Quantitative analysis of phosphatidylcholine in rat liver tissue by nanoflow liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry

Eun Jeong Ahn, Hanna Kim, Bong Chul Chung, Myeong Hee Moon

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A quantitative method was developed for the determination of phosphatidylcholine (PC) species concentration using nanoflow LC-ESI-MS/ MS. In this study, a calibration method is developed to determine the effect of PC carbon chain length on MS peak intensity. Using the multiple standard addition method, a relationship between the peak intensities of different PC species from nanoflow LC-MS and carbon chain length is established first using different injection amounts of PC standards. From this relationship, a calibration curve for each carbon chain length can be obtained for the concentration calculation. It was found that the MS peak area of PC species analyzed by nanoflow LC-MS linearly decreased with increased acyl carbon numbers, and that the effect of the degree of acyl chain unsaturation on MS peak intensity was minimized when the injection amount was maintained at less than 1 pmol. The method was applied for the quantitative calculation of 34 PC species from rat liver, which were identified from data-dependent MS/MS analysis during nanoflow LC separation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2598-2604
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Separation Science
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Nov 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Filtration and Separation

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