The investigation of the spatial distribution of metabolites and bioactive compounds in tissues is an asset to increase our understanding of metabolic and biological processes occurring in plants. In the specific case of fruits this can have important technological, nutritional and economical implications. MS based techniques represent an excellent tool to study the distribution of small molecules in tissue, but in view of possible high-throughput applications it is necessary to develop innovative bioinformatic tools for data analysis and interpretation. Among the different critical aspects, metabolite identification is particularly challenging because with direct ionization techniques it has to be based only on (high resolution) mass to-charge ratios. Single mass-to-charge values are not sufficient for chemical identification, but the co-localization of characteristic molecular fragments can be used to overcome such limitation. Image segmentation and signal clustering is another promising research field in view of an automatic mining of MS imaging datasets. In this communication we will present how advanced image analysis tools can be used to to increase the selectivity of MS imaging experiments  and to visualize the asymmetric distribution of relevant metabolites in Golden Delicious apples. Preliminary results on the automatic segmentation of DESI and MALDI datasets will be also discussed.
|Citation:||Franceschi, P.; Dong, Y.; Mattivi, F.; Vrhovsek, U.; Wehrens, R. (2012). Innovative bionformatic tools for the analysis of MS based imaging dataset in plant metabolomics. In: OurCon 2012: Ourense Conference on Imaging Mass Spectrometry: Ourense, Spain, September 3rd-5th 2012: 120 (P44). url: http://www.ourcon.es/ handle: http://hdl.handle.net/10449/21510|
|Organization unit:||Computational Biology # CRI_2011-JAN2016|
Food Quality and Nutrition Department # CRI_2011-JAN2016
|Authors:||Franceschi, P.; Dong, Y.; Mattivi, F.; Vrhovsek, U.; Wehrens, R.|
|Title:||Innovative bionformatic tools for the analysis of MS based imaging dataset in plant metabolomics|
|Appears in Collections:||03 - Conference object|