Targeted analysis of glycomics liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry data

Anal Bioanal Chem. 2011 Jan;399(2):727-35. doi: 10.1007/s00216-010-4235-1. Epub 2010 Oct 16.


Hydrophilic interaction chromatography (HILIC) liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MS) is appropriate for all native and reductively aminated glycan classes. HILIC carries the advantage that retention times vary predictably according to oligosaccharide composition. Chromatographic conditions are compatible with sensitive and reproducible glycomics analysis of large numbers of samples. The data are extremely useful for quantitative profiling of glycans expressed in biological tissues. With these analytical developments, the rate-limiting factor for widespread use of HILIC LC/MS in glycomics is the analysis of the data. In order to eliminate this problem, a Java-based open source software tool, Manatee, was developed for targeted analysis of HILIC LC/MS glycan datasets. This tool uses user-defined lists of compositions that specify the glycan chemical space in a given biological context. The program accepts high-resolution LC/MS data using the public mzXML format and is capable of processing a large data file in a few minutes on a standard desktop computer. The program allows mining of HILIC LC/MS data with an output compatible with multivariate statistical analysis. It is envisaged that the Manatee tool will complement more computationally intensive LC/MS processing tools based on deconvolution and deisotoping of LC/MS data. The capabilities of the tool were demonstrated using a set of HILIC LC/MS data on organ-specific heparan sulfates.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cattle
  • Chromatography, Liquid / economics
  • Chromatography, Liquid / methods
  • Glycomics / economics
  • Glycomics / methods*
  • Heparitin Sulfate / analysis*
  • Hydrophobic and Hydrophilic Interactions
  • Mass Spectrometry / economics
  • Mass Spectrometry / methods*
  • Software*
  • Time Factors


  • Heparitin Sulfate