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Anal Biochem. 1989 Sep;181(2):276-82.

Ascorbic acid analysis using high-performance liquid chromatography with coulometric electrochemical detection.

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Laboratory of Cell Biology and Genetics, National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases, Bethesda, Maryland 20892.


A method for the detection of ascorbic acid using high-performance liquid chromatography with coulometric electrochemical detection and a technique for stabilization of the vitamin are described. Since less than 1 pmol of ascorbic acid can be detected, this assay provides significantly greater sensitivity than nearly all of the currently available procedures. Stabilization of 10 pmol or less of ascorbic acid at room temperature for up to 4 h and for several weeks at -70 degrees C facilitates storage of a large number of samples and measurement of ascorbic acid using an automated sampling device. This method was used to quantitate the amounts of ascorbic acid in human polymorphonuclear leukocytes and bovine adrenomedullary chromaffin granules. The calculated concentrations found for human neutrophils (1.35 mM) and bovine chromaffin granules (10.0 mM) are in agreement with previously published data. The assay is suitable for the determination of ascorbic acid in biological samples where only a small amount of tissue is available or very low amounts of ascorbic acid are found. This method is the first application of coulometric electrochemical detection to ascorbic acid HPLC analysis.

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