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Targeted Metabolomics of Dried Blood Spot Extracts


Dried blood spot (DBS) samples are already successfully used in newborn screening and pharmacological analyses. The application of DBS matrix to further metabolomic methods will considerably extend the analytical options for the diagnostics of metabolic diseases. We present an MS/MS based method for the simultaneous extraction and quantification of 188 metabolites from dried blood spots. We provide a sensitive and reproducible method that adapts the AbsoluteIDQ™ p180 kit of Biocrates to the DBS matrix for the quantification of metabolites of different substance classes including amino acids, biogenic amines, free carnitine, acylcarnitines, hexoses, glycerophospholipids, lysophosphatidylcholines, phosphatidylcholines, and sphingolipids.

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We thank Julia Scarpa, Katharina Sckell, Werner Römisch-Margl, and Andrea Nefzger for metabolomics measurements performed at the Helmholtz Zentrum München, Genome Analysis Center, Metabolomics Core Facility. This study was supported in part by a grant from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to the German Center Diabetes Research (DZD e.V.).

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Zukunft, S., Sorgenfrei, M., Prehn, C. et al. Targeted Metabolomics of Dried Blood Spot Extracts. Chromatographia 76, 1295–1305 (2013).

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  • Dried blood spots
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Targeted metabolomics
  • Lipids
  • Metabolite quantification