Open-access metabolomics databases for natural product research: present capabilities and future potential

Front Bioeng Biotechnol. 2015 Mar 4:3:22. doi: 10.3389/fbioe.2015.00022. eCollection 2015.


Various databases have been developed to aid in assigning structures to spectral peaks observed in metabolomics experiments. In this review article, we discuss the utility of currently available open-access spectral and chemical databases for natural products discovery. We also provide recommendations on how the research community can contribute to further improvements.

Keywords: gas chromatography; high performance liquid chromatography; mass spectrometry; metabolomics; natural product; nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy; secondary metabolite.

Publication types

  • Review