Databases, tools and software developed and hosted by the West Coast Metabolomics Center

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ToolPurposeYear publicPublication
Chemical Translation Service(CTS) batch query for chemical names to DB identifiers 
across 200 DBs
2010 Bioinformatics (2010) 26(20):2647
MassBank of North America
integration of all freely available mass spectra, 
structures and metadata (> 200,000 spectra)

Analytical Chemistry. (2016) 88(16):7946

Spectral Hash Key 
online resource to create spectral identifiers, 
for MS library and DB exchanges
2016 Nature Biotechnology (2016) 
LipidBlast lipidomic ID, classes, templates, m/z lookups, 
MS/MS downloads, web search, MS/MS batch scores
2013 Nature Methods (2013);
MS-Feature List Optimizer
to clean up errors from MS data processing 
(MZmine, XCMS, MS-DIAL), including isotopes, 
doublets and adducts
2016 Analytical Chemistry 89.6 
(2017): 3250
miniX (access with login)
source code
study design database as foundation for all WCMC 
studies, for biological species, organ, treatment data
2006 Pacific Symp. Biocomputing (2007): 169


query of unknown GC/MS spectra against BinBase,
the WCMC DB with 8,000 metabolites from 
1600 studies, 110,000 samples
2017 Nature Methods (2018) 15: 53
MS2Analyzer Executable program download with tutorials; to analyze 
MS/MS spectra for neutral loss, product ion rules
2014 Analytical Chemistry 86.21 (2014): 10724
Seven Golden Rules Executable program download with tutorials; to 
calculate elemental formulas by accurate mass, isotopes
2007 BMC Bioinformatics (2007) 8(1):105
MetaBox R-based tool box for data normalization, statistics, 
pathway analysis with MetaMapp
2016 PloS ONE (2017) 12(1):e0171046
MetaMapp Chemical and biochemical mapping of metabolomics datasets 2012 BMC Bioinformatics (2012) 13(1):99
ChemRICH R-based comprehensive chemical clustering tool 
for Chemical Enrichment Analysis as alternative 
to metabolic pathway analysis
2017 SREP (2017) 
in review
ClassyFire batch Online service to return chemical compound classes
for lists of InChI key identifiers, based on the Wishart lab algorithm.
2017 J. Cheminformatics (2016),
8(1): 61
MS-DIAL 2.0 Software for data dependent and data independent
LC-MS/MS and GC-MS data processing. 
Developed by Dr Hiroshi Tsugawa and Prof Masanori
Arita in collaboration with the Fiehn laboratory
Nature Methods (2015),
MS-FINDER 2.0 Software for virtual mass spectra predictions from structure 
using bond energies, H-rearrangements, heuristic rules for 
LC-MS/MS and GC-MS spectra. 
Developed by Dr Hiroshi Tsugawa and Prof Masanori
Arita in collaboration with the Fiehn laboratory
Analytical Chemistry (2016), 88(16):7946


Specific WCMC data dictionaries and standard operating protocols (SOPs)

data dictionary lipidomics

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SOP biofluid extraction lipidomics  
SOP data acquisition lipidomics   
SOP data processing lipidomics

data dictionary primary metabolomics

SOP biofluid extraction primary metabolism 
SOP data acquisition primary metabolites   
SOP data processing primary metabolites

data dictionary biogenic amines / specialized metabolites

SOP biofluid extraction biogenic amines / specialized metabolites
SOP biofluid data acquisition biogenic amines / specialized metabolites
SOP biofluid data processing biogenic amines / specialized metabolites

data dictionary bile acids

SOP bile acids

data dictionary eicosanoids

SOP eicosanoids

data dictionary steroids

SOP steroids

data dictionary flux analysis

SOP flux analysis