Clinical adaptation of a high-performance liquid chromatographic method for the assay of pyridoxal 5'-phosphate in human plasma

J Chromatogr B Biomed Sci Appl. 2001 Feb 25;751(2):383-7. doi: 10.1016/s0378-4347(00)00496-5.


Vitamin B6, measured as pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (PLP), is a co-enzyme in the transsulfuration pathway of homocysteine metabolism. Since depletion of PLP has been suggested as an independent risk factor for coronary artery disease, PLP is frequently measured to guide patient care. By a change and utilization of an Aquasil C18 column and the addition of an acetonitrile clean-up gradient to the potassium phosphate, with sodium perchlorate and bisulfite buffer between samples we report the modification of a previously described method for analysis of PLP. The result is a more practical, efficient, reliable and robust method for daily clinical use. We also determined and report that it is critical to protect freshly prepared standard PLP samples from light exposure during assay preparation.

MeSH terms

  • Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid / methods*
  • Humans
  • Pyridoxal Phosphate / blood*
  • Reproducibility of Results


  • Pyridoxal Phosphate