Metabolomics technologies and metabolite identification

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Metabolomics studies rely on the analysis of the multitude of small molecules (metabolites) present in a biological system. Most commonly, metabolomics is heavily supported by mass spectrometry (MS) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) as parallel technologies that provide an overview of the metabolome and high-power compound elucidation. Over and above large-scale analysis, a major effort is needed for unequivocal identification of metabolites. The combination of liquid chromatography (LC)-MS and NMR is a powerful methodology for identifying metabolites. Better chemical characterization of the metabolome will undoubtedly enlarge knowledge of any biological system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)855-866
JournalTrAC : Trends in Analytical Chemistry
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • trap mass-spectrometry
  • h-1-nmr spectroscopy
  • nmr-spectroscopy
  • data sets
  • chromatography
  • database
  • probes
  • tool
  • acquisition
  • accuracy

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