Ascorbate is one of the major antioxidant metabolites in plant tissues. This protocol describes a microplate-adapted colorimetric ascorbate assay, in which ferric ion is reduced by ascorbate to the ferrous ion. The ferrous ion reacts with α-ά-bipyridl to form a complex with characteristic absorbance at 525 nm. With the chemical reduction of any dehydroascorbate (DHA) in a sample, total ascorbate can be assayed using the α-ά-bipyridl method, and DHA can be estimated by subtracting the reduced portion from the total ascorbate pool. The assay is performed in microcentrifuge tubes and assessed in a 96-well plate reader. Reduced ascorbate, DHA and total ascorbate of at least 64 experimental samples can be analyzed easily in 1 d.
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- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)