Quantitative immuno-mass spectrometry imaging of skeletal muscle dystrophin

David P. Bishop, Mika T. Westerhausen, Florian Barthelemy, Thomas Lockwood, Nerida Cole, Elizabeth M. Gibbs, Rachelle H. Crosbie, Stanley F. Nelson, M. Carrie Miceli, Philip A. Doble, Jonathan Wanagat
2021 Scientific Reports  
AbstractEmerging and promising therapeutic interventions for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) are confounded by the challenges of quantifying dystrophin. Current approaches have poor precision, require large amounts of tissue, and are difficult to standardize. This paper presents an immuno-mass spectrometry imaging method using gadolinium (Gd)-labeled anti-dystrophin antibodies and laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry to simultaneously quantify and localize dystrophin in
more » ... muscle sections. Gd is quantified as a proxy for the relative expression of dystrophin and was validated in murine and human skeletal muscle sections following k-means clustering segmentation, before application to DMD patients with different gene mutations where dystrophin expression was measured up to 100 µg kg−1 Gd. These results demonstrate that immuno-mass spectrometry imaging is a viable approach for pre-clinical to clinical research in DMD. It rapidly quantified relative dystrophin in single tissue sections, efficiently used valuable patient resources, and may provide information on drug efficacy for clinical translation.
doi:10.1038/s41598-020-80495-8 pmid:33441839 fatcat:n3c2p2cr3bbjld3vdwafprjfoe