• Gessel MM, Norris JL, Caprioli RM. MALDI imaging mass spectrometry: spatial molecular analysis to enable a new age of discovery. Journal of proteomics. 2014 Jul 31;107. 71-82. PMID: 24686089 [PubMed]. PMCID: PMC4104210. NIHMSID: NIHMS580895.

Abstract 

Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization imaging mass spectrometry (MALDI IMS) combines the sensitivity and selectivity of mass spectrometry with spatial analysis to provide a new dimension for histological analyses to provide unbiased visualization of the arrangement of biomolecules in tissue. As such, MALDI IMS has the capability to become a powerful new molecular technology for the biological and clinical sciences. In this review, we briefly describe several applications of MALDI IMS covering a range of molecular weights, from drugs to proteins. Current limitations and challenges are discussed along with recent developments to address these issues. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: 20years of Proteomics in memory of Viatliano Pallini. Guest Editors: Luca Bini, Juan J. Calvete, Natacha Turck, Denis Hochstrasser and Jean-Charles Sanchez.