Determination of cysteine and cystine simultaneously by polarography

After the degradation of biological samples (e.g. milk, wool, etc.), it is often important to know the cystine/cysteine ratio. This Application Bulletin describes the simultaneous, polarographic determination of the two amino acids. The determination is performed in perchloric acid solution at the DME. Samples with a high protein content require that the determination is performed in an alkaline solution.