Ultra-Performance Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry Targeted Profiling of Bile Acids: Application to Serum, Liver Tissue, and Cultured Cells of Different Species

  • Juan Carlos García-Cañaveras
  • María Teresa Donato
  • Agustín Lahoz
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1198)


Currently, there is increasing interest in developing accurate methods for the quantitative analysis of bile acids (BAs) in biological samples. We have developed a sensitive, fast, and reproducible UPLC-MRM-MS method for BA profiling in serum, liver tissue, or cultured cells of different species (human, rat, and mouse). This method, validated according to FDA guidelines, allows the quantification of 12 non-conjugated, 8 glycine-conjugated, and 11 taurine-conjugated BAs, using 5 additional deuterated BAs as internal standards in a single analytical run. The main features of this analytical approach are its high sensitivity, low sample requirements, versatility, and comprehensive capacity to profile a considerable number of BAs in samples of different species, which make it a valuable tool with potential applications in many research areas focusing on BAs, particularly in toxicological studies.

Key words

Bile acids Metabolomics Targeted analysis UPLC-MS LC-MS Cholic acid Muricholic acid Conjugated bile acids 



This work has been supported by the Instituto de Salud Carlos III of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (PI10/00923 and PI11/02942). A.L. is grateful for a Miguel Server contract (CP08/00125) from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation/Instituto de Salud Carlos III. J.C.G.C. is grateful for a predoctoral contract from the Vali + d program of the Conselleria d’Educació (Regional Valencian Ministry of Education).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juan Carlos García-Cañaveras
    • 1
    • 2
  • María Teresa Donato
    • 3
    • 1
  • Agustín Lahoz
    • 4
  1. 1.Biomarkers and Metabolmics Unidad de Hepatología Experimental, Instituto de Investigación SanitariaFundación Hospital La FeValenciaSpain
  2. 2.Departamento de Bioquímica y Biología Molecular, Facultad de MedicinaUniversidad de ValenciaValenciaSpain
  3. 3.Unidad de Hepatología Experimental, Instituto de Investigación SanitariaFundación Hospital La FeValenciaSpain
  4. 4.Biomarkers and Metabolomics Unidad de Hepatología Experimental, Instituto de Investigación SanitariaFundación Hospital La FeValenciaSpain

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