A Simultaneous Metabolic Profiling and Quantitative Multimetabolite Metabolomic Method for Human Plasma Using Gas-Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometry.
Journal article, 2015
For the first time it is possible to simultaneously collect targeted and nontargeted metabolomics data from plasma based on GC with high scan speed tandem mass spectrometry (GC-MS/MS). To address the challenge of getting broad metabolome coverage while quantifying known biomarker compounds in high-throughput GC-MS metabolomics, we developed a novel GC-MS/MS metabolomics method using a high scan speed (20 000 Da/second) GC-MS/MS that enables simultaneous data acquisition of both nontargeted full scan and targeted quantitative tandem mass spectrometry data. The combination of these two approaches has hitherto not been demonstrated in metabolomics. This method allows reproducible quantification of at least 37 metabolites using multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) and full mass spectral scan-based detection of 601 reproducible metabolic features from human plasma. The method showed good linearity over normal concentrations in plasma (0.06-343 to 0.86-4800 μM depending on the metabolite) and good intra- and interbatch precision (0.9-16.6 and 2.6-29.6% relative standard deviation). Based on the parameters determined for this method, targeted quantification using MRM can be expanded to cover at least 508 metabolites while still collecting full scan data. The new simultaneous targeted and nontargeted metabolomics method enables more sensitive and accurate detection of predetermined metabolites and biomarkers of interest, while still allowing detection and identification of unknown metabolites. This is the first validated GC-MS/MS metabolomics method with simultaneous full scan and MRM data collection, and clearly demonstrates the utility of GC-MS/MS with high scanning rates for complex analyses.