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Isolation and quantification of cholesterol oxides in dairy products by selected ion monitoring mass spectrometry

  • Jacob H. Nielsen (a1), Carl Erik Olsen (a1), Christina Duedahl (a1) and Leif H. Skibsted (a1)


A method for isolation, detection and quantification of cholesterol oxidation products based on solid phase extraction in combination with preparative HPLC and gas chromatography–mass spectrometry selected ion monitoring has been developed for dairy products. The isolation procedure had a high recovery and artifact formation was minimal, as shown by isotope labelling. The limits of detection ranged from 0.3 to 35 pg/μl of the isomeric forms of 7-hydroxycholesterol, 20α-hydroxycholesterol, the isomeric forms of cholesterol-5,6-epoxides, cholestanetriol, 25-hydroxycholesterol and 7-ketocholesterol corresponding to a limit of quantification of 2–6 ng oxysterol/g lipid in the dairy product, depending on the nature of the cholesterol oxidation product.


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Isolation and quantification of cholesterol oxides in dairy products by selected ion monitoring mass spectrometry

  • Jacob H. Nielsen (a1), Carl Erik Olsen (a1), Christina Duedahl (a1) and Leif H. Skibsted (a1)


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