Tissue biomarkers of drug efficacy: Case studies using a MALDI-MSI workflow

Elizabeth Ellen Jones, Peng Gao, Charles D. Smith, James S. Norris, Richard R. Drake

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MALDI MS imaging (MALDI-MSI) offers a capability to not only evaluate the distribution, localization and metabolism of drugs within tissues but also allow correlative tissue measurement of the effect of the drug on biomolecules in the targeted pathway. Particularly for MALDI-MSI, lipid molecules are readily detectable within tissues. Case study examples are provided for two different drugs targeting the sphingosine-1-phosphate/ceramide nexus in tumor xenograft tissues. A workflow combining high-resolution MALDI-MSI with on-tissue confirmation of targeted compounds using a structural library and on-tissue enzymatic digestion strategy is described. Representative images of drug metabolite distribution that correlate to an increase or decrease in sphingosine-1-phosphate or ceramide species are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2611-2619
Number of pages9
Issue number20
StatePublished - Oct 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • General Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Clinical Biochemistry


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