Differentiation of Isomeric Conjugated Bile Acids Using Positive-Ion B/E Linked Scans

Karl V. Wood, Yiping Sun, Robert G. Elkin

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The main objective of this work was to use positive-ion fast atom bombardment mass spectrometry (FAB-MS) B/E linked scan spectra to Investigate the possibility of differentiating positional isomers of various authentic glycine- and taurine-conjugated bile acids. Sodium salts of 14 conjugated bile acids were individually ionized by FAB-MS and characterized by scanning simultaneously the magnetic field B and the electric sector field E such that B/E remained constant throughout the scan. The dominant fragment ions could be related to cleavage of the aliphatic side chain with charge retention on the conjugated end of the bile acids. However, fragment ions arising from ring cleavages were also observed and could be used to distinguish the positions of substituent hydroxyl groups. For example, ring cleavage of conjugated dihydroxy bile acids at C-7/C-8 and C-9/C-10 permitted the differentiation of chenodeoxycholyttaurlne (3α, 7α-substitution pattern) from deoxycholyltaurine (3α,12α-substitution pattern) based on the presence of fragment ions at m/z 388 or m/z 404, which were indicative of hydroxyl group substitutions at either the 7- or 12-posltions, respectively. it was concluded that B/E linked scans can be used to discriminate positional isomers of conjugated bile acids.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)247-250
Number of pages4
JournalAnalytical Chemistry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 1 1991

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry


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