Smart sampling as the "Spot-on" Method for LC-MS protein analysis from dried blood spots.

Journal of separation science(2023)

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This perspective explores the feasibility of smart sampling with dried blood spots for the determination of proteins and peptides from human biomatrices using liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry for clinical purposes. The focus is on innovative approaches to transform filter paper from a mere sample carrier to an active element in sample preparation, with the aim of reducing the need for extensive and intensive sample preparation in the conventional sense. Specifically, we discuss the use of modified cellulose to integrate sample preparation at an early stage of sample handling. The use of paper immobilized with either trypsin or monoclonal antibodies for protein digestion and affinity clean-up is discussed as a potential benefit of starting sample preparation instantly at the moment of sampling to optimize time efficiency and enable faster analysis, diagnosis, and follow-up of patients.
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