocotrienol(Vitamin E)
31 γ-Tocopherol(Vitamin E)
32 γ-Tocotrienol(Vitamin E)
33 δ-Tocopherol(Vitamin E)
34 δ-Tocotrienol(Vitamin E)
35 ​Riboflavin 5'-monophosphate (Vitamin B2 phosphate)

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