2015 Volume 3 Issue Special_Issue_3 Pages S0048
Ambient ionization mass spectrometry is one of the most challenging analytical tools in the field of biomedical research. We previously demonstrated that probe electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (PESI-MS) could potentially be used in the rapid diagnosis of cancer. Although this technique does not require a tedious sample pretreatment process, it was not possible for our previously reported setup to be applied to cases involving the direct sampling of tissues from living animal and large animal subjects, because there would not be enough room to accommodate the larger bodies juxtaposed to the ion inlet. To make PESI-MS more applicable for the real-time analysis of living animals, a long auxiliary ion sampling tube has been connected to the ion inlet of the mass spectrometer to allow for the collection of ions and charged droplets from the PESI source (hereafter, referred to as non-proximate PESI). Furthermore, an additional ion sampling tube was connected to a small diaphragm pump to increase the uptake rate of air carrying the ions and charged droplets to the ion inlet. This modification allows for the extended ion sampling orifice to be positioned closer to the specimens, even when they are too large to be placed inside the ionization chamber. In this study, we have demonstrated the use of non-proximate PESI-MS for the real-time analysis for biological molecules and pharmacokinetic parameters from living animals.