Lipidomics pp 3-18

Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 579)

Examination of the Brain Mitochondrial Lipidome Using Shotgun Lipidomics

  • Michael A. Kiebish
  • Xianlin Han
  • Thomas N. Seyfried


Contamination from subcellular organelles and myelin has hindered attempts to characterize the lipidome of brain mitochondria. A high degree of mitochondrial purity is required for accurate measurements of the content and molecular species composition of mitochondrial lipids. We devised a discontinuous Ficoll and sucrose gradient procedure for the isolation and purification of brain mitochondria free from any detectable contamination. Shotgun lipidomics was used to analyze the lipid composition of the brain mitochondria. These procedures can be used to determine whether intrinsic lipid abnormalities underlie mitochondrial dysfunction associated with neurological and neurodegenerative diseases.

Key words

Nonsynaptic Synaptic Mitochondria Brain Lipidome 

Copyright information

© Humana Press, a part of Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael A. Kiebish
    • 1
  • Xianlin Han
    • 2
  • Thomas N. Seyfried
    • 3
  1. 1.Biology DepartmentBoston CollegeBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Internal MedicineWashington University School of MedicineSt. LouisUSA
  3. 3.Department of BiologyBoston CollegeChestnut HillUSA

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