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Lipids. 1988 Dec;23(12):1146-9.

Rapid separation of neutral lipids, free fatty acids and polar lipids using prepacked silica Sep-Pak columns.

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Department of Pharmacology, Hoffmann-La Roche Inc., Nutley, NJ 07110.


A method is described for the separation of neutral lipid, free fatty acid and polar lipid classes using small (600 mg), prepacked silica Sep-Pak columns. Combinations of hexane and methyltertiarybutylether were used to progressively elute cholesteryl ester first then triglyceride from the column. After column acidification, fatty acids were eluted followed by cholesterol. Recoveries of these lipids were 96% or greater. Polar lipids were eluted from the column using combinations of methyltertiarybutylether, methanol and ammonium acetate. Phospholipid classes could not be separated completely from each other. Phosphatidylethanolamine and phosphatidylinositol eluted together, whereas the more polar phosphatidylcholine, sphingomyelin and lysophosphatidylcholine were eluted as a second fraction. Recoveries of each phospholipid was greater than 98%.

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