Recommendations for good practice in ms-based lipidomics

Harald C. Köfeler, Robert Ahrends, Erin S. Baker, Kim Ekroos, Xianlin Han, Nils Hoffmann, Michal Holcapek, Markus R. Wenk, Gerhard Liebisch

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In the last 2 decades, lipidomics has become one of the fastest expanding scientific disciplines in biomedical research. With an increasing number of new research groups to the field, it is even more important to design guidelines for assuring high standards of data quality. The Lipidomics Standards Initiative is a community-based endeavor for the coordination of development of these best practice guidelines in lipidomics and is embedded within the International Lipidomics Society. It is the intention of this review to highlight the most quality-relevant aspects of the lipidomics workflow, including preanalytics, sample preparation, MS, and lipid species identification and quantitation. Furthermore, this review just does not only highlights examples of best practice but also sheds light on strengths, drawbacks, and pitfalls in the lipidomic analysis workflow. While this review is neither designed to be a step-by-step protocol by itself nor dedicated to a specific application of lipidomics, it should nevertheless provide the interested reader with links and original publications to obtain a comprehensive overview concerning the state-of-the-art practices in the field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100138
JournalJournal of lipid research
StatePublished - 2021


  • Chromatography
  • Ion mobility spectrometry
  • LC-MS
  • Lipid identification
  • Lipidomics
  • MS
  • Metabolomics
  • Phospholipids
  • Sphingolipids

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology
  • Cell Biology


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