Phospholipids (PLs) are a class of compounds essential for living organisms, including human beings. This paper presents a brief review concerning the extraction as well as thin-layer chromatographic separation and determination of phospholipids. After a short introduction regarding phospholipids and their specific characteristics, the extraction techniques will be discussed. Then, phospholipid separation and system detection for thin-layer chromatography (TLC) will be presented. The focus will be on phospholipids that are most abundant in biological systems; that is why chosen examples of PLs determination in biological samples will be revealed as well as general PL determination schemes. In the Summary section, there will also be a short discussion about advantages and disadvantages of PL determination with the use of TLC.
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