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From whole-body sections down to cellular level, multiscale imaging of phospholipids by MALDI mass spectrometry.

Chaurand P, Cornett DS, Angel PM, Caprioli RM
Mol Cell Proteomics. 2011 10 (2): O110.004259

PMID: 20736411 · PMCID: PMC3033687 · DOI:10.1074/mcp.O110.004259

Significant progress in instrumentation and sample preparation approaches have recently expanded the potential of MALDI imaging mass spectrometry to the analysis of phospholipids and other endogenous metabolites naturally occurring in tissue specimens. Here we explore some of the requirements necessary for the successful analysis and imaging of phospholipids from thin tissue sections of various dimensions by MALDI time-of-flight mass spectrometry. We address methodology issues relative to the imaging of whole-body sections such as those cut from model laboratory animals, sections of intermediate dimensions typically prepared from individual organs, as well as the requirements for imaging areas of interests from these sections at a cellular scale spatial resolution. We also review existing limitations of MALDI imaging MS technology relative to compound identification. Finally, we conclude with a perspective on important issues relative to data exploitation and management that need to be solved to maximize biological understanding of the tissue specimen investigated.

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Animals Aortic Valve Brain Mass Spectrometry Mice Mice, Inbred ICR Phospholipids Proteome Proteomics Spectrometry, Mass, Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption-Ionization

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