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Title: Comparative evaluation of software for retention time alignment of gas chromatography/time-of-flight mass spectrometry-based metabonomic data
Authors: Koh, Y.
Pasikanti, K.K.
Yap, C.W. 
Chan, E.C.Y. 
Keywords: Data processing
Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry
Peak alignment
Retention time alignment
Issue Date: 24-Dec-2010
Citation: Koh, Y., Pasikanti, K.K., Yap, C.W., Chan, E.C.Y. (2010-12-24). Comparative evaluation of software for retention time alignment of gas chromatography/time-of-flight mass spectrometry-based metabonomic data. Journal of Chromatography A 1217 (52) : 8308-8316. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In chromatography-based metabonomic research, retention time (RT) alignment of chromatographic peaks poses a challenge for the accurate profiling of biomarkers. Although a number of RT alignment software has been reported, the performance of these software packages have not been comprehensively evaluated. This study aimed to evaluate the RT alignment accuracy of publicly available and commercial RT alignment software. Two gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) datasets acquired from a mixture of standard metabolites and human bladder cancer urine samples, were used to assess three publicly available software packages, MetAlign, MZmine and TagFinder, and two commercial applications comprising the Calibration feature and Statistical Compare of ChromaTOF software. The overall RT alignment accuracies in aligning standard compounds mixture were 93, 92, 74, 73 and 42% for Calibration feature, MZmine, MetAlign, Statistical Compare and TagFinder, respectively. Additionally, unique trends were observed for the individual software with regards to the different experimental conditions related to extent and direction of RT shifts. Conflicting performance was observed for human urine samples suggesting that RT misalignments still occurred despite the use of RT alignment software. While RT alignment remains an inevitable step in data preprocessing, metabonomic researchers are recommended to perform manual check on the RT alignment of important biomarkers as part of their validation process. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.
Source Title: Journal of Chromatography A
ISSN: 00219673
DOI: 10.1016/j.chroma.2010.10.101
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