Multidimensional mass spectrometry-based shotgun lipidomics

Miao Wang, Xianlin Han

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Multidimensional mass spectrometry-based shotgun lipidomics (MDMS-SL) has become a foundational analytical technology platform among current lipidomics practices due to its high efficiency, sensitivity, and reproducibility, as well as its broad coverage. This platform has been broadly used to determine the altered content and/or composition of lipid classes, subclasses, and individual molecular species induced by diseases, genetic manipulations, drug treatments, and aging, among others. Herein, we briefly discuss the principles underlying this technology and present a protocol for routine analysis of many of the lipid classes and subclasses covered by MDMS-SL directly from lipid extracts of biological samples. In particular, lipid sample preparation from a variety of biological materials, which is one of the key components of MDMS-SL, is described in detail. The protocol for mass spectrometric analysis can readily be expanded for analysis of other lipid classes not mentioned as long as appropriate sample preparation is conducted, and should aid researchers in the field to better understand and manage the technology for analysis of cellular lipidomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-220
Number of pages18
JournalMethods in Molecular Biology
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Direct infusion
  • Intrasource separation
  • Lipidome
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Shotgun lipidomics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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