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Rapid Commun Mass Spectrom 2011 Mar 15;255:572-8. doi: 10.1002/rcm.4896.
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Structural determination of cerebrosides isolated from Asterias amurensis starfish eggs using high-energy collision-induced dissociation of sodium-adducted molecules.

Park T , Park YS , Rho JR , Kim YH .

Six cerebrosides were isolated from the eggs of the starfish Asterias amurensis using solvent extraction, silica gel column chromatography, and reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography. This study demonstrated that the structures of cerebrosides could be completely characterized, based on their sodium-adducted molecules, using fast atom bombardment (FAB) tandem mass spectrometry. The high-energy collision-induced dissociation of the sodium-adducted molecule, [M + Na](+), of each cerebroside molecular species generated abundant ions, providing information on the compositions of the 2-hydroxy fatty acids and long-chain sphingoid bases, as well as the sugar moiety polar head group. Each homologous ion series along the fatty acid and aliphatic chain of the sphingoid base was useful for locating the double-bond positions of both chains and the methyl branching position of the long-chain base. The N-fatty acyl portions were primarily long-chain saturated or monoenoic acids (C16 to C24) with an α-hydroxy group. The sphingoid long-chain base portions were aliphatic chains (C18 or C22) with two or three degrees of unsaturation and with or without methyl branching.

PubMed ID: 21290443
Article link: Rapid Commun Mass Spectrom