UPLC-ELSD Analysis of Algal Lipid Classes and Derivatization of Bound and Free Fatty Acids and Sterols for GC-MS Methods

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Constituents of microalgae and sample preparation for UPLC-ELSD and GC-MS analyses are described. Bound fatty acids from acylglycerols, alkylacylglycerols, galactosyldiacylglycerols, glycerophospholipids, and sterol esters are derivatized by using transesterification with sodium methoxide to form fatty acid methyl esters. Compounds containing free hydroxyl groups, either present originally or formed during previous step, like free fatty acids, sterols, α-tocopherol, phytol, and nonesterified alkoxyglycerols, are trimethylsilylated. The compounds in algal lipid extract are subsequently derivatized by these two steps.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-232
Number of pages10
JournalMethods in Molecular Biology
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed



  • lipid classes
  • evaporative light-scattering detection
  • fatty acids
  • gas chromatography-mass spectrometry
  • transesterification
  • trimethylsilylation
  • ultra performance liquid chromatography

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