Bacteria characterization in ballast water using MALDI-TOF MS

Today, 22 March, is the World Water Day. It was created by the United Nations in 1993 to highlight the importance of fresh water, a resource that is not as reachable as it seems, unfortunately. It is essential for sustainable development and it plays a key role in poverty reduction, economic growth and the well-being Read more about Bacteria characterization in ballast water using MALDI-TOF MS[…]

Susceptibility testing with MALDI-TOF MS

Bacterial infections are one of the most common causes of death worldwide. That is why fast and correct therapies are a really important key for the survival of patients with such kind of diseases. Matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry entered the microbiological field some years ago, and since then, it has become an Read more about Susceptibility testing with MALDI-TOF MS[…]

Classification and identification of proteomic biomarkers with Machine Learning

Mass spectrometry technique is already known for its targeted, non-targeted and high throughput abilities that give it a great potential as a tool for proteomics data analysis. However, the quantification and identification methods that are used generate large amounts of data. At this point, a computational approach is required, and machine learning is one of Read more about Classification and identification of proteomic biomarkers with Machine Learning[…]

Catheter’s risk of resistant infections

The most common healthcare-acquired infections are urinary tract infections (UTIs), and half of them are associated with catheters. Approximately, a third of people catheterised develop bacteria in their urine after a few days, and 25% of them get infected. Fortunately, but still serious enough, a small percentage of them will develop life-threatening infections like sepsis. Read more about Catheter’s risk of resistant infections[…]

Antimicrobial resistance detection with MALDI-TOF MS

Application of MALDI-TOF MS to fight against bacterial resistance to antibiotics is growing fast. Traditional techniques are time-consuming and costly. This means the patient’s life is at risk. Therefore, it is important to find biomarkers of antimicrobial resistance to perform fast and cost-efficient resistance identification. MALDI-TOF MS has revolutionised pathogen identification. This has been described Read more about Antimicrobial resistance detection with MALDI-TOF MS[…]

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