Department of Biochemistry

Analytical biochemistry

Research team

  • Zdeněk Glatz,

Project summary

In the last decade capillary electrokinetic separation techniques have become so powerful as to provide highly efficient separations and large peak capacities. Today the availability of sophisticated automated equipment for CZE makes the technique suitable for implementation in routine laboratories for the separation of a variety of molecules including metal ions, organic and inorganic ions, drugs, peptides, proteins and DNA fragments, even whole bacterial cells and viruses. Compared to chromatographic and other analyses, the capillary electrophoretic methods are rapid, can be automated, and require only small amounts of samples. Moreover, the analyses can be performed with high sensitivity and reproducibility. All of these parameters also imply the likelihood of CZE being one of the methods of choice for the determination of biologically active compounds from different sources.

Most important results or innovations

  • Application of CZE for analyses of biologically active compounds in medicinal plants.(Ref.1,2)
  • Application of CZE in clinical chemistry – determination of important thiols (homocysteine, cysteine) by „in-capillary“ derivatization (Ref.4,5)
  • Study of enzymes by EMMA (Electrophoretically Mediated MicroAnalysis) (Ref. 3,6)
  • Capillary electrochromatography in analytical biochemistry

Selected publications

  • Ševčíková, P., Glatz, Z., Slanina, J. Analysis of Artichoke (Cynara cardunculus L.) Extract by means of Micellar Electrokinetic Capillary Chromatography. Electrophoresis 23, 249 (2002).
  • Šterbová, H., Ševčíková, P., Kvasničková, L., Glatz, Z., Slanina, J. Determination of Lignans in Schisandra chinensis using Micellar Electrokinetic Capillary Chromatography. Electrophoresis 23, 253 (2002).
  • Nováková, S., Glatz, Z. Determination of Kinetic Parameters of Rhodanese by EMMA in Partially Filled Capillary. Electrophoresis 23, 1063 (2003).
  • Ševčíková, P., Glatz, Z., Tomandl, J. Determination of homocysteine in human plasma by MEKC and in-capillary detection reaction with 2,2-dipyridyldisulfide. J. Chromatogr. A 990, 197 (2003).
  • Ševčíková, P., Glatz, Z. Specific determination of cysteine in human urine by capillary micellar electrokinetic chromatography. J. Sep. Sci. 26, 734 (2003).
  • Nováková, S., Telnarová, M., Glatz, Z. Inhibition Study of Rhodanese by means of EMMA. J. Chromatogr. A. 990, 189 (2003).


  • Institute of Analytical and Instrumental Chemistry, Academy of Science CR Brno (dr.Kahle)
  • Biochemical Insitute, Faculty of Medicine MU (dr.Tomandl a dr.Slanina)
  • Laboratorium voor Farmaceutische Chemie en Analyse van Geneesmiddelen, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium (prof. Ann Van Schepdael)

Financial support

Capillary electrochromatography in monolithic columns GA CR 203/02/1447 Study of enzymes by capillary electrophoresis GACR 203/03/1125 3 projects from the Czech Ministry of Education

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