MetaboAge DB: a repository of known ageing-related changes in the human metabolome

Biogerontology. 2020 Dec;21(6):763-771. doi: 10.1007/s10522-020-09892-w. Epub 2020 Aug 12.


Accumulating metabolomics data is starting to become extremely useful in understanding the ageing process, by providing a snapshot into the metabolic state of tissues and organs, at different ages. Molecular studies of such metabolic variations during "normal" ageing can hence guide lifestyle changes and/or medical interventions aimed at improving healthspan and perhaps even lifespan. In this work, we present MetaboAge, a freely accessible database which hosts ageing-related metabolite changes, occurring in healthy individuals. Data is automatically filtered and then manually curated from scientific articles reporting statistically significant associations of human metabolite variations or correlations with ageing. Up to date, MetaboAge contains 408 metabolites annotated with their biological and chemical information, and more than 1515 ageing-related variations, graphically represented on the website grouped by validation methods, sex and age-groups. The MetaboAge database aims to continually structure the expanding information from the field of metabolomics in relation to ageing, thus making it more accessible for further research in gerontology.

Keywords: Ageing; Database; Metabolite variation; Metabolomics.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aging*
  • Databases, Factual*
  • Humans
  • Metabolome*
  • Metabolomics*