Low-molecular-weight (LMW) thiols are a class of highly reactive compounds due to their thiol moiety. They play important roles in the maintenance of cellular redox homeostasis, detoxification, and development. Monobromobimane (mBBr) is weakly fluorescent but selectively reacts with thiols to yield highly fluorescent thioethers (mBSR) products, which is especially useful for the quantification of LMW thiols. The stable mBSR products can be separated by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) equipped with a fluorescent detector. The main cellular LMW thiols are L-cysteine, gamma-glutamylcysteine, and glutathione (GSH). The following protocol describes the extraction and quantification of L-cysteine, gamma-glutamylcysteine, and glutathione from Arabidopsis tissues as reported (Xiang and Oliver, 1998; Zhao et al., 2014; Wang et al., 2015) with minor revision. Modifications may be required if the HPLC system or the C18 column is different.
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