Martin Wilson1,2, Greg M. Reynolds3, Risto A. Kauppinen4, Theo N. Arvanitis2,3, Andrew C. Peet1,2
1Cancer Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK; 2Oncology, Birmingham Childrens Hospital Foundation Trust, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK; 3School of Electronic, Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK; 4Dartmouth Medial School, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, USA
A method is presented to investigate the signals originating from cytoplasmic lipid droplets (CLDs) and macromolecules present in 1H HR-MAS spectra. Data from a panel of 18 cell lines, derived from a range of childhood nervous system tumours, is analysed and strong correlations are found between lipid signals at 0.9. 1.3, 1.6 and 5.3ppm. Weaker correlations are also observed for the macromolecule peaks. The relative ratios between the lipid peaks are constant implying that CLD signals originate from a homogeneous group of species.