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Title: Precursor mass prediction by clustering ionization products in LC-MS-based metabolomics
Authors: Lee, T.S.
Ho, Y.S.
Yeo, H.C.
Lin, J.P.Y.
Lee, D.-Y. 
Keywords: Ionization products
Precursor mass prediction
Untargeted metabolomics
Issue Date: Dec-2013
Citation: Lee, T.S., Ho, Y.S., Yeo, H.C., Lin, J.P.Y., Lee, D.-Y. (2013-12). Precursor mass prediction by clustering ionization products in LC-MS-based metabolomics. Metabolomics 9 (6) : 1301-1310. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) is becoming the dominant technology in metabolomics, involving the comprehensive analysis of small molecules in biological systems. However, its use is still limited mainly by challenges in global high-throughput identification of metabolites: LC-MS data is highly complex, particularly due to the formation of multiple ionization products from individual metabolites. To address the limitation in metabolite identification, we developed a principled approach, designed to exploit the multi-dimensional information hidden in the data. The workflow first clusters candidate ionization products of the same metabolite together which typically have similar retention time, then searches for mass relationships among them in order to determine their ion types and metabolite identity. The robustness of our approach was demonstrated by its application to the LC-MS profiles of cell culture supernatant, which accurately predicted most of the known media components in the samples. Compared to conventional methods, our approach was able to generate significantly fewer candidate metabolites without missing out valid ones, thus reducing false-positive matches. Additionally, improved confidence in identification is achieved since each prediction comes with a probable combination of known ion types. Hence, our integrative workflow provides precursor mass predictions with high confidence by identifying various ionization products which account for a large proportion of detected peaks, thus minimizing false positives. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York.
Source Title: Metabolomics
ISSN: 15733882
DOI: 10.1007/s11306-013-0539-4
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