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The work described in this paper is integrated in an analytical programme organised by the Community Bureau of Reference with the aim of developing reference materials certified for sterol content. Preliminary inter-comparison of methods had shown that the level of agreement of the results was insufficient for certification purposes. Errors could occur in the steps before the final determination by gas-liquid chromatography. It was, therefore, decided to validate a quantitative procedure for the isolation of sterols. A well defined saponification - extraction method was tested using labelled sterols ([3H]cholesterol and [3H]cholesteryl oleate) and radiochemical measurements. The study has shown that total cholesterol recovery reached 100.5 +/- 1.4%, that cholesteryl ester was saponified quantitatively and that there were no appreciable amounts of degradation products. The procedure has been used as the basis for the certification of three reference materials and it has been shown that the saponification and extraction procedure leads to the quantitative recovery of sterols regardless of the nature of the fatty material tested.

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Authors: LOGNAY G, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Gembloux (BE);DREZE P, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Gembloux (BE);MARLIER M, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Gembloux (BE);SEVERIN M, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Gembloux (BE);WAGSTAFFE P, CEC Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Analyst, Vol. 114 (1989) pp. 1287-1291
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