Author(s): Mano N, Oda Y, Yamada K, Asakawa N, Katayama K
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Abstract Sphingolipid metabolites ceramide, sphingomyelin, sphingosine, psycosine, sphingosylphosphorylcholine, and dimethylsphingosine were separated and simulataneously quantitated by liquid chromatography/ionspray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/ MS). The use of glassware throughout minimized losses due to adsorption and the pretreatment of this method consisted of simple liquid-liquid extraction procedure with a mixture of chloroform and methanol. After separation on a short C18 silica column eluted in a gradient mode, the metabolites were detected by MS/ MS. This assay allows simultaneously quantification of these metabolites over a range of at least 0.1 to 100 ng/ 10(6) cells. The LC/MS/MS analyses took 10 to 15 min per sample and we could examine up to 50 samples per day. We also detected endogenous sphingosine 1-phosphate in HL-60 cells. The utility of the method was demonstrated by examining changes in metabolites levels in HL-60 cells after treatment with sphingomyelinase. It was found that sphingomyelinase from Bacillus cereus may have selectivity for acyl chain length.
This article was published in Anal Biochem
and referenced in Journal of Glycomics & Lipidomics