Analytical chemistry

High-Throughput and Comprehensive Lipidomic Analysis Using Ultrahigh-Performance Supercritical Fluid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry.

PMID 26095628


New analytical approach for high-throughput and comprehensive lipidomic analysis of biological samples using ultrahigh-performance supercritical fluid chromatography (UHPSFC) with electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) is presented in this work as an alternative approach to established shotgun MS or high-performance liquid chromatography-MS. The lipid class separation is performed by UHPSFC method based on 1.7 μm particle-bridged ethylene hybrid silica column with a gradient of methanol-water-ammonium acetate mixture as a modifier. All parameters of UHPSFC conditions are carefully optimized and their influence on the chromatographic behavior of lipids is discussed. The final UHPSFC/ESI-MS method enables a fast separation of 30 nonpolar and polar lipid classes within 6 min analysis covering 6 main lipid categories including fatty acyls, glycerolipids, glycerophospholipids, sphingolipids, sterols, and prenols. Individual lipid species within lipid classes are identified based on positive and negative-ion full-scan and tandem mass spectra measured with high mass accuracy and high resolving power. Developed UHPSFC/ESI-MS method is applied for the analysis of porcine brain extract as a complex lipidomic sample, where 24 lipid classes containing 436 lipid species are identified. The method is validated for the quantitative analysis of lipid species in biological tissues using internal standards for each lipid class. This high-throughput, comprehensive and accurate UHPSFC/ESI-MS method is suitable for the lipidomic analysis of large sample sets in the clinical research.