Advancing Safety, Availability, and Quality of Nutritional Goods
Nutrition forms a critical part of human health and development. Nutritional research covers everything from the agricultural impact of organic produce to the nutritional value of manufactured products, to the quality of water we drink and vitamins or supplements we take. Everything we consume has a unique nutritional value, and understanding the variance can help us understand the global challenge of keeping current and future generations healthy throughout their lifespans. Better nutrition has been linked to improved infant, child, and maternal health, robust immune systems, safer pregnancies and childbirths, and lower risk of non-communicable diseases,1 while poor nutrition can leave people vulnerable to developing many chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.2 Healthy eating habits can help prevent and treat chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.3
Traditional Methods are Unable to Examine the Complex Metabolic Relationships in Nutrition Science
The Application of Metabolomics in Precision Nutrition
Understanding how to use nutrients and other dietary ingredients to improve health or treat diseases is a challenge for nutritional science. The intention of precision nutrition, an emerging branch of nutritional science, is to use modern technologies to assess an individual’s response to specific foods and dietary patterns to determine the most effective strategy to prevent or treat specific diseases.
Metabolomics can be a powerful tool to inform several aspects of precision nutrition and can be used to characterize a food’s chemical composition, identify specific nutrients in biofluids or tissues, or track the effects of dietary changes on health.
By leveraging our metabolomics platform, the Metabolon Global Discovery Panel, and our unmatched chemical library of metabolites, we can help our clients analyze the principle considerations of pharmacokinetics following dietary interventions and assess the effectiveness of interventions on health status in both humans and pets. Our work with pet food companies has focused on improving the health and longevity of animals.
Metabolon Provides Solutions for Nutrition
A functional understanding of gut microbial activity has been made possible by identifying the small molecules produced by microbial communities and how they modulate physiological processes in the host. To create a precise representation of the phenotype, Metabolon analyzes tens of thousands of discrete chemical signals and links them in biological pathways that other ‘omics do not capture.
The most thorough mechanistic view of the underlying biology is provided by Metabolon’s industry-leading coverage and quality, which accurately identifies over 5,400 metabolites and allows for thorough, accurate, and confident interpretation that provides knowledge rather than just data.
All of Metabolon’s solutions are driven by quality. Our clients can attest that we offer state-of-the-art quality assurance and control at every step of their research journey. Our Quality Management system (QMS) adheres to standards set by The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and is certified by ISO 9001:2015. Every process we conduct is governed by these rigorous standards.
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Metabolomics Panels for Nutritional Applications
Amino Acids Targeted Panel
Beta-Hydroxybutyrate Single Analyte Assay
β-Hydroxybutyrate (BHB, 3-hydroxybutyrate) is an endogenous ketone body that accumulates during periods of fasting, calorie restriction and prolonged exercise. It is created via a multi-step process involving the break-down of fatty acids into acetyl CoA, conversion to acetoacetate and reduction to β-hydroxybutyrate in the liver. BHB is the primary ketone found in the blood and is necessary for brain function especially when glucose is unavailable. It also provides neuroprotective benefits, such as relieving oxidative stress and inhibition of apoptotic pathway in cells.
Bile Acids Targeted Panel
Central Carbons Targeted Panel
Free Fatty Acids Targeted Panel
Metabolon in Action
Ketogenic Efficacy Through Microbiome Metabolism
A potential treatment for epilepsy without using probiotics is revealed through metabolomics following a ketogenic diet treatment. Metabolon identified hundreds of metabolites, with a large portion of those with significantly altered levels belonging to a class of metabolites called gamma-glutamyl amino acids (GG-AAs). The GG-AAs were found to be reduced in the mice fed a ketogenic diet, suggesting that GG-AA levels were significantly correlated to the number of seizures in the mouse model.
Impact of Probiotic Supplementation on Low Bone Mineral Density (BMD)
Metabolomics Profiling Impact of Preweaning Nutrition on Growth of Dairy Calves
Metabolomics is a powerful technology that enabled characterization of the main metabolic pathways primed by early-life nutrition. This information can be used to improve preweaning nutrition to facilitate a smoother transition to solid feed and, ultimately, has the potential to help maximize future productive outcomes in dairy cows.
Metabolic Response to Coffee Consumption
This study provided the first profiling of metabolomic changes in response to persistent coffee consumption. The finding that coffee consumption increased metabolite production from gut microbiota is exciting because numerous studies have reported that gut microbiota changes impact diseases that are associated with persistent coffee consumption. A subset of these metabolites was able to significantly discriminate the non-coffee drinking period from the coffee drinking period.
Interested in Further Studies?
Once you see the full value of metabolomics, the only remaining question is who does it best? While many laboratories have metabolite profiling or analytical chemistry capabilities, comprehensive metabolomics technologies are extremely rare. Accurate, unbiased metabolite identification across the entire metabolome introduces signal-to-noise challenges that very few labs are equipped to handle. Also, translating massive quantities of data into actionable information is slow, if not impossible, for most because proper interpretation takes two things that are in short supply: experience and a comprehensive database.
Only Metabolon has all four core metabolomics capabilities
Ability to interrogate thousands of metabolites across diverse biochemical space, revealing new insights and opportunities
Ability to integrate the data from different studies into the same dataset, in different geographies, among different patients over time
Ability to inform on proper study design, generate high‐quality data, derive biological insights, and make actionable recommendations
Ability to process hundreds of thousands of samples quickly and cost‐efficiently to service rapidly growing demand
Partner with Metabolon to access:
A library of 5,400+ known metabolites, 2,000 in human plasma, all referenced in the context of biochemical pathways
- That’s 5x the metabolites of the closest competitor
Unparalleled depth and breadth of experience analyzing and interpreting metabolomic data to find meaningful results
- 10,000+ projects with hundreds of clients
- 2,000+ publications covering 500 diseases, including numerous peer-reviewed journals such as Cell, Nature and Science
- Nearly 40 PhDs in data science, molecular biology, and biochemistry
Using our robust platform and visualization tools, our experts are uniquely able to tell you more about your molecule and develop assay panels to help you zero in on the results you need.
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1. Nutrition. WHO. Available at https://www.who.int/health-topics/nutrition Accessed 08-30-2022
2. Disease Prevention. Harvard School of Public Health. Available https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/disease-prevention Accessed 08-30-2022
3. Can You Prevent Chronic Diseases. CDC. Available https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/about/prevent/index.htm Accessed 08-30-2022
4. Bennet, B.J., Hall, K.D., et al. Nutrition and the science of disease prevention: a systems approach to support metabolic health. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1352, 1-12. doi:10.1111/nyas.12945