Analysis of oxidised and glycated aminophospholipids: Complete structural characterisation by C30 liquid chromatography-high resolution tandem mass spectrometry.


Mass Spectrometry Centre, Department of Chemistry & QOPNA, University of Aveiro, Campus Universitário de Santiago, 3810-193, Aveiro, Portugal. Electronic address: [Email]


The aminophospholipids (APL), phosphatidylethanolamine (PE) and phosphatidylserine (PS) are widely present in cell membranes and lipoproteins. Glucose and reactive oxygen species (ROS), such as the hydroxyl radical (•OH), can react with APL leading to an array of oxidised, glycated and glycoxidised derivatives. Modified APL have been implicated in inflammatory diseases and diabetes, and were identified as signalling molecules regulating cell death. However, the biological relevance of these molecules has not been completely established, since they are present in very low amounts, and new sensitive methodologies are needed to detect them in biological systems. Few studies have focused on the characterisation of APL modifications using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), mainly using C5 or C18 reversed phase (RP) columns. In the present study, we propose a new analytical approach for the characterisation of complex mixtures of oxidised, glycated and glycoxidised PE and PS. This LC approach was based on a reversed-phase C30 column combined with high-resolution MS, and higher energy C-trap dissociation (HCD) MS/MS. C30 RP-LC separated short and long fatty acyl oxidation products, along with glycoxidised APL bearing oxidative modifications on the glucose moiety and the fatty acyl chains. Functional isomers (e.g. hydroxy-hydroperoxy-APL and tri-hydroxy-APL) and positional isomers (e.g. 9-hydroxy-APL and 13-hydroxy-APL) were also discriminated by the method. HCD fragmentation patterns allowed unequivocal structural characterisation of the modified APL, and are translatable into targeted MS/MS fingerprinting of the modified derivatives in biological samples.


Glycation,Lipidomics,Mass spectrometry,Oxidation,Phosphatidylethanolamine,Phosphatidylserine,