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Rapid In Situ Profiling of Lipid C═C Location Isomers in Tissue Using Ambient Mass Spectrometry with Photochemical Reactions

Tang, Fei, Guo, Chengan, Ma, Xiaoxiao, Zhang, Jian, Su, Yuan, Tian, Ran, Shi, Riyi, Xia, Yu, Wang, Xiaohao, Ouyang, Zheng
Analytical chemistry 2018 v.90 no.9 pp. 5612-5619
biomarkers, brain, chemical bonding, ions, isomers, kidneys, lipids, liver, lungs, mass spectrometry, photochemical reactions, rats, sampling, spleen, tissue analysis
Rapid and in situ profiling of lipids using ambient mass spectrometry (AMS) techniques has great potential for clinical diagnosis, biological studies, and biomarker discovery. In this study, the online photochemical reaction involving carbon–carbon double bonds was coupled with a surface sampling technique to develop a direct tissue-analysis method with specificity to lipid C═C isomers. This method enabled the in situ analysis of lipids from the surface of various tissues or tissue sections, which allowed the structural characterization of lipid isomers within 2 min. Under optimized reaction conditions, we have established a method for the relative quantitation of lipid C═C location isomers by comparing the abundances of the diagnostic ions arising from each isomer, which has been proven effective through the established linear relationship (R² = 0.999) between molar ratio and diagnostic ion ratio of the FA 18:1 C═C location isomers. This method was then used for the rapid profiling of unsaturated lipid C═C isomers in the sections of rat brain, lung, liver, spleen, and kidney, as well as in normal and diseased rat tissues. Quantitative information on FA 18:1 and PC 16:0–18:1 C═C isomers was obtained, and significant differences were observed between different samples. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study to report the direct analysis of lipid C═C isomers in tissues using AMS. Our results demonstrated that this method can serve as a rapid analytical approach for the profiling of unsaturated lipid C═C isomers in biological tissues and should contribute to functional lipidomics and clinical diagnosis.