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Gelified Biofluids for High-Resolution Magic Angle Spinning 1H NMR Analysis: The Case of Urine

In this letter, we propose an alternative, effective protocol for metabolomic characterization of biofluids based on their gelification and subsequent application of high-resolution magic angle spinning (HRMAS) 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). The sample handling is very rapid and reproducible, and much less than 40 μL of neat urine are needed to obtain a sample. Our results indicate that the HRMAS spectra of gelified urine encompass all metabolites in the NMR fingerprint, as observed by solution NMR. The proposed approach can be efficiently integrated into the NMR based metabolomics analyses routines: multivariate statistical analysis of both solution and HRMAS data produced very similar statistical models, with high classification accuracy. One of the key advantages offered by the gelification approach is the improved short-term (up to 24 h) preservation of nonfrozen HRMAS NMR gel urine samples compared to the solution samples, which could lead to an alternative way for transportation or domestic co...

Authors:   Panteleimon G. Takis; Leonardo Tenori; Enrico Ravera; Claudio Luchinat
Journal:   Analytical Chemistry
Year:   2017
DOI:   10.1021/acs.analchem.6b04318
Publication date:   05-Jan-2017
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  • metabolomics
  • metabolites
  • lead
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