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Grant Number: 1U01CA235507-01 Interpret this number
Primary Investigator: Du, Xiuxia
Organization: University Of North Carolina Charlotte
Project Title: Cross-Platform and Graphical Software Tool for Adaptive Lc/MS and Gc/MS Metabolomics Data Preprocessing
Fiscal Year: 2018
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Abstract

Project Summary / Abstract Data preprocessing is critical for the success of any MS-based untargeted metabolomics study, as it is the first informatics step for making sense of the data. Despite the enormous contributions that existing software tools have made to metabolomics, errors in compound identification and relative quantitation are still plaguing the field. This issue is becoming more serious as the sensitivity of LC/MS and GC/MS platforms is constantly increasing. Preprocessing involves peak detection, peak grouping and annotation for LC/MS or spectral deconvolution for GC/MS data, and peak alignment. Existing software tools invariably yield an immense number of false positive and false negative peaks, produce inaccurate peak groups, mis-align detected peaks, and extract inaccurate information of relative metabolite quantitation. These errors can translate downstream into spurious or missing compound identifications and cause misleading interpretations of the metabolome. Furthermore, users need to specify a large number of parameters for existing software tools to work. Unfortunately, general users usually do not understand how to optimize these parameters, and maximizing one aspect (e.g., sensitivity) often has deleterious effects on another (e.g., specificity). We will address these challenges by developing more accurate algorithms for improving the rigor and reproducibility of data preprocessing. The proposed algorithms will be implemented in Java and integrated with the widely-used MZmine 2, making the software cross-platform and user-friendly with rich visualization capabilities. In addition, the implementation will be optimized for memory efficiency and computing speed allowing large-scale data preprocessing. Extensive testing of the software will be conducted in close collaborations with metabolomics core facilities and users around the world.

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