Untargeted Metabolomics

Service Description

BGI has extensive experience in the field of untargeted metabolomics with developed reliable workflows using market leading technologies and a bioinformatics infrastructure that is second to none.

Untargeted Metabolomics

By applying state-of-the-art LC-MS/MS systems and techniques, BGI offers validated workflows of untargeted metabolomics to support biomedical and biotechnology applications1. Our Untargeted Metabolomics services are designed to obtain a metabolite profile and screen for differentially-expressed molecules in the sample.


Project Workflow


[1] Liu R., et al., Gut microbiome and serum metabolome alterations in obesity and after weight-loss intervention. Nat Med, 2017. 23(7): p. 859-868.

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Mass Spectrometry Service Specification

Untargeted Metabolomics services are performed using Waters ACQUITY UPLC and cutting-edge mass spectrometer (Q Exactive HF/HF-X and Q-TOF 5600).

  • Sample Preparation and Services

    Sample Preparation and Services

    • Increase metabolome depth of coverage using both ACQUITY UPLC BEH C18 and Amide column
    • (+) and (-) ESI detection by a Q Exactive HF/HF-X mass spectrometer
  • Quality Standard

    Quality Standard

    • Summary includes all methods and data analysis
    • Reports provided in Excel or PDF format, RAW files available upon request
  • Turn Around Time

    Turn Around Time

    • Typical 3-5 weeks after sample receipt for raw data delivery

Sample Requirements

We accept metabolite samples in a variety of formats. Contact your BGI account representative for details for your samples.

Sample type

Recommended Sample Amount

Minimum Amount

Serum, plasma

≥ 250 µL

≥ 50 µL


≥ 500 µL

≥ 50 µL

Animal and clinical tissues

≥ 200 mg

≥ 25 mg

Feces and intestinal contents

≥ 200 mg

≥ 50 mg


≥ 1×10^7

≥ 5×10^6


≥ 1×10^7 or ≥ 100 mg

≥ 5×10^6 or ≥25 mg

Culture medium,
fermentation medium

≥ 1 mL

≥ 100 µL

Plant tissue

≥ 1 g

≥ 100 mg


≥ 1 mL

≥ 1 mL

Other body fluids (amniotic fluid, saliva, hemolymph, cerebrospinal fluid, etc.)

≥ 250 µL

≥ 50 µL

Data Analysis

  • Data analysis performed with metaX1 and BGI library

  • T-test, PCA, PLS-DA for differential metabolite identification

  • Cluster analysis

  • Metabolite pathway annotation

  • ROC analysis

  • Metabolite correlation analysis

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