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The measurement of the 3-OH pyridinium compounds, pyridinoline (Pyr) and deoxypyridinoline (Dpyr), in urine by high performance liquid chromatography is potentially useful in clinical studies, since they are specific biochemical markers of bone resorption. The aims of the present study were to improve assay performance and optimize sample collection. An isocratic high performance liquid chromatogram (HPLC) separation with baseline resolution was accomplished within 4 min using heptafluorobutyric acid as an ion-pair. The sample preparation for HPLC, using CF1 cellulose, produced uncontaminated samples with a recovery higher than 90% for both crosslinks. An elastin-derived material, tentatively identified as isodesmosine (Ides), was also tested and proved to be a suitable internal standard. Use of this standard improved assay precision. The effect of an oral gelatin load on the excretion of Pyr and Dyr was investigated. The creatinine corrected excretion of Pyr and Dpyr was unchanged over a 6 h period, in contrast to the 10-fold increase in the excretion of urinary hydroxyproline with a peak 2-4 h after ingestion. In 20 postmenopausal women, 2 h fasting morning urine results correlated with results from 24-h urine collections Dpyr/Cr (r = 0.70, n = 20). There was a day-to-day variation of 26% in adults studied for 10 days.

Original publication




Journal article


Eur j clin invest

Publication Date





341 - 349


Adult, Amino Acids, Bone Resorption, Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid, Collagen, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Reference Standards