Lipidomics by HILIC-Ion Mobility-Mass Spectrometry

  • Amy Li
  • Kelly M. Hines
  • Libin XuEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 2084)


Lipidomics is a rapidly growing field that enables the characterization of the entire lipidome in cells, tissues, or an organism. Changes in lipid metabolism and homeostasis caused by different disease states or drug treatments can be probed by lipidomics experiments, which can aid our understanding of normal physiology and disease pathology at the molecular level. While current technologies using liquid chromatography coupled with high-resolution mass spectrometry have greatly increased coverage of the lipidome, there are still limitations in resolving the large number of lipid species with similar masses in a narrow mass window. We recently reported that two orthogonal separation techniques, hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC) and ion mobility (IM), enhance the resolution of lipid species based on headgroup polarity and gas-phase size and shape, respectively, of various classes of glycerolipids, glycolipids, phospholipids, and sphingolipids. Here we describe the application of our HILIC-IM-MS lipidomics protocol to the analysis of lipid extracts derived from either tissues or cells, to identify significant changes in the lipidome in response to an internal or external stimulus, such as exposure to environmental chemicals.

Key words

Hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography Ion mobility Mass spectrometry Lipidomics Collision cross section 



This work was supported by grants from National Institutes of Health (R00HD073270 and R01HD092659). A.L. is an appointed trainee of the Pharmacological Sciences Training Program funded by the National Institutes of Health (T32GM007750).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medicinal ChemistryUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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