Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry

, Volume 399, Issue 2, pp 823–830 | Cite as

Shotgun lipidomics for candidate biomarkers of urinary phospholipids in prostate cancer

  • Hye Kyeong Min
  • Sangsoo Lim
  • Bong Chul Chung
  • Myeong Hee MoonEmail author
Original Paper


Qualitative and quantitative profiling of six different categories of urinary phospholipids (PLs) from patients with prostate cancer was performed to develop an analytical method for the discovery of candidate biomarkers by shotgun lipidomics method. Using nanoflow liquid chromatography–electrospray ionization–tandem mass spectrometry, we identified the molecular structures of a total of 70 PL molecules (21 phosphatidylcholines (PCs), 11 phosphatidylethanolamines (PEs), 17 phosphatidylserines (PSs), 11 phosphatidylinositols (PIs), seven phosphatidic acids, and three phosphatidylglycerols) from urine samples of healthy controls and prostate cancer patients by data-dependent collision-induced dissociation. Identified molecules were quantitatively examined by comparing the MS peak areas. From statistical analyses, one PC, one PE, six PSs, and two PIs among the PL species showed significant differences between controls and cancer patients (p < 0.05, Student’s t test), with concentration changes of more than threefold. Cluster analysis of both control and patient groups showed that 18:0/18:1-PS and 16:0/22:6-PS were 99% similar in upregulation and that the two PSs (18:1/18:0, 18:0/20:5) with two PIs (18:0/18:1 and 16:1/20:2) showed similar (>95%) downregulation. The total amount of each PL group was compared among prostate cancer patients according to the Gleason scale as larger or smaller than 6. It proposes that the current study can be utilized to sort out possible diagnostic biomarkers of prostate cancer.


Dendrogram of urinary phospholipids from prostate cancer


Phospholipids Quantitative analysis nLC–ESI–MS/MS Urine Prostate cancer Biomarker 



This study was supported by grant NRF-2008-2003136 and in part by grant NRF-2010-0014046 from the National Research Foundation of Korea.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hye Kyeong Min
    • 1
  • Sangsoo Lim
    • 1
  • Bong Chul Chung
    • 2
  • Myeong Hee Moon
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryYonsei UniversitySeoulSouth Korea
  2. 2.Life Sciences Division, Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST)SeoulSouth Korea

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