• metabolomics;
  • metabonomics;
  • FTICR;
  • Orbitrap;
  • Fourier transform mass spectrometry;
  • time-of-flight;
  • high mass accuracy;
  • high resolution mass spectrometry


The metabolome is the set of small molecular mass compounds found in biological media, and metabolomics, which refers to as the analysis of metabolome in a given biological condition, deals with the large scale detection and quantification of metabolites in biological media. It is a data driven and multidisciplinary approach combining analytical chemistry for data acquisition, and biostatistics, informatics and biochemistry for mining and interpretation of these data. Since the middle of the 2000s, high resolution mass spectrometry is widely used in metabolomics, mainly because the detection and identification of metabolites are improved compared to low resolution instruments. As the field of HRMS is quickly and permanently evolving, the aim of this work is to review its use in different aspects of metabolomics, including data acquisition, metabolite annotation, identification and quantification. At last, we would like to show that, thanks to their versatility, HRMS instruments are the most appropriate to achieve optimal metabolome coverage, at the border of other omics fields such as lipidomics and glycomics. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Mass Spec Rev 33: 471–500, 2014.