Metabolomic Data Exploration and Analysis with the Human Metabolome Database

Methods Mol Biol. 2020;2104:165-184. doi: 10.1007/978-1-0716-0239-3_10.


The Human Metabolome Database (HMDB) is a comprehensive, online, digital database designed to support the analysis and interpretation of metabolomic data acquired from human and/or mammalian metabolomic studies. This chapter covers three methods or protocols pertinent to using the HMDB: (1) understanding the general layout of the HMDB; (2) exploring the contents of a typical HMDB "MetaboCard"; and (3) an example of how HMDB can be used in a metabolomics study on human glioblastoma.

Keywords: Data analysis; Database; Disease; Human; Metabolomics.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Computational Biology* / methods
  • Data Interpretation, Statistical*
  • Databases, Factual*
  • Glioblastoma / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Metabolome
  • Metabolomics* / methods
  • User-Computer Interface
  • Web Browser

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