Sharing and community curation of mass spectrometry data with Global Natural Products Social Molecular Networking

Mingxun Wang, Jeremy J. Carver, Vanessa V. Phelan, Laura M. Sanchez, Neha Garg, Yao Peng, Don Duy Nguyen, Jeramie Watrous, Clifford A. Kapono, Tal Luzzatto-Knaan, Carla Porto, Amina Bouslimani, Alexey V. Melnik, Michael J. Meehan, Wei Ting Liu, Max Crüsemann, Paul D. Boudreau, Eduardo Esquenazi, Mario Sandoval-Calderón, Roland D. KerstenLaura A. Pace, Robert A. Quinn, Katherine R. Duncan, Cheng Chih Hsu, Dimitrios J. Floros, Ronnie G. Gavilan, Karin Kleigrewe, Trent Northen, Rachel J. Dutton, Delphine Parrot, Erin E. Carlson, Bertrand Aigle, Charlotte F. Michelsen, Lars Jelsbak, Christian Sohlenkamp, Pavel Pevzner, Anna Edlund, Jeffrey McLean, Jörn Piel, Brian T. Murphy, Lena Gerwick, Chih Chuang Liaw, Yu Liang Yang, Hans Ulrich Humpf, Maria Maansson, Robert A. Keyzers, Amy C. Sims, Andrew R. Johnson, Ashley M. Sidebottom, Brian E. Sedio, Andreas Klitgaard, Charles B. Larson, Cristopher A.P. Boya, Daniel Torres-Mendoza, David J. Gonzalez, Denise B. Silva, Lucas M. Marques, Daniel P. Demarque, Egle Pociute, Ellis C. O'Neill, Enora Briand, Eric J.N. Helfrich, Eve A. Granatosky, Evgenia Glukhov, Florian Ryffel, Hailey Houson, Hosein Mohimani, Jenan J. Kharbush, Yi Zeng, Julia A. Vorholt, Kenji L. Kurita, Pep Charusanti, Kerry L. McPhail, Kristian Fog Nielsen, Lisa Vuong, Maryam Elfeki, Matthew F. Traxler, Niclas Engene, Nobuhiro Koyama, Oliver B. Vining, Ralph Baric, Ricardo R. Silva, Samantha J. Mascuch, Sophie Tomasi, Stefan Jenkins, Venkat Macherla, Thomas Hoffman, Vinayak Agarwal, Philip G. Williams, Jingqui Dai, Ram Neupane, Joshua Gurr, Andrés M.C. Rodríguez, Anne Lamsa, Chen Zhang, Kathleen Dorrestein, Brendan M. Duggan, Jehad Almaliti, Pierre Marie Allard, Prasad Phapale, Louis Felix Nothias, Theodore Alexandrov, Marc Litaudon, Jean Luc Wolfender, Jennifer E. Kyle, Thomas O. Metz, Tyler Peryea, Dac Trung Nguyen, Danielle VanLeer, Paul Shinn, Ajit Jadhav, Rolf Müller, Katrina M. Waters, Wenyuan Shi, Xueting Liu, Lixin Zhang, Rob Knight, Paul R. Jensen, Bernhard Palsson, Kit Pogliano, Roger G. Linington, Marcelino Gutiérrez, Norberto P. Lopes, William H. Gerwick, Bradley S. Moore, Pieter C. Dorrestein, Nuno Bandeira

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The potential of the diverse chemistries present in natural products (NP) for biotechnology and medicine remains untapped because NP databases are not searchable with raw data and the NP community has no way to share data other than in published papers. Although mass spectrometry (MS) techniques are well-suited to high-throughput characterization of NP, there is a pressing need for an infrastructure to enable sharing and curation of data. We present Global Natural Products Social Molecular Networking (GNPS;, an open-access knowledge base for community-wide organization and sharing of raw, processed or identified tandem mass (MS/MS) spectrometry data. In GNPS, crowdsourced curation of freely available community-wide reference MS libraries will underpin improved annotations. Data-driven social-networking should facilitate identification of spectra and foster collaborations. We also introduce the concept of 'living data' through continuous reanalysis of deposited data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)828-837
Number of pages10
JournalNature biotechnology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Sep 8 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Biotechnology
  • Biomedical Engineering


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