Analysis of monohexosyl alkyl (alkenyl)-acyl glycerol in brain samples by shotgun lipidomics

Chunyan Wang, Jianing Wang, Chao Qin, Xianlin Han*

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Lipid species possess very different structures, leading to their very diversified cellular functions in biological systems. Lipidomics represents a powerful technology for deep analysis of hundreds to thousands of intact lipid molecular species. In the current study, a cluster of unknown ion peaks was displayed when we profiled cerebroside species in rat spinal cord samples by neutral loss scan of 162 Da in the positive ion mode using a multi-dimensional mass spectrometry-based shotgun lipidomics strategy. In order to identify the structural identities of these unknown ion peaks, MS2 and MS3 analyses of these ions were performed by high mass resolution mass spectrometry. Extensive lines of evidence allowed us to identify that these unknown ion peaks were monohexosyl alkyl-acyl glycerol (HAAG) species, including their sn-positional isomers and alkyl-acyl compositional isomers. We also applied the developed method to identify and quantify HAAG species present in a variety of mouse nerve tissues. We believe that the first kind of lipidomics study on HAAG species present in mammalian nerve tissue samples provided the foundation for future biological research in this unknown area.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-149
Number of pages7
JournalAnalytica Chimica Acta
Early online date24 Jul 2020
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sept 2020

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy

User-Defined Keywords

  • Glycolipids
  • Lipids
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Monohexosyl alkyl-acyl glycerol
  • Neurodegeneration
  • Shotgun lipidomics


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