Variations in plasma and urinary lipids in response to enzyme replacement therapy for Fabry disease patients by nanoflow UPLC-ESI-MS/MS

Seul Kee Byeon, Jin Yong Kim, Jin Sung Lee, Myeong Hee Moon

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A deficiency of α-galactosidase A causes Fabry disease (FD) by disrupting lipid metabolism, especially trihexosylceramide (THC). Enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) is clinically offered to FD patients in an attempt to lower the accumulated lipids. Studies on specific types of lipids that are directly or indirectly altered by FD are very scarce, even though they are crucial in understanding the biological process linked to the pathogenesis of FD. We performed a comprehensive lipid profiling of plasma and urinary lipids from FD patients with nanoflow liquid chromatography electrospray-ionization tandem mass spectrometry (nLC-ESI-MS/MS) and identified 129 plasma and 111 urinary lipids. Among these, lipids that exhibited alternations (>twofold) in patients were selected as targets for selected reaction monitoring (SRM)-based high-speed quantitation using nanoflow ultra-performance LC-ESI-MS/MS (nUPLC-ESI-MS/MS) and 31 plasma and 26 urinary lipids showed significant elevation among FD patients. Higher percentages of sphingolipids (SLs; 48 % for plasma and 42 % for urine) were highly elevated in patients; whereas, a smaller percentage of phospholipids (PLs; 15 % for plasma and 13 % for urine) were significantly affected. Even though α-galactosidase A is reported to affect THC only, the results show that other classes of lipids (especially SLs) are changed as well, indicating that FD not only alters metabolism of THC but various classes of lipids too. Most lipids showing significant increases in relative amounts before ERT decreased after ERT, but overall, ERT influenced plasma lipids more than urinary lipids. [Figure not available: see fulltext].

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2265-2274
Number of pages10
JournalAnalytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Mar 1

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Funding Information:
This study was supported by a grant (HI12C-0022-030014) from the Korea Healthcare Technology R&D Project, Ministry for Health and Welfare Affairs and in part by a grant (NRF-2015R1A2A1A01004677) from the National Research Foundation of Korea.

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© 2016 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry


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