The determination of ascorbic acid and uric acid in human seminal plasma using an HPLC with UV detection

J Chromatogr B Analyt Technol Biomed Life Sci. 2011 Sep 15;879(26):2834-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jchromb.2011.08.007. Epub 2011 Aug 16.


Oxidative stress has been proposed as one of the potential causes for infertility in men. Ascorbic acid and uric acid play important role in protection of spermatozoa against free radicals. A method for the simultaneous determination of ascorbic acid and uric acid in human seminal plasma using HPLC with UV detection and investigation their clinical significance as antioxidants protecting male germ cells against oxidative damage are described. Semen samples were obtained from consecutive male partners of couples presenting for a fertility evaluation. After liquefaction, the samples were centrifuged and the supernatants were diluted with dithiothreitol solution and after a filtration injected onto an analytical column. For the separation, a reverse-phase column MAG 1, 250 mm × 4.6 mm, Labiospher PSI 100 C18, 5 μm, was used. The mixture of ethanol and 25 mmol/L sodium dihydrogenphosphate (2.5:97.5, v/v), pH 4.70 was used as a mobile phase. Analytical performance of this method is satisfactory for both ascorbic acid and uric acid: the intra-assay and inter-assay coefficients of variation were below 10%. Quantitative recoveries from spiked seminal plasma were between 92.1 and 102.1%. We have found no significant differences in both ascorbic acid and uric acid concentration between the smokers and non-smokers (351.0 ± 237.9 μmol/L and 323.7 ± 99.5 μmol/L vs. 444.8 ± 245.5 μmol/L and 316.6 ± 108.9 μmol/L, p>0.05). This assay is a simple and reproducible HPLC method for the simultaneous measurement of ascorbic acid and uric acid in human seminal plasma.

MeSH terms

  • Acetonitriles / chemistry
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Ascorbic Acid / analysis*
  • Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid / methods*
  • Chromatography, Reverse-Phase
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Semen / chemistry*
  • Smoking / metabolism
  • Spectrophotometry, Ultraviolet
  • Statistics, Nonparametric
  • Uric Acid / analysis*
  • Young Adult


  • Acetonitriles
  • Uric Acid
  • Ascorbic Acid
  • acetonitrile