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Journal of chromatography. B, Analytical technologies in the biomedical and life sciences

A rapid and precise method for quantification of fatty acids in human serum cholesteryl esters by liquid chromatography and tandem mass spectrometry.


PMID 24820975

Abstract

We described a rapid and precise method for simultaneous quantification of eleven fatty acids in human serum cholesteryl esters (CEFAs) by liquid chromatography and tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). After extraction of serum lipids with isopropanol, CEFAs were separated on reversed phase liquid chromatography and detected by mass spectrometry in positive ion mode with multiple reaction monitor. Individual CEFA was quantified by peak area normalization method and expressed as molar percent of total CEFAs. The run time was less than 5 min and detection limits were from 0.31 to 14.50 × 10(-5)mmol/L. Recoveries of the CEFAs ranged from 91.85% to 104.83% with a mean of 99.12%. The intra and total CVs for the measurement of CEFAs were 0.87-7.70% and 1.02-7.65%, respectively. This LC-MS/MS method required no internal standards, eliminated natural isotope interferences, and provided reproducible and reliable results for 11 major CEFAs in human serum. This method can be used in monitoring and evaluating dietary fatty acid intake. Additional studies are needed to evaluate the associations between serum CEFAs and cardiovascular disease risk factors.