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Lipid Analysis - 4th Edition - ISBN: 9780955251245, 9780857097866

Lipid Analysis

4th Edition

Isolation, Separation, Identification and Lipidomic Analysis

Authors: W. W. Christie X Han
Hardcover ISBN: 9780955251245
eBook ISBN: 9780857097866
Paperback ISBN: 9780081014653
Imprint: Oily Press
Published Date: 10th January 2010
Page Count: 448
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Table of Contents

Part 1 introducing lipids and their analysis: Lipids: Their structures and occurrence; Chromatographic analysis of lipids: General principles; Lipid extraction, storage and sample handling. Part 2 chromatographic separation and analysis of individual lipid classes: Analysis of simple lipid classes; Chromatographic analysis of phospholipids and glycosyldiacylglycerols; Chromatographic analysis of sphingolipids. Part 3 analysis of fatty acids: Preparation of derivatives of fatty acids; Gas chromatographic analysis of fatty acid derivatives; Isolation of fatty acids and identification by spectroscopic and related techniques. Part 4 chromatographic analysis of molecular species of lipids: Molecular species of triacylglycerols, diacylglycerols derived from complex lipids, and related lipids; Chromatographic analysis of molecular species of intact phospholipids and glycolipids; Positional distributions of fatty acids in glycerolipids. Part 5 mass spectrometric analysis of lipids in lipidomics: Introduction to mass spectrometric analysis of lipids in lipidomics; Characterization of lipids by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry; Practical identification of individual lipid species in lipid extracts of biological samples; Quantification of lipid molecular species by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry.


This well-known and highly successful book was first published in 1973 and has been completely re-written in subsequent editions (published in 1982 and 2003). This new Fourth Edition has become necessary because of the pace of developments in mass spectrometry of intact lipids, which has given recognition of lipid analysis and ‘lipidomics’ as a distinct science. To bring the book up to date with these developments, author William W. Christie is joined by co-author Xianlin Han. Although devoting considerable space to mass spectrometry and lipidomics, Lipid analysis remains a practical guide, in one volume, to the complexities of the analysis of lipids. As in past editions, it is designed to act as a primary source, of value at the laboratory bench rather than residing on a library shelf.

Lipid analysis deals with the isolation, separation, identification and structural analysis of glycerolipids, including triacylglycerols, phospholipids, sphingolipids, and the various hydrolysis products of these. The chapters follow a logical sequence from the extraction of lipids to the isolation and characterization of particular lipid classes and of molecular species of each, and to the mass spectrometric analysis of lipids and lipidomics.

The new influence of mass spectrometry is due mainly to the development of electrospray ionization (ESI) and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI). Most emphasis in this book is placed on ESI, which is enabling structural characterization of different lipid classes and the identification of novel lipids and their molecular species.


Lipidologists and other scientists who might come into contact with lipids in their fields of study


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About the Authors

W. W. Christie

William W. Christie, Scottish Crop Research Institute and Mylnefield Research Services, Scotland.

Affiliations and Expertise

The Hannah Research Institute, Ayr, Scotland

X Han

Xianlin Han, Washington University School of Medicine, USA.

Affiliations and Expertise

Washington University School of Medicine, USA