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Development of a Standard Reference Material for Metabolomics Research

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posted on 17.12.2013, 00:00 by Karen W. Phinney, Guillaume Ballihaut, Mary Bedner, Brandi S. Benford, Johanna E. Camara, Steven J. Christopher, W. Clay Davis, Nathan G. Dodder, Gauthier Eppe, Brian E. Lang, Stephen E. Long, Mark S. Lowenthal, Elizabeth A. McGaw, Karen E. Murphy, Bryant C. Nelson, Jocelyn L. Prendergast, Jessica L. Reiner, Catherine A. Rimmer, Lane C. Sander, Michele M. Schantz, Katherine E. Sharpless, Lorna T. Sniegoski, Susan S.-C. Tai, Jeanice B. Thomas, Thomas W. Vetter, Michael J. Welch, Stephen A. Wise, Laura J. Wood, William F. Guthrie, Charles R. Hagwood, Stefan D. Leigh, James H. Yen, Nien-Fan Zhang, Madhu Chaudhary-Webb, Huiping Chen, Zia Fazili, Donna J. LaVoie, Leslie F. McCoy, Shahzad S. Momin, Neelima Paladugula, Elizabeth C. Pendergrast, Christine M. Pfeiffer, Carissa D. Powers, Daniel Rabinowitz, Michael E. Rybak, Rosemary L. Schleicher, Bridgette M. H. Toombs, Mary Xu, Mindy Zhang, Arthur L. Castle
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has developed a Standard Reference Material (SRM) to support technology development in metabolomics research. SRM 1950 Metabolites in Human Plasma is intended to have metabolite concentrations that are representative of those found in adult human plasma. The plasma used in the preparation of SRM 1950 was collected from both male and female donors, and donor ethnicity targets were selected based upon the ethnic makeup of the U.S. population. Metabolomics research is diverse in terms of both instrumentation and scientific goals. This SRM was designed to apply broadly to the field, not toward specific applications. Therefore, concentrations of approximately 100 analytes, including amino acids, fatty acids, trace elements, vitamins, hormones, selenoproteins, clinical markers, and perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), were determined. Value assignment measurements were performed by NIST and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). SRM 1950 is the first reference material developed specifically for metabolomics research.