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NIST Lipidomics Workflow Questionnaire: An Assessment of Community-Wide Methodologies and Perspectives



John Bowden, Candice Z. Ulmer, Christina M. Jones, Jeremy P. Koelmel, Richard A. Yost


Introduction Efforts to harmonize lipidomic methodologies have been limited within the community. Here, we aimed to capitalize on the recent NIST lipidomics interlaboratory comparison exercise by implementing a questionnaire that assessed current methodologies, quantitation strategies, standard operating procedures (SOPs), and quality control activities employed by the lipidomics community. Objectives Lipidomics is a rapidly developing field with diverse applications. At present, there are no community-vetted methods to assess measurement comparability or data quality. Thus, a major impetus of this questionnaire was to profile current efforts, highlight areas of need, and establish future objectives in an effort to harmonize lipidomics workflows. Methods The 54-question survey inquired about laboratory demographics, lipidomic methodologies, analytical platforms, quantitation, SOPs, reference materials, quality control protocols, and opinions regarding challenges existing within the community. Results A total of 125 laboratories participated in the questionnaire. A broad overview of results highlighted a wide methodological diversity within current lipidomic workflows. The impact of this diversity on lipid measurement and quantitation is currently unknown and needs to be explored further. While some laboratories do incorporate SOPs and quality control activities, these concepts have not been fully embraced by the community. The top five perceived challenges within the lipidomics community were a lack of standardization amongst methods/protocols within the community, lack of lipid standards, software/data handling and quantification, and over- reporting/false positives, Conclusion The questionnaire provided an overview of current lipidomics methodologies and further promoted the need for community-accepted guidelines and protocols. The questionnaire also served as a platform to help determine and prioritize the next metrological issues to be investigated.


Lipidomics/Lipids, Questionnaire, Survey, Quantitation, Quality Control, Methodology, Harmonization, NIST


Bowden, J. , Ulmer, C. , Jones, C. , Koelmel, J. and Yost, R. (2018), NIST Lipidomics Workflow Questionnaire: An Assessment of Community-Wide Methodologies and Perspectives, Metabolomics, [online], (Accessed June 18, 2024)


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Created March 20, 2018, Updated February 4, 2020