Electrospray-mass spectrometric analysis of plasma pyrophosphates separated on a multi-modal liquid chromatographic column

Su Hyeon Lee, Jeongae Lee, Won Yong Lee, Bong Chul Chung, Man Ho Choi

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Pyrophosphates are the key intermediates in the biosynthesis of isoprenoids, and their concentrations could reveal the benefits of statins in cardiovascular diseases. Quantitative analysis of five pyrophosphates, including isopentenyl pyrophosphate (IPP), dimethylallyl pyrophosphate (DMAPP), geranyl pyrophosphate (GPP), farnesyl pyrophosphate (FPP), and geranylgeranyl pyrophosphate (GGPP), was performed using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) in negative ion-ization mode. After dilution with methanol, samples were separated on a 3 μm particle multi-modal C18 column (50 × 2 mm) and quantified within 10 min. The gradient elution consists of 10 mM ammonium bicarbonate and 0.5% triethylamine (TEA) in water and 0.1% TEA in 80% acetonitrile was used at the flow rate of 0.4 mL/min. Overall recoveries were 51.4-106.6%, while the limit of quantification was 0.05 μg/mL for GPP and FPP and 0.1 μg/mL for IPP, DMAPP, and GGPP. The precision (% CV) and accuracy (% bias) of the assay were 1.9-12.3% and 89.6-111.8%, respectively, in 0.05-10 μg/mL calibration ranges (R2 > 0.993). The devised LC-MS/MS technique with the multi-modal C18 column can be used to estimate the biological activity of pyrophosphates in plasma and may be applicable to cardiovascular events with cholesterol metabolism as well as the drug efficacy of statins.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-96
Number of pages5
JournalMass Spectrometry Letters
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Spectroscopy


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