Vitamin B12 Immunoaffinity Column


The Vitamin B12 Column combines the high selectivity of immunoaffinity columns with its potential to concentrate, elute, and purify with the HPLC column. The Vitamin B12 Immunoaffinity Column is for research use only and not for use in diagnostic procedures.

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Vitamin B12 Immunoaffinity Column

The Vitamin B12 Immunoaffinity Column is For Research Use Only

Assay Principle

Many methods of Vitamin B12 determination are based on HPLC-UV (High Performance Liquid Chromatography-ultraviolet) detection show low selectivity if problematic matrices are applied. This method of content determination of Vitamin B12 combines the high selectivity of immunoaffinity columns with its potential to concentrate, elute, and purify with the HPLC column.
Product Developed and Manufactured in Germany by BioTeZ Berlin-Buch GmbH

The measuring range is linear of 25ng to 1250ng Vitamin B12 per injection (R2=0.9999). The limit of detection is 3ng of vitamin B12 per injection (three times of signal/noise ratio). If the given dilution steps are followed, the vitamin B12 contents of 0.1 to 5µg/g lie within the linear working range of the method. If the contents of the samples used are higher than the cited range, extracts should be diluted in a suitable manner. The lower limit of detection is 10ng/g of vitamin B12 in the sample.  Recovery rates are >85% when vitamin B12 in buffer mixtures is analyzed in the range of 0.1 to 5µg per IAC.  Fast and Accurate Content Determination of Vitamin-B12 (Cyanocobalamin) in Vitamin Tablets, Liquid Vitamin Preparations, Cell Culture Extracts etc. by Combination of Immunoaffinity Chromatography and HPLC

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Additional Information

Sample Preparation

Vitamin B12 samples are to be extracted and analyzed with the method of Li et al. [H.-B. Li, F. Cheng, Y. Jiang J. Chromatography. A 2000; 891:243-247], e.g. vitamin tablets, liquid vitamin preparations, cell culture extracts.

Example: 25g vitamin containing tablets are dissolved in 100ml PBS. The resulting extract may be filtered through a 0.45µm membrane filter.

Enrichment StepImmunoaffinity Chromatography (IAC)

4ml extract (containing the quantity of Vitamin B12 from a 1g sample of above-mentioned sample preparation is followed) is diluted with a total volume of 20ml PBS and then applied in a reservoir on top of the BioTeZ-Immunoaffinity Column. The optimal flow rate through the gel is between 1 to 3ml/min.  According to application and contents expected, the applied extract volumes could vary. E.g. extracts may be diluted 1+1 with PBS or 1+4 as mentioned above. In case of very low contents, extract volumes of 200ml may be applied without significant loss of analyte as long as resulting pH is fairly neutral and alcohol or acetonitrile content lies under 15%.


After the whole sample has passed through the gel, the latter is washed with 5ml of PBS. Remaining liquids in the gel are removed by applying pressure from either the top of the column or pressure from the bottom.


The sample reservoir on top of the BioTeZ-Immunoaffinity Column is removed, and an appropriate vial is placed below the affinity column. The bounded vitamin B12 is eluted by methanol. The elution process is performed in two steps. First, an amount of 1ml methanol is applied. Once this amount has passed through the column, there should be a waiting time of 30 seconds. After that, the second portion of 2ml of methanol is eluted through the column. The remaining methanolic solutions should be eluted by application of slight under- or overpressure. All methanolic fractions are unified to give the column elute.

The column elute may be injected into the HPLC directly or if concentrations are very low, the elute can be concentrated by evaporation (e.g. using VLM evaporator), re-dissolved in HPLC solvent, and finally injected into the system. For the latter case, please see the sample calculation in which the sample concentrate is re-dissolved in 0.4ml HPLC solvent.


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