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Nanoscale Ion-Pair Reversed-Phase HPLC−MS for Sensitive Metabolome Analysis


Kiefer, Patrick; Delmotte, Nathanaël; Vorholt, Julia A (2011). Nanoscale Ion-Pair Reversed-Phase HPLC−MS for Sensitive Metabolome Analysis. Analytical Chemistry, 83(3):850-855.

Abstract

In this article, we introduce a method using nanoscale ion-pair reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (nano-IP-RP-HPLC) hyphenated to nanoelectrospray ionization high-resolution mass spectrometry (nano-ESI-HRMS) to separate and identify metabolites in cell extracts. Separation of metabolites was performed on a 100 μm i.d. C18 column with tributylamine (TBA) as the ion-pairing reagent and methanol as the eluent. Basic pH (9.4) of the mobile phase was critical to achieve sufficient retention and sharp metabolite elution at a low concentration of TBA (1.7 mM). Limits of detection were determined for 54 standards with an LTQ-Orbitrap mass spectrometer to be in the upper attomole to low femtomole range for key metabolites such as nucleotides, phosphorylated sugars, organic acids, and coenzyme A thioesters in solvent as well as in a complex matrix. To further evaluate the method, metabolome analysis was performed injecting different amounts of biomass of the methylotroph model organism Methylobacterium extorquens AM1. A (12)C/(13)C labeling strategy was implemented to improve metabolite identification. Analysis of three biological replicates performed with 1.5 ng of cell dry weight biomass equivalents resulted in the identification of 20 ± 4 metabolites, and analysis of 150 ng allowed identifying 157 ± 5 metabolites from a large spectrum of metabolite classes.

Abstract

In this article, we introduce a method using nanoscale ion-pair reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (nano-IP-RP-HPLC) hyphenated to nanoelectrospray ionization high-resolution mass spectrometry (nano-ESI-HRMS) to separate and identify metabolites in cell extracts. Separation of metabolites was performed on a 100 μm i.d. C18 column with tributylamine (TBA) as the ion-pairing reagent and methanol as the eluent. Basic pH (9.4) of the mobile phase was critical to achieve sufficient retention and sharp metabolite elution at a low concentration of TBA (1.7 mM). Limits of detection were determined for 54 standards with an LTQ-Orbitrap mass spectrometer to be in the upper attomole to low femtomole range for key metabolites such as nucleotides, phosphorylated sugars, organic acids, and coenzyme A thioesters in solvent as well as in a complex matrix. To further evaluate the method, metabolome analysis was performed injecting different amounts of biomass of the methylotroph model organism Methylobacterium extorquens AM1. A (12)C/(13)C labeling strategy was implemented to improve metabolite identification. Analysis of three biological replicates performed with 1.5 ng of cell dry weight biomass equivalents resulted in the identification of 20 ± 4 metabolites, and analysis of 150 ng allowed identifying 157 ± 5 metabolites from a large spectrum of metabolite classes.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:Special Collections > SystemsX.ch
Special Collections > SystemsX.ch > Research, Technology and Development Projects > BattleX
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:17 Sep 2013 17:52
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:59
Publisher:American Chemical Society
ISSN:0003-2700
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1021/ac102445r

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