Lipidomics

Collaborate with your peers. Pose and answer questions or review responses about the use of mass spectrometry and the analysis of lipids here. Discover how to get started on lipid sample preparation techniques and results.

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sMRM Pro Builder template tutorial

sMRM Pro Builder template tutorial

The sMRM Pro Builder template is an Excel-based tool that can help you implement large panels of analytes in your lab. The Excel sheet will take your preliminary experimental results and compute retention times, retention time window widths and dwell time weighting to optimize your targeted assay.

What is the Zeno threshold and what does it do?

What is the Zeno threshold and what does it do?

With the introduction of the Zeno trap on the ZenoTOF 7600 system, sensitivity improvements on the order of 4 to 25x can be seen for MS/MS analysis, because of the optimization of duty cycle.1 When concentrations are low and peak intensities are limited, this bump in...

The World Has its Eyes on Precision Medicine

The World Has its Eyes on Precision Medicine

What if we could understand and then treat diseases on an individualized level, in a way that was tuned to a person’s individual biology? Not in a futuristic, ‘wave a high-tech scanner across a person’s body’ way, but in a legitimate ’I can run a lab test and know the best action to take’ way. This is the promise of Precision Medicine, to deliver the right treatment to the right patient, at the right time, predicting more accurately which treatments will work for certain groups of patients, in contrast to the pervasive one-size-fits-all approach. More specifically, if we could provide a comprehensive report at the molecular level of an individual (based on genome, proteome, or metabolome profiles), a physician could be much better informed to make optimal treatment decisions. And if we could track these profiles over time, a person could adjust their lifestyle to focus on long-term wellness.

Why Study Lipids?

Why Study Lipids?

I had an opportunity to follow up with Steven M Watkins, Ph.D. to talk about the importance of studying lipids in disease. Steve has been working in the lipids field for over 20 years and is one of the foremost experts in lipid biology. Steve founded Lipomics in 2000, an early metabolomics company focused on quantitative lipidomics and had followed that company through a series of changes that led to its involvement in the clinical diagnostic development and global metabolomics. Steve authored over 70 peer-reviewed publications including several book chapters on lipids and lipid metabolism. His presentations on this topic are fascinating and very informative, so I wanted to capture some of his thinking here!