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Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 263910, 7 pages
Methodology Report

MarVis-Filter: Ranking, Filtering, Adduct and Isotope Correction of Mass Spectrometry Data

1Department of Bioinformatics, Institute of Microbiology and Genetics, Georg-August-University Göttingen, 37077 Göttingen, Germany
2Department for Plant Biochemistry, Albrecht-von-Haller-Institute for Plant Sciences, Georg-August-University Göttingen, 37077 Göttingen, Germany
3Department of Molecular Microbiology and Genetics, Institute of Microbiology and Genetics, Georg-August-University Göttingen, 37077 Göttingen, Germany

Received 28 July 2011; Revised 18 January 2012; Accepted 18 January 2012

Academic Editor: Brad Upham

Copyright © 2012 Alexander Kaever et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Statistical ranking, filtering, adduct detection, isotope correction, and molecular formula calculation are essential tasks in processing mass spectrometry data in metabolomics studies. In order to obtain high-quality data sets, a framework which incorporates all these methods is required. We present the MarVis-Filter software, which provides well-established and specialized methods for processing mass spectrometry data. For the task of ranking and filtering multivariate intensity profiles, MarVis-Filter provides the ANOVA and Kruskal-Wallis tests with adjustment for multiple hypothesis testing. Adduct and isotope correction are based on a novel algorithm which takes the similarity of intensity profiles into account and allows user-defined ionization rules. The molecular formula calculation utilizes the results of the adduct and isotope correction. For a comprehensive analysis, MarVis-Filter provides an interactive interface to combine data sets deriving from positive and negative ionization mode. The software is exemplarily applied in a metabolic case study, where octadecanoids could be identified as markers for wounding in plants.