Targeted Metabolomics Analysis

We perform quantitative and semi-quantitative analysis of known metabolites using LC-MS/MS(MRM) system Triple Quadrupole with an ion trap (QTRAP 6500+ from Sciex). We can also perform quantification of metabolites using stable-isotope labeled internal standards or semi-quantitative analysis using external standards upon request.

We have developed protocols to monitor over 100 metabolites in a targeted manner. For high-sensitivity analysis, we can perform the analysis of the specific metabolites using optimized protocols. The different metabolites can also have different sample requirements.

Untargeted Metabolomics and/or Lipidomics Analysis

We perform global profiling of lipids and metabolites in an untargeted manner which can be used for broad profiling or for discovery studies (video).

Metabolomics

Untargeted metabolomics is performed using high-resolution Q-Exactive Plus (ThermoFisher) mass spectrometer in either positive and negative ionization mode coupled with ultra-high performance liquid chromatography (Vanquish UHPLC) in reverse phase (RP) and/or HILIC separation mode.

Lipidomics

Lipidomics and free fatty acids analysis are performed using high-resolution Q-Exactive Plus (ThermoFisher) mass spectrometer coupled with ultra-high performance liquid chromatography (Vanquish UHPLC) in reverse phase(RP) separation mode.

Metabolite identification

We perform structural identification of metabolic features of interest by matching MS/MS data against our in-house EMBL-MCF spectral library supplemented if needed with expert annotation of MS/MS data.

Lipid identification

We perform the assignment of fatty acyl chains by using fragmentation analysis and standards for confirmation. Please see a case study.

Direct infusion and shotgun MS analysis

We perform shotgun mass spec analysis for standards and pure samples by direct infusion using Advion Nanomate nano-electrospray ionization source coupled with high-resolution Q-Exactive Plus (ThermoFisher) mass spectrometer.

Drug and drug metabolite analysis

We perform the detection and quantitation of drug and drug metabolites from various biological samples for pharmacokinetics and drug metabolism analysis (non-GLP), biotransformation, and bioaccumulation screenings. For this, we use standard calibration curves and internal standards based quantitative analysis using high-resolution Q-Exactive Plus (ThermoFisher) mass spectrometer coupled with ultra-high performance liquid chromatography (Vanquish UHPLC) in reverse phase (RP) and/or HILIC separation mode.

Other services

When there are no methods available or existing methods fail to achieve the required sensitivity, coverage or reliability, we can perform method development tailored for specific applications e.g. analysis of drugs and drug metabolites, modified metabolites, plant samples as well as special classes of metabolites at an additional cost.