LIPID MAPS online tools for lipid research

Nucleic Acids Res. 2007 Jul;35(Web Server issue):W606-12. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkm324. Epub 2007 Jun 21.


The LIPID MAPS consortium has developed a number of online tools for performing tasks such as drawing lipid structures and predicting possible structures from mass spectrometry (MS) data. A simple online interface has been developed to enable an end-user to rapidly generate a variety of lipid chemical structures, along with corresponding systematic names and ontological information. The structure-drawing tools are available for six categories of lipids: (i) fatty acyls, (ii) glycerolipids, (iii) glycerophospholipids, (iv) cardiolipins, (v) sphingolipids and (vi) sterols. Within each category, the structure-drawing tools support the specification of various parameters such as chain lengths at a specific sn position, head groups, double bond positions and stereochemistry to generate a specific lipid structure. The structure-drawing tools have also been integrated with a second set of online tools which predict possible lipid structures from precursor-ion and product-ion MS experimental data. The MS prediction tools are available for three categories of lipids: (i) mono/di/triacylglycerols, (ii) glycerophospholipids and (iii) cardiolipins. The LIPID MAPS online tools are publicly available at

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Computational Biology / methods*
  • Databases, Factual
  • Glycosphingolipids / chemistry
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Isomerism
  • Lipid Metabolism
  • Lipids / chemistry*
  • Lipids / classification
  • Models, Chemical
  • Molecular Conformation
  • Polysaccharides / chemistry
  • User-Computer Interface


  • Glycosphingolipids
  • Lipids
  • Polysaccharides