24 May 2018

Maastricht technology makes simultaneous lipid imaging and identification possible

Scientists from Maastricht University (UM) and researchers from Denmark and Germany have developed a new technique to accurately determine both the location and identity of lipids in bodily tissues in a single workflow. Lipids are essential molecules in every cell of our body and intimately involved in many important biological functions.  They have also demonstrated to have great diagnostic potential for a variety of diseases such as cancer, stroke or Alzheimer’s. Until now, it has been virtually impossible to precisely localize, analyse and identify these molecules simultaneously. “Our new technique ensures that in the near future medical researchers will be able to determine the severity of different disease processes by knowing exactly how and where lipids are altered in diseased tissues”, says Maastricht Professor Ron Heeren. The findings of the research team were published this week in the prominent scientific journal Nature Methods.