Mass spectrometry based metabolomics of volume-restricted in-vivo brain samples: Actual status and the way forward

Marlien van Mever, Karen Segers, Debby Mangelings, Thomas Hankemeier, Yvan Vander Heyden, Ann Van Eeckhaut, Rawi Ramautar

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Brain metabolomics is gaining interest because of the aging of the population, resulting in more central nervous system disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. Most often these diseases are studied in vivo, such as for example by analysing cerebrospinal fluid or brain extracellular fluid. These
sample types are often considered in pre-clinical studies using animal models. However, the scarce availability of both matrices results in some challenges related to sampling, sample preparation and normalization. Much effort has been made towards the development of alternative, less invasive sampling techniques for collecting small sample volumes (pL till mid mL range) over the past years. Despite recent advances, the analysis of low volumes is still a tremendous challenge. Therefore, proper preconcentration and sample pretreatment strategies are necessary together with sensitive analysis and
detection techniques suitable for low-volume samples. In this review, an overview is given of the stateof-the-art mass spectrometry-based analytical workflows for probing (endogenous) metabolites in volume-restricted in-vivo brain samples. In this context, special attention is devoted to challenges related
to sampling, sample preparation and preconcentration strategies. Finally, some general conclusions and perspectives are provided.
Originele taal-2English
Artikelnummer116365
TijdschriftTrAC. Trends in Analytical Chemistry
Volume143
DOI's
StatusPublished - 10 jun 2021

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The authors declare that they have no known competing financial interests or personal relationships that could have appeared to influence the work reported in this paper.

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