Early detection of unilateral ureteral obstruction by desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. Academic Article uri icon


  • Desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (DESI-MS) is an emerging analytical tool for rapid in situ assessment of metabolomic profiles on tissue sections without tissue pretreatment or labeling. We applied DESI-MS to identify candidate metabolic biomarkers associated with kidney injury at the early stage. DESI-MS was performed on sections of kidneys from 80 mice over a time course following unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO) and compared to sham controls. A predictive model of renal damage was constructed using the LASSO (least absolute shrinkage and selection operator) method. Levels of lipid and small metabolites were significantly altered and glycerophospholipids comprised a significant fraction of altered species. These changes correlate with altered expression of lipid metabolic genes, with most genes showing decreased expression. However, rapid upregulation of PG(22:6/22:6) level appeared to be a hitherto unknown feature of the metabolic shift observed in UUO. Using LASSO and SAM (significance analysis of microarrays), we identified a set of well-measured metabolites that accurately predicted UUO-induced renal damage that was detectable by 12h after UUO, prior to apparent histological changes. Thus, DESI-MS could serve as a useful adjunct to histology in identifying renal damage and demonstrates early and broad changes in membrane associated lipids.

published proceedings

  • Sci Rep

altmetric score

  • 1

author list (cited authors)

  • Banerjee, S., Wong, A., Yan, X., Wu, B. o., Zhao, H., Tibshirani, R. J., Zare, R. N., & Brooks, J. D.

citation count

  • 9

complete list of authors

  • Banerjee, Shibdas||Wong, Anny Chuu-Yun||Yan, Xin||Wu, Bo||Zhao, Hongjuan||Tibshirani, Robert J||Zare, Richard N||Brooks, James D

publication date

  • January 2019