Fourteen blood samples from patients with melanomas and 11 blood samples from healthy subjects were analyzed by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry. The study focussed on species of low molecular weight, in the 800-5000 Da range, present in plasma and sera. While for healthy subjects plasma samples lead to the production of a higher number of ionic species, for melanoma patients a high number of diagnostic ions, present with high frequency and with quite high relative abundance, are present, in particular, in serum samples and, to a lesser extent, also in plasma. Since plasma samples are obtained more easily in comparison to sera, it is possible to suggest that plasma can also be used for these studies.
- Human plasma
- Human serum
- Mass spectrometry
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics