Special Issue "Metabolomic Methodology"

A special issue of Metabolites (ISSN 2218-1989).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2015)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Per Bruheim

Department of Biotechnology and Food Science, NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology, N-7491 Trondheim, Norway
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Interests: mass spectrometry; metabolomics; metabolic engineering; secondary metabolites; biomakers

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

A metabolomic study is divided into several steps: quenching/inactivation of metabolism, metabolite extraction and sample processing, quantitative or qualitative analysis, data analysis, and finally interpretation of data in a biological context. The sampling steps must be optimized for the chosen analytical platform, and many alternative strategies have been presented. Mass spectrometry (MS) and NMR are the two main technologies employed in metabolomic studies, the former usually with chromatographic separation of the metabolites prior to MS detection. There have been significant developments in metabolomic methodology over recent years, in parallel with improvements in instrumentation. However, there must be a continuous focus on further improvement of existing methodology as well as developing new technologies. Here, we call for manuscripts that present developments any of the steps in a metabolomic study.

Dr. Per Bruheim
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • methodology
  • mass spectrometry
  • NMR, chromatography
  • quenching and extraction
  • sample processing
  • data normalization

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Open AccessArticle An Efficient Single Phase Method for the Extraction of Plasma Lipids
Metabolites 2015, 5(2), 389-403; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo5020389
Received: 17 April 2015 / Revised: 4 June 2015 / Accepted: 8 June 2015 / Published: 17 June 2015
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Abstract
Lipidomic approaches are now widely used to investigate the relationship between lipid metabolism, health and disease. Large-scale lipidomics studies typically aim to quantify hundreds to thousands of lipid molecular species in a large number of samples. Consequently, high throughput methodology that can efficiently
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Lipidomic approaches are now widely used to investigate the relationship between lipid metabolism, health and disease. Large-scale lipidomics studies typically aim to quantify hundreds to thousands of lipid molecular species in a large number of samples. Consequently, high throughput methodology that can efficiently extract a wide range of lipids from biological samples is required. Current methods often rely on extraction in chloroform:methanol with or without two phase partitioning or other solvents, which are often incompatible with liquid chromatography electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry (LC ESI-MS/MS). Here, we present a fast, simple extraction method that is suitable for high throughput LC ESI-MS/MS. Plasma (10 μL) was mixed with 100 μL 1-butanol:methanol (1:1 v/v) containing internal standards resulting in efficient extraction of all major lipid classes (including sterols, glycerolipids, glycerophospholipids and sphingolipids). Lipids were quantified using positive-ion mode LC ESI-MS/MS. The method showed high recovery (>90%) and reproducibility (%CV < 20%). It showed a strong correlation of all lipid measures with an established chloroform:methanol extraction method (R2 = 0.976). This method uses non-halogenated solvents, requires no drying or reconstitution steps and is suitable for large-scale LC ESI-MS/MS-based lipidomic analyses in research and clinical laboratories. Full article
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