Elemental metabolomics

Ping Zhang, Constantinos A. Georgiou, Vladimir Brusic

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Abstract

Elemental metabolomics is quantification and characterization of total concentration of chemical elements in biological samples and monitoring of their changes. Recent advances in inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry have enabled simultaneous measurement of concentrations of > 70 elements in biological samples. In living organisms, elements interact and compete with each other for absorption and molecular interactions. They also interact with proteins and nucleotide sequences. These interactions modulate enzymatic activities and are critical for many molecular and cellular functions. Testing for concentration of > 40 elements in blood, other bodily fluids and tissues is now in routine use in advanced medical laboratories. In this article, we define the basic concepts of elemental metabolomics, summarize standards and workflows, and propose minimuminformation for reporting the results of an elemental metabolomics experiment. Major statistical and informatics tools for elemental metabolomics are reviewed, and examples of applications are discussed. Elemental metabolomics is emerging as an important new technology with applications in medical diagnostics, nutrition, agriculture, food science, environmental science and multiplicity of other areas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)524-536
Number of pages13
JournalBriefings in Bioinformatics
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2018

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Metabolomics
Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry
Informatics
Food Technology
Molecular interactions
Workflow
Environmental Monitoring
Nutrition
Nucleotides
Ecology
Agriculture
Chemical elements
Mass Spectrometry
Blood
Tissue
Technology
Proteins
Fluids
Monitoring
Testing

Keywords

  • Biomonitoring
  • Chemometrics
  • Clinical laboratory testing
  • Ionomics
  • Metallomics
  • Mineralomics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Molecular Biology

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Zhang, P., Georgiou, C. A., & Brusic, V. (2018). Elemental metabolomics. Briefings in Bioinformatics, 19(3), 524-536. https://doi.org/10.1093/bib/bbw131

Elemental metabolomics. / Zhang, Ping; Georgiou, Constantinos A.; Brusic, Vladimir.

In: Briefings in Bioinformatics, Vol. 19, No. 3, 01.05.2018, p. 524-536.

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Zhang, P, Georgiou, CA & Brusic, V 2018, 'Elemental metabolomics', Briefings in Bioinformatics, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 524-536. https://doi.org/10.1093/bib/bbw131
Zhang P, Georgiou CA, Brusic V. Elemental metabolomics. Briefings in Bioinformatics. 2018 May 1;19(3):524-536. https://doi.org/10.1093/bib/bbw131
Zhang, Ping ; Georgiou, Constantinos A. ; Brusic, Vladimir. / Elemental metabolomics. In: Briefings in Bioinformatics. 2018 ; Vol. 19, No. 3. pp. 524-536.
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