Tang 2012 Methods Mol Biol

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Tang PH, Miles MV (2012) Measurement of oxidized and reduced coenzyme Q in biological fluids, cells, and tissues: an HPLC-EC method. Methods Mol Biol 837:149-68.

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Tang PH, Miles MV (2012) Methods Mol Biol

Abstract: Direct measure of coenzyme Q (CoQ) in biological specimens may provide important advantages. Precise and selective high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) methods with electrochemical (EC) detection have been developed for the measurement of reduced (ubiquinol) and oxidized (ubiquinone) CoQ in biological fluids, cells, and tissues. EC detection is preferred for measurement of CoQ because of its high sensitivity. Reduced and oxidized CoQ are first extracted from biological specimens using 1-propanol. After centrifugation, the 1-propanol supernatant is directly injected into HPLC and monitored at a dual-electrode. The EC reactions occur at the electrode surface. The first electrode transforms ubiquinone into ubiquinol, and the second electrode measures the current produced by the oxidation of the hydroquinone group of ubiquinol. The methods described provide rapid, precise, and simple procedures for determination of reduced and oxidized CoQ in biological fluids, cells, and tissues. The methods have been successfully adapted to meet regulatory requirements for clinical laboratories, and have been proven reliable for analysis of clinical and research samples for clinical trials and animal studies involving large numbers of specimens.

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