Volume 25, Issue 1 (January 1980)
The Simultaneous Identification of Seminal Acid Phosphatase and Phosphoglucomutase by Starch Gel Electrophoresis
Although elevated acid phosphatase (AP) activity in vaginal fluid is a consistent indicator for semen, differentiation between vaginal AP and seminal AP provides a more meaningful result. Detection of seminal AP in mixtures of vaginal AP, feces, and blood is accomplished by starch gel electrophoresis, employing the substrate thymolphthalein monophosphate as a selective visualization agent. Genetic phosphoglucomutase isoenzymes are simultaneously separated by this method and allow differentiation in some semen/vaginal fluid mixtures.