Analysis of coenzyme Q10 in human plasma by high performance liquid chromatography

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  • Received : 2009.07.24
  • Accepted : 2009.11.09
  • Published : 2009.12.25


Coenzyme $Q_{10}$($CoQ_{10}$), a vitamin E-like substance, represents a components of the complex antioxidant system of the human organism. $CoQ_{10}$ levels in human plasma were determined by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with UV detection. It was dissociated from lipoproteins by methanol and extracted into n-hexane with liquid-liquid extraction procedure, after centrifugation, the supernatant was dried under nitrogen gas stream. The residue was dissolved in the absolute ethanol. Determination of $CoQ_{10}$ was performed on a $C_{18}$ reversed-phase analytical column with ultraviolet detection at 275 nm and the mobile phase containing 15% (v/v) ethanol in methanol at a flow rate of 1.7 mL/min. The low limit of quantitation was 0.02 mg/L (S/N=10), the linearity between the concentration and peak height is from 0.1 to 2.0 mg/L. Twenty-four randomly selected plasma samples from apparently healthy, 27 to 44 year old individuals (males and females) were analyzed for total $CoQ_{10}$. The average level in these subjects was $0.62{\pm}0.13mg/L$ with the range of 0.41-0.98 mg/L. This method has a specific and a sufficient limit of quantitation (LOQ) for analysis of $CoQ_{10}$ in human plasma in both a clinical study and research at laboratories.


coenzyme $Q_{10}$;antioxidant;micronutrients


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