Lipidomics update - April, 2018

The lipidomics update provides an overview of developments in lipid research. Each month we offer a fresh collection of research, news and events for the specialist and the interested non-specialist alike.

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Lipidomics Services

LIPID MAPS methodology and protocols are freely available in our Lipidomics methods and protocols sections. MS standards are available from Avanti Polar Lipids, Inc.

Lipidomics analyses using these protocols and standards are available from the LIPID MAPS Lipidomics Core at UC San Diego and from Avanti on a fee for service basis.

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Lipid of the month


Ursodeoxycholic acid or ursodiol (sytematic name: 3alpha,7beta-dihydroxy-5beta-cholan-24-oic acid) is a 24-carbon secondary bile acid, which are metabolic byproducts of intestinal bacteria. Ursodeoxycholic acid helps regulate cholesterol by reducing the rate at which the intestine absorbs cholesterol molecules while breaking up micelles containing cholesterol. Because of this property, ursodeoxycholic acid is used to treat (cholesterol) gallstones non-surgically. Ursodeoxycholic acid has also been shown experimentally to suppress immune response such as immune cell phagocytosis.

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