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J Neuroimmune Pharmacol. 2010 Mar;5(1):18-30. doi: 10.1007/s11481-009-9157-3. Epub 2009 May 7.

Database resources in metabolomics: an overview.

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  • 1Department of Chemistry, University of Kansas, 1251 Wescoe Hall Drive, Lawrence, KS 66045, USA.


Metabolomics is the characterization, identification, and quantitation of metabolites resulting from a wide range of biochemical processes in living systems. Its rapid development over the past few years has increased the demands for bioinformatics and cheminformatics resources that span from data processing tools, comprehensive databases, statistical tools, and computational tools for modeling metabolic networks. With the wealth of information that is being amassed, new types of metabolomic databases are emerging that are not only designed to store, manage, and analyze metabolomic data but are also designed to serve as gateways to the vast information space of metabolism in living systems. At present, metabolomics is underpinned by a number of freely and commercially available databases that provide information on the chemical structures, physicochemical and pharmacological properties, spectral profiles, experimental workflows, and biological functions of metabolites. This review provides an overview of the recent progress in databases employed in metabolomics.

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