Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Clin Chem. 1993 Nov;39(11 Pt 1):2229-34.

Simultaneous determination of vitamins A and E and carotenoids in plasma by reversed-phase HPLC in elderly and younger subjects.

Author information

Department of Chemical Pathology, Central Middlesex Hospital, London, UK.


A reversed-phase high-performance liquid-chromatographic method for the simultaneous determination of retinol, alpha-tocopherol, alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, cryptoxanthin, lutein/zeaxanthin, and lycopene is described. This method was applied to plasma measurements in healthy young and elderly subjects. The plasma, deproteinized with ethanol, is extracted twice with n-hexane. After evaporation, the residue is dissolved in 50 microL of tetrahydrofuran and made up to 200 microL with ethanol. Samples (50 microL) are injected onto a 250 x 4.6 mm column of 5-microns-particle Spherisorb ODS1 (Phase Separations) that had been equilibrated with solvent mixture A:B (90:10 by vol) [A = 100 mmol/L ammonium acetate in methanol: acetonitrile (80:20 by vol) and B = 100 mmol/L ammonium acetate in water] at 2 mL/min. The analytes are eluted by running a 12-min linear gradient to 100% A; solvent A is then maintained for 10 min. Intrabatch CVs were 2.3%, 3.3%, 2.8%, 3.6%, 3.6%, and 3.0% for retinol, alpha-tocopherol, lutein/zeaxanthin, cryptoxanthin, lycopene, and beta-carotene, respectively. The corresponding interbatch CVs were 4.9%, 5.8%, 12.3%, 6.5%, 8.0%, and 3.4%.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free full text
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for HighWire
    Loading ...
    Support Center