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MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry metabolite screening assays for drug discovery in human disease

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Organization address
address: KINGS GATE
postcode: NE1 7RU

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 212˙933 €
 EC max contribution 212˙933 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2019
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2020
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2020-04-01   to  2022-03-31


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 Project objective

Discovery for drug targets is a key step within the process of drug development, and is the corner stone in the pharmaceutical industry. This is mostly achieved by high-throughput screening (HTS) approaches in which a large number of chemical substances are assayed for a specific effect or activity in diverse areas of biology. Mass spectrometry (MS) has become a widely adopted tool in this field as it offers the possibility to simultaneously track molecules in a label-free manner, provides excellent signal to noise, reproducibility, assay precision, and a significantly reduced reagent cost when compared to fluorescence-based assays. Matrix-assisted laser/desorption ionisation time of flight (MALDI-TOF) is the most validated surface ionisation method for HTS approaches, but reported applications of this technology have been limited to in vitro assays with simple readouts and to peptide/protein-centric activity assays. To date, comprehensive and unbiased metabolomics based HTS approaches for cellular assays with MALDI-TOF have not been explored. The objective of this fellowship is to set up a MALDI-TOF based cellular assay for HTS metabolomics drug discovery in order to identify a set of metabolites to screen which will enable us to unbiasly and comprehensibly measure, in a HT manner, how drugs affect different metabolic pathways while simultaneously mapping the metabolic profile of the cell. First, I will develop a robust protocol for the detection, identification, and quantification of ~50 small metabolites for cellular assays. Then, I will apply this protocol to track metabolites in a pulmonary fibrosis cellular model, as well as in fibrotic lung tissue sections using MS imaging. The goal is to compare a disease model with the control to see how drugs are affecting these metabolites, and to see if identified biomarkers can be used to identify disease in tissue samples. As a final validation step, I will implement this platform in Boehringer Ingelheim in Germany.

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