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First Online: 24 June 2017Received: 25 April 2017Accepted: 19 June 2017DOI: 10.1007-s11306-017-1231-x

Cite this article as: Zhang, Q., Ford, L.A., Evans, A.M. et al. Metabolomics 2017 13: 92. doi:10.1007-s11306-017-1231-x


IntroductionA major bottleneck in metabolomic studies is metabolite identification from accurate mass spectrometric data. Metabolite x17299 was identified in plasma as an unknown in a metabolomic study using a compound-centric approach where the associated ion features of the compound were used to determine the true molecular mass.

ObjectivesThe aim of this work is to elucidate the chemical structure of x17299, a new compound by de novo interpretation of mass spectrometric data.

MethodsAn Orbitrap Elite mass spectrometer was used for acquisition of mass spectra up to MS at high resolution. Synthetic standards of N,N,N-trimethyl-l-alanyl-l-proline betaine l,l-TMAP, a diastereomer, and an enantiomer were chemically prepared.

ResultsThe planar structure of x17299 was successfully proposed by de novo mechanistic interpretation of mass spectrometric data without any laborious purification and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopic analysis. The proposed structure was verified by deuterium exchanged mass spectrometric analysis and confirmed by comparison to a synthetic standard. Relative configuration of x17299 was determined by direct chromatographic comparison to a pair of synthetic diastereomers. Absolute configuration was assigned after derivatization of x17299 with a chiral auxiliary group followed by its chromatographic comparison to a pair of synthetic standards.

ConclusionThe chemical structure of metabolite x17299 was determined to be l,l-TMAP.

Keywordsx17299 N,N,N-Trimethyl-l-alanyl-l-proline betaine Mass spectrum interpretation Metabolite structure elucidation Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1007-s11306-017-1231-x contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

Autor: Qibo Zhang - Lisa A. Ford - Anne M. Evans - Douglas R. Toal


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