LC-MS of lipids
Abstract Lipids are important molecules for us for a number of reasons. These compounds are essential for living organisms as they are the major building blocks of cells, signal and energy storage molecules. Lipid metabolism and cellular signaling regulate cell growth, proliferation, and survival. They are one of the major constituents of foods, but over-consumption of certain lipid components can be detrimental to our health. Lipids are of great economic importance as agricultural products and they are major items of international commerce. Methods for the analysis of lipids are thus fundamental for research, clinical and quality control applications.This chapter shows some basic strategies for analyzing lipids using HPLC/MS, a powerful method that provides reliable qualitative and quantitative data.
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