La spettrometria di massa MALDI-TOF per la diagnosi delle malattie infettive

Translated title of the contribution: MALDITOF MS for the diagnosis of infectious diseases

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First introduced into clinical microbiology laboratories in Europe, MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry (MS) is being rapidly embraced by laboratories around the globe. Although it has multiple applications, its widespread adoption in clinical microbiology relates to its use as an inexpensive, easy, fast, and accurate method for identification of grown bacteria and fungi based on automated analysis of the mass distribution of bacterial proteins. This review provides a historical perspective on this new technology. Modern applications in the clinical microbiology laboratory are reviewed with a focus on the most recent publications in the field. Identification of aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, mycobacteria, and fungi are discussed, as are applications for testing urine and positive blood culture bottles. The strengths and limitations of MALDI-TOF MS applications in clinical microbiology are also addressed. MALDI-TOF MS is a tool for rapid, accurate, and cost-effective identification of cultured bacteria and fungi in clinical microbiology. The technology is automated, high throughput, and applicable to a broad range of common as well as esoteric bacteria and fungi. MALDI-TOF MS is an incontrovertibly beneficial technology for the clinical microbiology laboratory.

Translated title of the contributionMALDITOF MS for the diagnosis of infectious diseases
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)154-165
Number of pages12
JournalBiochimica Clinica
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, medical
  • Medical Laboratory Technology


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