Pressemitteilung BoxID: 527577 (BioTeSys GmbH)
  • BioTeSys GmbH
  • Schelztorstraße 54-56
  • 73728 Esslingen
  • Ansprechpartner
  • V. Weidemann

Analysis of cellular micronutrient parameters in an accredited environment

Analysis of cellular micronutrient parameters in an accredited environment

(PresseBox) (Esslingen, ) Oxidative stress is an important factor discussed in focus to ageing and health. Central parameters of the cellular antioxidative system are amongst others ascorbic acid (VC), tocopherol (aT), b-carotene (bC) and glutathione (GSH). While the highly sensitive analysis of these parameters in blood, plasma or serum has become routine for several years in most laboratories, methods to assess them intracellular are few, difficult and often not robust. BioTeSys developed, optimized and validated a HPLC-based method to analyze all these parameters from a single sample of buccal mucosa cells.

The analytics of BioTeSys GmbH is accredited by the German Accreditation System (DAkkS) according to the international norm DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025. Consequently, all laboratory actions and processes follow a prescribed quality assurance system. Central requirements of the norm are i.e. a functional quality management system, skilled personal, traceability of all processes and validated analysis methods.

Method validation is the formal and documented proof that an analytical method is suitable for its intended use and meets the required specifications. It’s an important tool in the quality assurance and is demanded in the context of accreditation and admittance methods. The characteristics range, linearity, specifity, robustness, precision, recovery, limits of detection and quantification of the method are determined. Whenever possible, equidistant multipoint calibrating functions are tested according to DIN 32645. Aside a check for normal distribution, freeness of trends, comparability of variances and elimination of outliers, the adequate calibration function is calculated and LOD and LOQ calculated.

Accuracy, trueness and precision
In the absence of certified reference materials, BioTeSys uses different charges and, if available, suppliers of calibration standards and control substances. Further, purity of standard materials is regulary checked to be in accordance with suppliers certificates of analysis with additional methods, favorable by UV/Vis-spectrophotometry. The whole system is calibrated and controlled before each analysis batch run and controls recorded in at least two chards covering different concentrations of the calibration range. Even small deviances of control values or calibration response can be identified before degradation of standards or deterioration of hardware is resulting in modified method performance or shifts of results over time.

DNA Test
The quantification of parameters in cells is in general more difficult than in blood or serum, not only because of the challenge to measure analytes in the same amount of sample. To overcome this problem, BioTeSys uses a method to determine the amount of DNA in a given sample as a reference value to estimate sample size or the number of cells in it. This so called DPA assay, is based on the carbohydrate liberation from purine bases of DNA material by acidic hydrolysis. After incubation with diphenylamine, a blue colored complex is formed, which is specific for DNA and can be quantified by photometry. A special feature of this method is that the DNA does not have to be in an intact or native state, hence the DPA assay can be performed with the cell residue resulting from vitamin extractions.

Traceability and quality assurance
All steps of the analysis process are well documented and take place under close supervision. This starts with the arrival of the samples at BioTeSys, where all samples are registered and compared to the sample list on dry ice before being frozen at -80 °C. The storage temperature of the freezer is monitored and online systems control temperature, system status and reporting chains in the case of any alarm condition 24 hours a day. The freezer is, like all machines at BioTeSys, maintained and the performance checked regularly within a service contract. For the result quality important machines are available in a redundant spare setup to allow the lock of an analysis system without total loss of actionability and sample integrity. All documents of the quality management system like written resources, standard operation manuals, lists, process descriptions and so on are online available throughout all working stations and thus guarantees unitized handling. Personal is permanent under continuing education and working procedures are optimized through internal and external audits.

BioTeSys GmbH

Die BioTeSys GmbH in Esslingen ( wurde 1999 gegründet und ist ein Spin-Off des Instituts für Biologische Chemie und Ernährungswissenschaften der Universität Hohenheim. BioTeSys ist Partner bei der Entwicklung und Umsetzung neuer Konzepte auf den Gebieten Kosmetik, Nahrungsmittel, und Consumer Health Care/OTC. Das Angebot umfasst Screening-Verfahren zur Erfassung des bioaktiven Potentials von Substanzen oder Substanzgemischen, in vitro-Testverfahren unter Verwendung von Einzelzellkulturen, Co-Kulturen und verschiedenen Organmodellen sowie klinische Studien. BioTeSys ist nach ISO 9001:2000 zertifiziert; die Abteilung Analytik mit den Schwerpunkten HPLC und Photometrie ist zusätzlich nach DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 akkreditiert. Alle verwendeten Messverfahren und Versuchsparameter sind auf physiologische Vorgaben hin entwickelt und optimiert. Die Ergebnisse und erhobenen Wirkkonzentrationen haben dadurch unmittelbare Aussagekraft für die Einschätzung biologischer Wirkungen.

Als kompletter Dienstleister auf dem Gebiet der biologischen und chemischen Analyse bietet das Unternehmen ein sehr weitreichendes Service-Angebot einschließlich der Entwicklung neuer Verfahren und Produkte im Kundenauftrag.