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Anal Bioanal Chem. 2012 May;403(3):707-11. doi: 10.1007/s00216-012-5908-8. Epub 2012 Mar 10.

Acoustic deposition with NIMS as a high-throughput enzyme activity assay.

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Nextval, 4186 Sorrento Valley Blvd, Suite G, San Diego, CA 92121, USA.


Mass spectrometry (MS)-based enzyme assay has been shown to be a useful tool for screening enzymatic activities from environmental samples. Recently, reported approaches for high-specificity multiplexed characterization of enzymatic activities allow for providing detailed information on the range of enzymatic products and monitoring multiple enzymatic reactions. However, the throughput has been limited by the slow liquid-liquid handling and manual analysis. This rapid communication demonstrates the integration of acoustic sample deposition with nanostructure initiator mass spectrometry (NIMS) imaging to provide reproducible measurements of multiple enzymatic reactions at a throughput that is tenfold to 100-fold faster than conventional MS-based enzyme assay. It also provides a simple means for the visualization of multiple reactions and reaction pathways.

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