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Int J Mass Spectrom. 2011 Aug 15;305(2-3):103-109.

Analysis of Diacylglycerol Molecular Species in Cellular Lipid Extracts by Normal-Phase LC-Electrospray Mass Spectrometry.

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Department of Pharmacology, University of Colorado Denver, Mail Stop 8303, 12801 E. 17 Avenue Aurora, CO 80045.


The quantitative determination of 48 molecular species of regioisomeric diacylglycerols has been made in a single analysis of an extract of bone marrow derived macrophages. The analytical procedure involves solvent extraction of neutral lipids, including diacylglycerols, derivatization of free hydroxyl moieties as 2,4-difluorophenyl urethane, and analysis by normal phase liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. The derivatization step not only prevents fatty acyl group migration, thus allowing determination of both 1,2- and 1,3-diacylglycerols, but also yields species that are sensitively and uniquely determined by constant neutral loss mass spectrometry. The method also detected monoacylglycerols, which were characterized by unique retention time and collisional spectra, and were present in mouse bone marrow derived macrophage extracts.

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