'Isotopo' a database application for facile analysis and management of mass isotopomer data

Zeeshan Ahmed, Saman Zeeshan, Claudia Huber, Michael Hensel, Dietmar Schomburg, Richard Münch, Eva Eylert, Wolfgang Eisenreich, Thomas Dandekar

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UNLABELLED: The composition of stable-isotope labelled isotopologues/isotopomers in metabolic products can be measured by mass spectrometry and supports the analysis of pathways and fluxes. As a prerequisite, the original mass spectra have to be processed, managed and stored to rapidly calculate, analyse and compare isotopomer enrichments to study, for instance, bacterial metabolism in infection. For such applications, we provide here the database application 'Isotopo'. This software package includes (i) a database to store and process isotopomer data, (ii) a parser to upload and translate different data formats for such data and (iii) an improved application to process and convert signal intensities from mass spectra of (13)C-labelled metabolites such as tertbutyldimethylsilyl-derivatives of amino acids. Relative mass intensities and isotopomer distributions are calculated applying a partial least square method with iterative refinement for high precision data. The data output includes formats such as graphs for overall enrichments in amino acids. The package is user-friendly for easy and robust data management of multiple experiments.

AVAILABILITY: The 'Isotopo' software is available at the following web link (section Download): http://spp1316.uni-wuerzburg.de/bioinformatics/isotopo/. The package contains three additional files: software executable setup (installer), one data set file (discussed in this article) and one excel file (which can be used to convert data from excel to '.iso' format). The 'Isotopo' software is compatible only with the Microsoft Windows operating system.

DATABASE URL: http://spp1316.uni-wuerzburg.de/bioinformatics/isotopo/.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalDatabase : the journal of biological databases and curation
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Information Systems
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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