Nmr methods for determining lipid turnover via stable isotope resolved metabolomics

Penghui Lin, Li Dai, Daniel R. Crooks, Leonard M. Neckers, Richard M. Higashi, Teresa W-M. Fan, Andrew N. Lane

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Lipids comprise diverse classes of compounds that are important for the structure and properties of membranes, as high-energy fuel sources and as signaling molecules. Therefore, the turnover rates of these varied classes of lipids are fundamental to cellular function. However, their enormous chemical diversity and dynamic range in cells makes detailed analysis very complex. Furthermore, although stable isotope tracers enable the determination of synthesis and degradation of complex lipids, the numbers of distinguishable molecules increase enormously, which exacerbates the problem. Although LC-MS-MS (Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry) is the standard for lipidomics, NMR can add value in global lipid analysis and isotopomer distributions of intact lipids. Here, we describe new developments in NMR analysis for assessing global lipid content and isotopic enrichment of mixtures of complex lipids for two cell lines (PC3 and UMUC3) using both13 C6 glucose and13 C5 glutamine tracers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number202
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2021

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  • Isotopomer distributions
  • Lipid C incorporation
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
  • Stable isotope tracers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology


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