Quantitative profiling of phospholipids by multiple precursor ion scanning on a hybrid quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometer

Anal Chem. 2002 Mar 1;74(5):941-9. doi: 10.1021/ac015655c.


A hybrid quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometer featured with ion trapping capabilities was employed for quantitative profiling of total extracts of endogenous phospholipids. Simultaneous acquisition of precursor ion spectra of multiple fragment ions allowed detection of major classes of phospholipids in a single experiment. Relative changes in their concentration were monitored using a mixture of isotopically labeled endogenous lipids as a comprehensive internal standard. Precursor ion scanning spectra were acquired simultaneously for acyl anions of major fatty acids in negative ion mode and identified the fatty acid moieties and their relative position at the glycerol backbone in individual lipid species. Taken together, a combination of multiple precursor ion scans allowed quantitative monitoring of major perturbation in phospholipid composition and elucidating of molecular heterogeneity of individual lipid species.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Line
  • Dogs
  • Fatty Acids / analysis
  • Indicators and Reagents
  • Oleic Acid / analysis
  • Phospholipids / analysis*
  • Spectrometry, Mass, Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption-Ionization


  • Fatty Acids
  • Indicators and Reagents
  • Phospholipids
  • Oleic Acid