Rapid and reliable quantitation of amino acids and myo-inositol in mouse brain by high performance liquid chromatography and tandem mass spectrometry

Sai P. Bathena, Jiangeng Huang, Adrian A. Epstein, Howard Eliot Gendelman, Michael D. Boska, Yazen Alnouti

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Amino acids and myo-inositol have long been proposed as putative biomarkers for neurodegenerative diseases. Accurate measures and stability have precluded their selective use. To this end, a sensitive liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method based on multiple reaction monitoring was developed to simultaneously quantify glutamine, glutamate, γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA), aspartic acid, N-acetyl aspartic acid, taurine, choline, creatine, phosphocholine and myo-inositol in mouse brain by methanol extractions. Chromatography was performed using a hydrophilic interaction chromatography silica column within in a total run time of 15. min. The validated method is selective, sensitive, accurate, and precise. The method has a limit of quantification ranging from 2.5 to 20. ng/ml for a range of analytes and a dynamic range from 2.5-20 to 500-4000. ng/ml. This LC-MS/MS method was validated for biomarker discovery in models of human neurological disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-20
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Chromatography B: Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Publication statusPublished - Apr 15 2012



  • Amino acids
  • LC-MS/MS
  • Multiple reaction monitoring (MRM)
  • Myo-inositol

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology

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