TITLE

Selenomethionine contents of NIST wheat reference materials

AUTHOR(S)
Wolf, Wayne R.; Goldschmidt, Robert J.
PUB. DATE
March 2004
SOURCE
Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry;Mar2004, Vol. 378 Issue 5, p1175
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Values of the total selenium and selenomethionine (Semet) content of four wheat-based reference materials have been obtained by gas chromatography-stable isotope dilution mass spectrometry methods. The total Se method is an established one, and the results obtained with it are consistent with previously-assigned values. The Semet method (previously reported by our laboratory) is based on reaction with CNBr. Our data indicate that the four wheat samples (wheat gluten, durum wheat, hard red spring wheat, and soft winter wheat), though having a 30-fold range in total Se content, all have about 45% of their total Se values in the form of selenomethionine. Investigation of the CNBr-based method suggests that additional experiments are needed to verify that all selenomethionine in the wheat samples is accounted for, but also indicates that the values obtained are within 15% of the true values. As the form in which Se occurs in foods and dietary supplements is important from a nutritional perspective, adding information about Se speciation to total Se values in appropriate reference materials makes these materials more valuable in relevant analytical work.
ACCESSION #
15124887

 

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