Lipidomics in translational research and the clinical significance of lipid-based biomarkers

  • Daniel J. Stephenson
    Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Richmond, Va
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  • L. Alexis Hoeferlin
    Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Richmond, Va
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  • Charles E. Chalfant
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    Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Richmond, Va

    Research Service, Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center, Richmond, Va

    VCU Massey Cancer Center, Cancer Cell Signaling Program, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va

    VCU Institute of Molecular Medicine, Richmond, Va

    VCU Johnson Center for Critical Care and Pulmonary Research, Richmond, Va
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      Lipidomics is a rapidly developing field of study that focuses on the identification and quantitation of various lipid species in the lipidome. Lipidomics has now emerged in the forefront of scientific research due to the importance of lipids in metabolism, cancer, and disease. Using both targeted and untargeted mass spectrometry as a tool for analysis, progress in the field has rapidly progressed in the last decade. Having the ability to assess these small molecules in vivo has led to better understanding of several lipid-driven mechanisms and the identification of lipid-based biomarkers in neurodegenerative disease, cancer, sepsis, wound healing, and pre-eclampsia. Biomarker identification and mechanistic understanding of specific lipid pathways linked to a disease's pathologies can form the foundation in the development of novel therapeutics in hopes of curing human disease.


      5-HETE (5-hydroxyicosatetraenoic acid), 12-HETE (12-hydroxyicosatetraenoic acid), 15-HETE (15-hydroxyicosatetraenoic acid), aa (diacyl), ae (acyl-alkyl), ACs (acylcarnitines), ACOG (The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists), AD (Alzheimer’s disease), (amyloid-beta), aSAH (aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage), AA (arachidonic acid), CL (cardiolipins), C1P (ceramide-1-phosphate), CERK (ceramide kinase), CSF (cerebrospinal fluid), CEH (cholesterol ester hydrolase), COX-1 (cyclooxygenase 1), COX-2 (cyclooxygenase 2), cPLA2α (group IVA cytosolic phospholipase A2), P450 (cytochrome P450), DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), ESI (electrospray ionization), ER (endoplasmic reticulum), ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay), FT-ICR MS (Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry), Gal-G5 (galactose-functionalized polyamidoamine dendrimer generation 5), HDL (high-density lipoprotein), HPLC (high pressure liquid chromatography), HTS (high-throughput screening), HMG-CoA (hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA), HMGCS (hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA synthase), ICU (intensive care unit), LTB4 (leukotriene B4), LXA4 (lipoxin A4), LOX (lipoxygenase), LC/MS-MS (liquid chromatography mass spectrometry), LDL (low-density lipoprotein), LPA (lysophosphatidic acid), LPC (lysophosphatidylcholine), m/z (mass/charge ratio), mApoE-PA-LIP (modified ApoE-derived peptide), MRM (multiple reaction monitoring), PLS-DA (partial least squares discriminant analysis), PLA2 (phospholipase A2), PA (phosphatidic acid), PC (phosphatidylcholine), PE (phosphatidylethanolamine), PG (phosphatidylglycerols), PI (phosphatidylinositol), PIP2 (phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate), PS (phosphatidylserine), PDIM (phthiocerol dimycocerosate), PRP (platelet-rich plasma), PAMAM (polyamidoamine), PUFA (polyunsaturated fatty acid), PIH (pregnancy-induced hypertension), PGE1 (prostaglandin E1), PGE2 (prostaglandin E2), PGF1a (prostaglandin F1 alpha), PGF2a (prostaglandin F2 alpha), PGJ2 (prostaglandin J2), SPMs (pro-resolving lipid mediators), PD1 (protection D1), QTOF (quadrupole time-of-flight), RNS (reactive nitrogen species), ROS (reactive oxygen species), RvD1 (resolvin D1), RvD2 (resolvin D2), RvD5 (resolvin D5), RvE1 (resolvin E1), RvE2 (resolvin E2), SM (sphingomyelin), SMases (sphingomyelinases), S1P (sphingosine-1-phosphate), SL-1 (sulfolipid-1), TCA cycle (the citric acid cycle), TXA2 (thromboxane A2), TXB2 (thromboxane B2), TXM (11-dehydro-TXB2), QQQ (triple quadrupole mass spectrometry), UPLC (ultra-high pressure liquid chromatography)
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