MetaboliteDetector: comprehensive analysis tool for targeted and nontargeted GC/MS based metabolome analysis

Anal Chem. 2009 May 1;81(9):3429-39. doi: 10.1021/ac802689c.


We have developed a new software, MetaboliteDetector, for the efficient and automatic analysis of GC/MS-based metabolomics data. Starting with raw MS data, the program detects and subsequently identifies potential metabolites. Moreover, a comparative analysis of a large number of chromatograms can be performed in either a targeted or nontargeted approach. MetaboliteDetector automatically determines appropriate quantification ions and performs an integration of single ion peaks. The analysis results can directly be visualized with a principal component analysis. Since the manual input is limited to absolutely necessary parameters, the program is also usable for the analysis of high-throughput data. However, the intuitive graphical user interface of MetaboliteDetector additionally allows for a detailed examination of a single GC/MS chromatogram including single ion chromatograms, recorded mass spectra, and identified metabolite spectra in combination with the corresponding reference spectra obtained from a reference library. MetaboliteDetector offers the ability to operate with highly resolved profile mass data. Finally, all analysis results can be exported to tab delimited tables. The features of MetaboliteDetector are demonstrated by the analysis of two experimental metabolomics data sets. MetaboliteDetector is freely available under the GNU public license (GPL) at

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aerobiosis
  • Algorithms
  • Amino Acids / metabolism
  • Calibration
  • Cell Proliferation
  • Electronic Data Processing
  • Ethanol / metabolism
  • Fermentation
  • Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Fungal
  • Glucose / metabolism
  • Metabolomics / methods*
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / cytology
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / genetics
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / metabolism
  • Software*


  • Amino Acids
  • Ethanol
  • Glucose