Date of Award

Spring 1992

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Chemistry & Biochemistry



Committee Director

James Yuan

Committee Member

Patricia A. Pleban

Committee Member

Edward Wortham

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.C45 A92


Presently there is no single biochemical criterion for differentiating between a potentially fertile male and an infertile male. However, for evaluating male fertility the biochemical analysis of seminal plasma is a very convenient and quantitative technique if it is combined with careful clinical examination.

In seminal plasma analysis, fructose and proteins are chemical indicators of seminal vesicle activity, citric acid and acid phosphatase indicate prostate function while glycerolphosphorylcholine indicates epididymis activity. In this research these five indicators are studied and an attempt is made to establish their normal ranges.

This study shows that the data obtained from the seminal plasma analysis is comparable to that reported by other authors. The normal ranges from this study can be used for studying apparently abnormal or infertile males.


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