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Targeted metabolomic analysis of head and neck cancer cells using high performance ion chromatography coupled with a Q Exactive HF mass spectrometer

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Hu SS, Wang J, Ji EH, Christison T, Lopez L, Huang Y.
Anal. Chem., 2015, 87 (12), pp 6371–6379
In this study, we have demonstrated a targeted metabolomics method for analysis of cancer cells, based on high-performance ion chromatography (IC) separation, Q Exactive HF MS for high-resolution and accurate-mass (HR/AM) measurement and the use of stable isotope-labeled internal standards for absolute quantitation. Our method offers great technical advantages for metabolite analysis, including exquisite sensitivity, high speed and reproducibility, and wide dynamic range. The high-performance IC provided fast separation of cellular metabolites within 20 min and excellent resolving power for polar molecules including many isobaric metabolites. The IC/Q Exactive HF MS achieved wide dynamic ranges of 5 orders of magnitude for six targeted metabolites, pyruvate, succinic acid, malic acid, citric acid, fumaric acid, and alpha-ketoglutaric acid, with R2 ≈ 0.99. Using this platform, metabolites can be simultaneously quantified from low fmol/μL to nmol/μL levels in cellular samples. The high flow rate IC at 380 μL/min has shown excellent reproducibility for a large set of samples (150 injections), with minimal variations of retention time (SD < ± 0.03 min). In addition, the IC-MS-based approach acquires targeted and global metabolomic data in a same analytical run, and the use of stable isotope-labeled standards facilitates accurate quantitation of targeted metabolites in large-scale metabolomics analysis. This metabolomics approach has been successfully applied to analysis of targeted metabolites in head and neck cancer cells as well as cancer stem-like cells (CSCs), and the findings indicate that the metabolic phenotypes may be distinct between high and low invasive head and neck cancer cells and between CSCs and non-SCCs.
UCLA, Thermo Fisher Scientific
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