Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Shawn R. Campagna
Michael D. Best, Tessa R. Calhoun, Todd B. Reynolds
Mass Spectrometry has become a powerful tool to study biological systems. Tailoring detection strategies to specific classes of molecules improves discovery-based investigations. This thesis will investigate three classes of compounds in three distinct biological groups. The first study that will be discussed was examining the phospholipidome of Candida Albicans to investigate virulence. The second study was monitoring isotopically labeled metabolite flux of coral infected with black band disease to study how disease progression affects metabolic rates. Finally, a novel method was developed to examine the composition of toxic steroids that fireflies use for protection.These discovery-based studies demonstrate the capabilities of mass spectrometric studies to probe biologically relevant molecules. Discovery based studies can generate new drug targets, corroborate previous findings, and detect unknown molecules which drive metabolism changes.
Farmer, Abigail Tester, "Advancing Analytical Techniques to Study Biology: Mass Spectrometry Based Analysis of Small Molecules. " PhD diss., University of Tennessee, 2018.
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