MALDI Imaging Mass Spectrometry of N-glycans and Tryptic Peptides from the Same Formalin-Fixed, Paraffin-Embedded Tissue Section

  • Peggi M. AngelEmail author
  • Anand Mehta
  • Kim Norris-Caneda
  • Richard R. Drake
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1788)


Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) imaging mass spectrometry (IMS) is a unique and well developed tool for probing the protein content of formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue (FFPE). Integral to this approach is the application of trypsin, and more recently peptide N-glycosidase F, to release tryptic peptides or N-glycans from tissue and report localization of distinct species. This is typically done on serial or adjacent tissue sections, and there is an emerging need to understand the colocalized protein population linked to the exact same regions of N-glycans. Here we describe an approach where N-glycans are first imaged from a tissue section followed by reprocessing of the same tissue section for tryptic peptide MALDI IMS. Strategies for colocalizing peptides to target N-glycans or N-glycan regions are described.


Formalin-fixed Imaging mass spectrometry MALDI imaging mass spectrometry Paraffin-embedded tissue imaging Peptide identification for imaging mass spectrometry Peptide N-glycosidase F Proteomics Tryptic peptide imaging 



This work was supported by the National Institute of Health/National Cancer Institute R21 CA185799 to RRD. PMA appreciates support from the National Institutions of Health through the National Institute of General Medical Sciences P20GM103542.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peggi M. Angel
    • 1
    Email author
  • Anand Mehta
    • 1
  • Kim Norris-Caneda
    • 1
  • Richard R. Drake
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Cell and Molecular PharmacologyMedical University of South CarolinaCharlestonUSA

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