Ochratoxin A (OTA) is a toxicant commonly present in many food products. Conventionally, immuno-affinity analysis is applied to rapidly screen the presence of OTA in food. However, antibodies are expensive. In this study, we present a new approach for selectively enriching OTA from aqueous samples using human serum albumin (HSA) bound magnetic beads as the affinity probes, followed by the analysis of CE/ESI-MS. In addition to demonstrating the feasibility of using the affinity probes to concentrate OTA, we also propose a rapid concentration and elution method for extraction, that is, OTA are extracted from aqueous samples by pipetting the samples in and out of a sample vial for 1 min followed by elution with pipetting for another minute. On the basis of the magnetic property, the affinity magnetic probe-target species could be rapidly isolated from the solution during the process of extraction and elution by magnetic separation. CE/ESI-MS, coupled by the electrodeless/sheathless interface, is used for the analysis of the samples. As this method features speed and cost-effectiveness, it is suitable for the purpose of rapid screening. In fact, the lowest detection limit for OTA is ∼4 × 10-3 mg/L.
- Magnetic beads
- Ochratoxin A