Goodwin RJA, Nilsson A, Mackay CL, Swales JG, Johansson MK, Billger M, Andrén PE, Iverson SL
J Biomol Screen 21 (2) 187-193 [2016-02-00; online 2015-12-23]
Mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) provides pharmaceutical researchers with a suite of technologies to screen and assess compound distributions and relative abundances directly from tissue sections and offer insight into drug discovery-applicable queries such as blood-brain barrier access, tumor penetration/retention, and compound toxicity related to drug retention in specific organs/cell types. Label-free MSI offers advantages over label-based assays, such as quantitative whole-body autoradiography (QWBA), in the ability to simultaneously differentiate and monitor both drug and drug metabolites. Such discrimination is not possible by label-based assays if a drug metabolite still contains the radiolabel. Here, we present data exemplifying the advantages of MSI analysis. Data of the distribution of AZD2820, a therapeutic cyclic peptide, are related to corresponding QWBA data. Distribution of AZD2820 and two metabolites is achieved by MSI, which [(14)C]AZD2820 QWBA fails to differentiate. Furthermore, the high mass-resolving power of Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance MS is used to separate closely associated ions.