Michael Becker

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In recent years, matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI)-imaging mass spectrometry has become a mature technology, allowing for reproducible high-resolution measurements to localize proteins and smaller molecules. However, despite this impressive technological advance, only a few papers have been published concerned with computational methods(More)
Normalization is critically important for the proper interpretation of matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) imaging datasets. The effects of the commonly used normalization techniques based on total ion count (TIC) or vector norm normalization are significant, and they are frequently beneficial. In certain cases, however, these normalization(More)
Cancer research is one of the most promising application areas for the new technology of MALDI tissue imaging. Cancerous tissue can easily be distinguished from healthy tissue by dramatically changed metabolism, growth, and apoptotic processes. Of even higher interest is the fact that MALDI imaging allows to unveil molecular differentiation undetectable by(More)
OBJECTIVE To use a new, unbiased biomarker discovery strategy to obtain and assess proteomic data from cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS)-related disorders. METHODS CSF protein profiles were analyzed from 107 patients with either MS-related disorders (including relapsing remitting MS [RRMS], primary progressive MS [PPMS],(More)
Amyloidosis is a heterogeneous group of protein misfolding diseases characterized by deposition of amyloid proteins. The kidney is frequently affected, especially by immunoglobulin light chain (AL) and serum amyloid A (SAA) amyloidosis as the most common subgroups. Current diagnosis relies on histopathological examination, Congo red staining, or electron(More)
UNLABELLED New biomarkers are needed to improve the specificity of prostate cancer detection and characterisation of individual tumors. In a proteomics profiling approach using MALDI-MS tissue imaging on frozen tissue sections, we identified discriminating masses. Imaging analysis of cancer, non-malignant benign epithelium and stromal areas of 15(More)
MALDI-TOF MS is traditionally used for "proteomics", but is also a useful tool for lipid analysis. Depending on the applied matrix, however, some lipid classes are more sensitively detected than other ones and this may even lead to suppression effects if complex mixtures are analyzed. Therefore, a previous separation into the individual lipid classes is(More)
Three-dimensional (3D) imaging has a significant impact on many challenges of life sciences. Three-dimensional matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization imaging mass spectrometry (MALDI-IMS) is an emerging label-free bioanalytical technique capturing the spatial distribution of hundreds of molecular compounds in 3D by providing a MALDI mass spectrum for(More)
Material and Methods: Mammographic films with clustered microcalcifications of known histology were digitized. All clusters were rated by two radiologists on a 3 point scale: benign, indeterminate and malignant. Automated detected clustered microcalcifications were clustered. Features derived from those clusters were used as input to 2 artificial neural(More)
In the last years, matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry imaging (MALDI MSI) became an imaging technique which has the potential to characterize complex tumor tissue. The combination with other modalities and with standard histology techniques was achieved by the use of image registration methods and enhances analysis possibilities.(More)