Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry-based in vitro metabolic profiling reveals altered enzyme expressions in eicosanoid metabolism

Su Hyeon Lee, Eung Ju Kim, Dong Hyoung Lee, Won Yong Lee, Bong Chul Chung, Hong Seog Seo, Man Ho Choi

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Background: Eicosanoids are metabolites of arachidonic acid that are rapidly biosynthesized and degraded during inflammation, and their metabolic changes reveal altered enzyme expression following drug treatment. We developed an eicosanoid profiling method and evaluated their changes on drug treatment. Methods: Simultaneous quantitative profiling of 32 eicosanoids in liver S9 fractions obtained from rabbits with carrageenan-induced inflammation was performed and validated by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry coupled to anion-exchange solid-phase purification. Results: The limit of quantification for the devised method ranged from 0.5 to 20.0 ng/mg protein, and calibration linearity was achieved (R2>0.99). The precision (% CV) and accuracy (% bias) ranged from 4.7 to 10.3% and 88.4 to 110.9%, respectively, and overall recoveries ranged from 58.0 to 105.3%. Our method was then applied and showed that epitestosterone treatment reduced the levels of all eicosanoids that were generated by cyclooxygenases and lipoxygenases. Conclusions: Quantitative eicosanoid profiling combined with in vitro metabolic assays may be useful for evaluating metabolic changes affected by drugs during eicosanoid metabolism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)342-352
Number of pages11
JournalAnnals of laboratory medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jul
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was supported in part by a grant from the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Institutional Program (Project No. 2E26110) and a grant from the Bio and Medical Technology Development Program (NRF-2013M3A9B6046413) through the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning.

Publisher Copyright:
© The Korean Society for Laboratory Medicine.


  • Arachidonic acid
  • Eicosanoids
  • Epitestosterone
  • Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry
  • Liver S9 fraction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, medical
  • Clinical Biochemistry


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