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Offline HarD

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Extracting acetylcholine using SPE
« on: August 14, 2019, 06:26:31 AM »
I performed C18 SPE in an untargeted metabolomics study. My aqueous samples were run through the column, followed by a wash step using water, and elution in pure methanol. I was surprised to see a compound with a mz matching acetylcholine when I got my FTICR-MS results back.

My question is two-fold: how probable is it to capture acetylcholine under these conditions, especially given that it is a charged molecule?

I want to follow up on this, but I need to increase my yield of acetylcholine to get the MS/MS spectra. I was wondering how one would go about choosing the best SPE method for acetylcholine. Should I try HILIC? Or maybe I can use the C18 with slightly adjusted conditions? How do you know what column conditions to use to go after a metabolite of interest?

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Re: Extracting acetylcholine using SPE
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2019, 10:15:45 AM »
Given that this is a quaternary ammonium ion, I am not entirely surprised.  We contemplated using SPE for pyridinium ions, but we did not get around to trying it.  I am not sure of the answer to your other questions, but I did amass a few SPE-related documents from manufacturers.  That might be a good place to start.

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