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Liquid Chromatography–Tandem Mass Spectrometry for the Determination of Sphingomyelin Species from Calf Brain, Ox Liver, Egg Yolk, and Krill Oil

In this study, molecular species of sphingomyelin (SM) in egg yolk, calf brain, ox liver, and krill oil were investigated. Classes of phospholipids (PLs) were purified, identified, and quantified by normal phase semipreparative high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) combined with evaporative light scattering detectors (ELSD). For SM molecular species identification, pure SM collected through a flow splitter was loaded to HPLC–electrospray ionization–tandem mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS2), with 100% methanol containing 5 mM ammonium formate as mobile phase. In addition to classes of PLs, the used approach allowed the determination of profiles of SM species in egg yolk, ox liver, and calf brain, whereas krill oil turned out not to contain any SM. It also allowed the separation and identification of SM subclasses, as well as tentative identification of species with the same molecular mass, including isomers. The results showed that egg yolk contained the highest proportion of (d18:1–16:0)SM (94.1%). Th...

Authors:   Li Zhou; Minjie Zhao; Saïd Ennahar; Françoise Bindler; Eric Marchioni
Journal:   Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Year:   2011
DOI:   10.1021/jf203789u
Publication date:   22-Dec-2011
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