LIPID MAPS® Highlights — June, 2018


We are delighted to launch the new LIPID MAPS Lipidomics Gateway, funded by the Wellcome Trust and jointly hosted by Cardiff University, Babraham Institute and University of California San Diego (UCSD). These are exciting times as we move forward with Phase II of this global project.

Our new site provides easier access to the most utilized areas: Lipid Classification System; Structure Database; and Tools. Curation has restarted, with over 500+ new lipid molecules added in the last few months with many now featured in our structure drawing tools.

Back in 2016, we asked you what you would like to see on LIPID MAPS, and in response we provide new features including raw MS data deposition in collaboration with Metabolomics Workbench (which already hosts over 500 lipidomics studies), and statistical analysis tools. We include a contact form for you to get in touch with us and provide feedback. We also have a registration facility, and will be using this as a mailing list in the coming months to send out a periodic newsletter. Registration is quick and easy.

Over the coming months, new features will be added including updated protocols and systems biology/pathway tools. We are keen to hear from potential partners in the areas of education, outreach and standardisation, as well as commercial partners. We are committed to working with our users to provide more and better tools to our global research community, and remain at heart a community driven open-access resource.

Best wishes,


Bill Christie
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LIPID MAPS® Structure Database (LMSD) and Classification System

View lipid structures from a database of over 42,000 structures based on the first internationally accepted classification system.

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LIPID MAPS® Gene/Protein Database (LMPD)

A database of lipid-related genes and proteins a database of over 8500 genes and 12500 proteins across 10 major species

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Lipidomics Experimental Data

Submit your own lipidomics data, or view, access and analyze over 500 studies deposited in public repositories, as well as that generated by the LIPID MAPS® Consortium.

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Mass Spectrometry Tools

Perform MS searches on LMSD and high resolution LCMS datasets. Calculate exact mass of lipid ions or predict MS/MS spectra

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Lipid Structure Drawing Tools

Lipid structure-drawing tools for over 50 lipid classes available through online interfaces and REST services.

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Statistical Analyses Tools and Interfaces

Load your own table of processed data grouped by experimental conditions and perform online statistical analyses