alexa Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry methods for structural analysis of fatty acids.
Bioinformatics & Systems Biology

Bioinformatics & Systems Biology

Journal of Glycomics & Lipidomics

Author(s): Christie WW

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Abstract Procedures for structural analysis of fatty acids are reviewed. The emphasis is on methods that involve gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and, in particular, the use of picolinyl ester and dimethyloxazoline derivatives. These should be considered as complementing each other, not simply as alternatives. However, additional derivatization procedures can be of value, including hydrogenation and deuteration, and preparation of dimethyl disulfide and 4-methyl-1,2,4-triazoline-3,5-dione adducts. Sometimes complex mixtures must be separated into simpler fractions prior to analysis by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Silver ion and reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography are then of special value. In particular, a novel application of the latter technique, involving a base-deactivated stationary phase and acetonitrile as mobile phase, is described that is suited to the separation of fatty acids in the form of picolinyl ester and dimethyloxazoline derivatives, as well as methyl esters.

This article was published in Lipids and referenced in Journal of Glycomics & Lipidomics

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