Journal Highlight: In vitro discrimination of wound-associated bacteria by volatile compound profiling using selected ion flow tube-mass spectrometry

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Selected ion flow tube-mass spectrometry in full mass scan mode was used to analyse headspace gases produced by wound-associated bacteria in the wounds and on dressing materials.

In vitro discrimination of wound-associated bacteria by volatile compound profiling using selected ion flow tube-mass spectrometry

Journal of Applied Microbiology, 2017, 123, 233-245
E.A. Slade, R.M.S. Thorn, A.M. Lovering, A. Young and D.M. Reynolds

Abstract: Selected ion flow tube-mass spectrometry (SIFT-MS) in full mass scan mode was used to analyse headspace gases produced by wound-associated bacteria grown in vitro, so as to enable identification of bacterial volatile product ion profiles in the resulting mass spectra. Applying multivariate statistical analysis (hierarchical clustering and principal component analysis) to the resultant mass spectra enabled clear speciation. Moreover, bacterial volatile product ions could be detected from artificially contaminated wound dressing material, although the pattern of product ions detected was influenced by culture conditions. Using selected product ions from the SIFT-MS mass spectra it is possible to discriminate wound-associated bacterial species grown under specific in vitro culture conditions. The results of this study have shown that wound-associated bacteria can be discriminated using volatile analysis in vitro and that bacterial volatiles can be detected from wound dressing material. This indicates that volatile analysis of wounds or dressing material to identify infecting microbes has potential and warrants further study.

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