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. 2012 Jul;40(Web Server issue):W127-33.
doi: 10.1093/nar/gks374. Epub 2012 May 2.

MetaboAnalyst 2.0--a Comprehensive Server for Metabolomic Data Analysis

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MetaboAnalyst 2.0--a Comprehensive Server for Metabolomic Data Analysis

Jianguo Xia et al. Nucleic Acids Res. .
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First released in 2009, MetaboAnalyst ( was a relatively simple web server designed to facilitate metabolomic data processing and statistical analysis. With continuing advances in metabolomics along with constant user feedback, it became clear that a substantial upgrade to the original server was necessary. MetaboAnalyst 2.0, which is the successor to MetaboAnalyst, represents just such an upgrade. MetaboAnalyst 2.0 now contains dozens of new features and functions including new procedures for data filtering, data editing and data normalization. It also supports multi-group data analysis, two-factor analysis as well as time-series data analysis. These new functions have also been supplemented with: (i) a quality-control module that allows users to evaluate their data quality before conducting any analysis, (ii) a functional enrichment analysis module that allows users to identify biologically meaningful patterns using metabolite set enrichment analysis and (iii) a metabolic pathway analysis module that allows users to perform pathway analysis and visualization for 15 different model organisms. In developing MetaboAnalyst 2.0 we have also substantially improved its graphical presentation tools. All images are now generated using anti-aliasing and are available over a range of resolutions, sizes and formats (PNG, TIFF, PDF, PostScript, or SVG). To improve its performance, MetaboAnalyst 2.0 is now hosted on a much more powerful server with substantially modified code to take advantage the server's multi-core CPUs for computationally intensive tasks. MetaboAnalyst 2.0 also maintains a collection of 50 or more FAQs and more than a dozen tutorials compiled from user queries and requests. A downloadable version of MetaboAnalyst 2.0, along detailed instructions for local installation is now available as well.


Figure 1.
Figure 1.
Overview of MetaboAnalyst 2.0. This figure summarizes the main modules, functions and features in MetaboAnalyst 2.0. Black arrows show the flow of information from the input data to the data processing module to the four major analytical modules including: (i) multi-group statistical analysis; (ii) time-series analysis; (iii) enrichment analysis and (iv) pathway analysis. Also illustrated are a number of utilities for data quality checking, metabolite name/ID conversion, peak searching, and compound annotation.

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