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First released in 2009, MetaboAnalyst (www.metaboanalyst.ca) was a relatively simple web server designed to facilitate metabolomic data processing and statistical analysis. With continuing advances in metabolomics along with constant user feedback, it became clear that a substantial upgrade to the original server was necessary. MetaboAnalyst 2.0, which is(More)
Many metabolomics, and other high-content or high-throughput, experiments are set up such that the primary aim is the discovery of biomarker metabolites that can discriminate, with a certain level of certainty, between nominally matched 'case' and 'control' samples. However, it is unfortunately very easy to find markers that are apparently persuasive but(More)
Metabolomics is increasingly being applied towards the identification of biomarkers for disease diagnosis, prognosis and risk prediction. Unfortunately among the many published metabolomic studies focusing on biomarker discovery, there is very little consistency and relatively little rigor in how researchers select, assess or report their candidate(More)
The chemical identification of mass spectrometric signals in metabolomic applications is important to provide conversion of analytical data to biological knowledge about metabolic pathways. The complexity of electrospray mass spectrometric data acquired from a range of samples (serum, urine, yeast intracellular extracts, yeast metabolic footprints,(More)
BACKGROUND Cell growth underlies many key cellular and developmental processes, yet a limited number of studies have been carried out on cell-growth regulation. Comprehensive studies at the transcriptional, proteomic and metabolic levels under defined controlled conditions are currently lacking. RESULTS Metabolic control analysis is being exploited in a(More)
The aim of this study was to adopt the approach of metabolic fingerprinting through the use of Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy and chemometrics to study the effect of salinity on tomato fruit. Two varieties of tomato were studied, Edkawy and Simge F1. Salinity treatment significantly reduced the relative growth rate of Simge F1 but had no(More)
A method for the preparation and GC-TOF-MS analysis of human serum samples has been developed and evaluated for application in long-term metabolomic studies. Serum samples were deproteinized using 3:1 methanol/serum, dried in a vacuum concentrator, and chemically derivatized in a two-stage process. Samples were analyzed by GC-TOF-MS with a 25 min analysis(More)
BACKGROUND The stability of mammalian serum and urine in large metabolomic investigations is essential for accurate, valid and reproducible studies. The stability of mammalian serum and urine, either processed immediately by freezing at -80 degrees C or stored at 4 degrees C for 24 h before being frozen, was compared in a pilot metabolomic study of samples(More)
The study of biological systems in a holistic manner (systems biology) is increasingly being viewed as a necessity to provide qualitative and quantitative descriptions of the emergent properties of the complete system. Systems biology performs studies focussed on the complex interactions of system components; emphasising the whole system rather than the(More)
Metabolomics and systems biology require the acquisition of reproducible, robust, reliable, and homogeneous biological data sets. Therefore, we developed and validated standard operating procedures (SOPs) for quenching and efficient extraction of metabolites from Escherichia coli to determine the best methods to approach global analysis of the metabolome.(More)