Glycosphingolipids (GSLs) are a class of ubiquitous lipids characterized by a wide structural repertoire and a variety of functional implications. Importantly, altered levels have been correlated with different diseases, suggesting their crucial role in health. Conventional methods for the characterization and quantification are based on high-performance TLC (HPTLC) separation and comparison with the migration distance of standard samples or on MS. We set up and herein report the application of an ImagePrep method for glycosphingolipids qualitative and quantitative profiling through direct HPTLC-MALDI with particular application to wild-type and NEU3 sialidase-overexpressing C2C12 myoblasts. Lipids were analyzed by HPTLC, coupled with MALDI-TOF, and the resulting GSLs profiles were compared to the [3H]sphingolipids HPTLC patterns obtained after metabolic radiolabeling. GSLs detection by HPTLC-MALDI was optimized by testing different methods for matrix delivery and by performing quantitative analyses using serial dilutions of GSLs standards. Through this approach an accurate analysis of each variant of neutral and acidic GSLs, including the detection of different fatty-acid chain variants for each GSL, was provided and these results demonstrated that HPTLC-MALDI is an easy and high-throughput analytical method for GSLs profiling, suggesting its use for an early detection of markers in different diseases, including cancer and heart ischemia.
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
- Lipid analysis
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Biochemistry