Towards the integration of matrix assisted laser desorption ionisation mass spectrometry imaging into the current fingermark examination workflow

BRADSHAW, Robert, BLEAY, Stephen, WOLSTENHOLME, Rosalind, CLENCH, Malcolm and FRANCESE, Simona (2013). Towards the integration of matrix assisted laser desorption ionisation mass spectrometry imaging into the current fingermark examination workflow. Forensic Science International, 232 (1-3), 111-124.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.forsciint.2013.07.013
Link to published version:: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2013.07.013

Abstract

A wide range of fingermark enhancement techniques (FET) is currently employed to visualise latent fingermarks at crime scenes. However, if smudged, partial, distorted or absent in the National Fingerprint Database, crime scene marks may be not useful for identification purposes. In these circumstances, a technology enabling chemical imaging of both endogenous and exogenous species contained within the fingermark could provide additional and associative investigative information, to profile the suspect's activities prior to the crime. Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Ionisation Mass Spectrometry Imaging (MALDI MSI) has proven to be such a technique, enabling investigative information to be gathered, for example, on what substances the donor has come in contact with and what they have ingested. Nonetheless, to be employed, MALDI MSI has to be validated and its compatibility with FET tested for integration into the standard fingermark examination workflow. For the first time, a direct comparison has been made between the efficiency of a range of FET and MALDI MSI under different conditions. This information will build towards validation of the technology. Also, for the first time, MALDI MSI has been successfully employed as a sequential step following fingermark enhancement using many of the currently employed FET. Additionally, known enhancers have been "re-visited" by combining them with a MALDI matrix, providing both improved fingermark development and chemical species detection via MALDI MSI. The result reported here are good indication in favour of the integration of MALDI MSI into the current fingermark examination workflow for gathering additional investigative information.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2013.07.013
Depositing User: Marguerite Lyons
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2013 09:08
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2013 09:08
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7354

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