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Optimized workflow for on-line derivatization for targeted metabolomics approach by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry

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Title:Optimized workflow for on-line derivatization for targeted metabolomics approach by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry
Creators Name:Fritsche-Guenther, R. and Gloaguen, Y. and Bauer, A. and Opialla, T. and Kempa, S. and Fleming, C.A. and Redmond, H.P. and Kirwan, J.A.
Abstract:Using manual derivatization in gas chromatography-mass spectrometry samples have varying equilibration times before analysis which increases technical variability and limits the number of potential samples analyzed. By contrast, automated derivatization methods can derivatize and inject each sample in an identical manner. We present a fully automated (on-line) derivatization method used for targeted analysis of different matrices. We describe method optimization and compare results from using off-line and on-line derivatization protocols, including the robustness and reproducibility of the methods. Our final parameters for the derivatization process were 20 µL of methoxyamine (MeOx) in pyridine for 60 min at 30 °C followed by 80 µL N-Methyl-N-trimethylsilyltrifluoracetamide (MSTFA) for 30 min at 30 °C combined with 4 h of equilibration time. The repeatability test in plasma and liver revealed a median relative standard deviation (RSD) of 16% and 10%, respectively. Serum samples showed a consistent intra-batch median RSD of 20% with an inter-batch variability of 27% across three batches. The direct comparison of on-line versus off-line demonstrated that on-line was fit for purpose and improves repeatability with a measured median RSD of 11% compared to 17% using the same method off-line. In summary, we recommend that optimized on-line methods may improve results for metabolomics and should be used where available.
Keywords:Automated Derivatization, Gas-Chromatography Mass Spectrometry, Metabolomics, On-Line Derivatization, Optimization, Quality Assurance (QA), Quality Control (QC), Validation, Animals, Mice
Page Range:888
Date:18 December 2021
Official Publication:https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11120888
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