Improved phosphometabolome profiling applying isotope dilution strategy and capillary ion chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry
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Original versionJournal of chromatography. B. 2018, 1083 278-283. 10.1016/j.jchromb.2018.02.004
The phosphometabolome is comprised of all phosphorylated metabolites including the major metabolite classes sugar phosphates and nucleoside phosphates. Phosphometabolites are invaluable in any cell as a part of primary- and energy- metabolism, and as building blocks in the biosynthesis of macromolecules. Here, we report quantitative profiling of the phosphometabolome by applying capillary ion chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (capIC-MS/MS), ensuring improved chromatographic separation, robustness and quantitative precision. Baseline separation was achieved for six out of eight tested hexose phosphates. Quantitative precision and reproducibility was improved by introducing a fully uniformly (U) 13C–labeled biological extract and applying an isotope dilution (ID) correction strategy. A 13C–labeled biological extract does in principle contain internal standards (IS) for all metabolites, but low abundant metabolites pose a challenge, and solutions to this are discussed. The extreme reproducibility and reliability of this capIC-MS/MS method was demonstrated by running the instrumentation continuously for ten days.