Lipidomics pp 201-219 | Cite as

Lipidomic Analysis of Biological Samples by Liquid Chromatography Coupled to Mass Spectrometry

  • Giuseppe Astarita
  • Faizy Ahmed
  • Daniele Piomelli
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 579)


Lipidomics studies the large-scale changes in nonwater-soluble metabolites (lipids) accompanying perturbations of biological systems. Because lipids are involved in crucial biological mechanisms, there is a growing scientific interest in using lipidomic approaches to understand the regulation of the lipid meta-bolism in all eukaryotic and prokaryotic organisms. Lipidomics is a powerful tool in system biology that can be used together with genomics, transcriptomics, and proteomics to answer biological questions arising from various scientific areas such as environmental sciences, pharmacology, nutrition, biophysics, cell biology, physiology, pathology, and disease diagnostics. One of the main challenges for lipidomic analysis is the range of concentrations and chemical complexity of different lipid species. In this chapter, we present a lipidomic approach that combines sample preparation, chromatographic, and intrasource ionization separation coupled to mass spectrometry for analyzing a broad-range of lipid molecules in biological samples.

Key words

Lipidomics Lipids Liquid chromatography mass spectrometry Fatty acids Phospholipids Cholesterol Lipid profile Lipid biomarkers Large-scale analysis 



The contribution of the Agilent Technologies/University of California Irvine Analytical Discovery Facility, Center for Drug Discovery and the Agilent Technologies Foundation are gratefully acknowledged. This work was supported by grants from the National Institute of Health (R21DA-022702, R01DK-073955, R01 DA-012413, R01DA-012447, RR274–297/3504008, RR274–305/3505998, 1RL1AA017538 to D.P.).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giuseppe Astarita
    • 1
  • Faizy Ahmed
    • 2
  • Daniele Piomelli
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PharmacologyUniversity of California – IrvineIrvineUSA
  2. 2.Agilent Technologies, Irvine/Agilent Analytical Discovery FacilityUniversity of California – IrvineIrvineUSA

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