Immunoglobulin G (IgG) glycans are emerging as a new putative biomarker for biological age and different diseases, requiring a robust workflow for IgG glycome analysis, ideally beginning with a simple and undemanding sampling procedure. Here, we report the first comprehensive study on total N-glycans of IgG isolated from dried blood spots (DBSs), which was performed in a high-throughput mode. We compared the IgG N-glycan profiles originating from DBS with those originating from plasma, compared different media for DBS collection, evaluated analytical variation and assessed IgG N-glycan profile stability for different storage conditions. In conclusion, we show that DBSs are a good and stable source material for a robust IgG N-glycan analysis by ultra-performance liquid chromatography, suitable for blood sampling in conditions where no trained personnel and necessary laboratory equipment are available.
Keywords: IgG glycome; biomarker; dried blood spots; high-throughput; ultra-performance liquid chromatography.
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