Rapid evaporative ionisation mass spectrometry (REIMS) provides accurate direct from culture species identification within the genus Candida

Simon J. S. Cameron, Frances Bolt, Alvaro Perdones-Montero, Tony Rickards, Kate Alexander-Hardiman, Adam Burke, Zsolt Bodai, Tamas Karancsi, Daniel Simon, Richard Schaffer, Monica Rebec, Julia Balog, Zoltan Takats

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Abstract

Members of the genus Candida, such as C. albicans and C. parapsilosis, are important human pathogens. Other members of this genus, previously believed to carry minimal disease risk, are increasingly recognised as important human pathogens, particularly because of variations in susceptibilities to widely used anti-fungal agents. Thus, rapid and accurate identification of clinical Candida isolates is fundamental in ensuring timely and effective treatments are delivered. Rapid Evaporative Ionisation Mass Spectrometry (REIMS) has previously been shown to provide a high-throughput platform for the rapid and accurate identification of bacterial and fungal isolates. In comparison to commercially available matrix assisted laser desorption ionisation time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-ToF), REIMS based methods require no preparative steps nor time-consuming cell extractions. Here, we report on the ability of REIMS-based analysis to rapidly and accurately identify 153 clinical Candida isolates to species level. Both handheld bipolar REIMS and high-throughput REIMS platforms showed high levels of species classification accuracy, with 96% and 100% of isolates classified correctly to species level respectively. In addition, significantly different (FDR corrected P value<0.05) lipids within the 600 to 1000m/z mass range were identified, which could act as species-specific biomarkers in complex microbial communities.
Original languageEnglish
Article number36788
Number of pages10
JournalScientific Reports
Volume6
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2016

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