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Justin Van der Hooft   Dr.  Post Doctoral Researcher 
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Bioinformatics Group, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands
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Relevant Links: LinkedIn profile: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/justin-van-der-hooft/35/a93/9aa Google Citations: https://scholar.google.nl/citations?user=zv9seLwAAAAJ&hl=en MS2LDA tool: http://www.ms2lda.org MAGMa tool: https://www.emetabolomics.org/ WUR-Bioinformatics: http://www.wur.nl/en/Expertise-Services/Chair-groups/Plant-Sciences/Bioinformatics.htm Pieter Dorrestein group at UCSD: http://dorresteinlab.ucsd.edu/Dorrestein_Lab/Research.html Glasgow Polyomics: http://www.polyomics.gla.ac.uk/

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Justin Van der Hooft published an article in December 2018.
Research Keywords & Expertise
0 Mass Spectrometry
0 Metabolite Identification
0 Metabolomics
0 NMR Spectroscopy
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Pieter C. Dorrestein

81 shared publications

Department of Pharmacology, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, USA

Nina Rønsted

67 shared publications

Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Marnix H Medema

52 shared publications

From the Bioinformatics Group, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands

Simon Rogers

27 shared publications

School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK

O.M. Grace

17 shared publications

Comparative Plant & Fungal Biology, Royal Botanic Gardens

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PREPRINT-CONTENT 0 Reads 0 Citations Deciphering complex metabolite mixtures by unsupervised and supervised substructure discovery and semi-automated annotat... Simon Rogers, Cher Wei Ong, Joe Wandy, Madeleine Ernst, Lars... Published: 09 December 2018
bioRxiv, doi: 10.1101/491506
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Complex metabolite mixtures are challenging to unravel. Mass spectrometry (MS) is a widely used and sensitive technique to obtain structural information on complex mixtures. However, just knowing the molecular masses of the mixture's constituents is almost always insufficient for confident assignment of the associated chemical structures. Structural information can be augmented through MS fragmentation experiments whereby detected metabolites are fragmented giving rise to MS/MS spectra. However, how can we maximize the structural information we gain from fragmentation spectra? We recently proposed a substructure-based strategy to enhance metabolite annotation for complex mixtures by considering metabolites as the sum of (bio)chemically relevant moieties that we can detect through mass spectrometry fragmentation approaches. Our MS2LDA tool allows us to discover - unsupervised - groups of mass fragments and/or neutral losses termed Mass2Motifs that often correspond to substructures. After manual annotation, these Mass2Motifs can be used in subsequent MS2LDA analyses of new datasets, thereby providing structural annotations for many molecules that are not present in spectral databases. Here, we describe how additional strategies, taking advantage of i) combinatorial in-silico matching of experimental mass features to substructures of candidate molecules, and ii) automated machine learning classification of molecules, can facilitate semi-automated annotation of substructures. We show how our approach accelerates the Mass2Motif annotation process and therefore broadens the chemical space spanned by characterized motifs. Our machine learning model used to classify fragmentation spectra learns the relationships between fragment spectra and chemical features. Classification prediction on these features can be aggregated for all molecules that contribute to a particular Mass2Motif and guide Mass2Motif annotations. To make annotated Mass2Motifs available to the community, we also present motifDB: an open database of Mass2Motifs that can be browsed and accessed programmatically through an API. MotifDB is integrated within ms2lda.org, allowing users to efficiently search for characterized motifs in their own experiments. We expect that with an increasing number of Mass2Motif annotations available through a growing database we can more quickly gain insight in the constituents of complex mixtures. That will allow prioritization towards novel or unexpected chemistries and faster recognition of known biochemical building blocks.
PREPRINT-CONTENT 0 Reads 0 Citations QIIME 2: Reproducible, interactive, scalable, and extensible microbiome data science Evan Bolyen, Jai Ram Rideout, Matthew R Dillon, Nicholas A B... Published: 03 December 2018
doi: 10.7287/peerj.preprints.27295
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We present QIIME 2, an open-source microbiome data science platform accessible to users spanning the microbiome research ecosystem, from scientists and engineers to clinicians and policy makers. QIIME 2 provides new features that will drive the next generation of microbiome research. These include interactive spatial and temporal analysis and visualization tools, support for metabolomics and shotgun metagenomics analysis, and automated data provenance tracking to ensure reproducible, transparent microbiome data science.
PREPRINT-CONTENT 0 Reads 0 Citations QIIME 2: Reproducible, interactive, scalable, and extensible microbiome data science Evan Bolyen, Jai Ram Rideout, Matthew R Dillon, Nicholas A B... Published: 03 December 2018
doi: 10.7287/peerj.preprints.27295v2
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We present QIIME 2, an open-source microbiome data science platform accessible to users spanning the microbiome research ecosystem, from scientists and engineers to clinicians and policy makers. QIIME 2 provides new features that will drive the next generation of microbiome research. These include interactive spatial and temporal analysis and visualization tools, support for metabolomics and shotgun metagenomics analysis, and automated data provenance tracking to ensure reproducible, transparent microbiome data science.
Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Accelerating Metabolite Identification in Natural Product Research: Toward an Ideal Combination of Liquid Chromatography... Jean-Luc Wolfender, Jean-Marc Nuzillard, Justin J. J. Van De... Published: 19 November 2018
Analytical Chemistry, doi: 10.1021/acs.analchem.8b05112
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PREPRINT-CONTENT 0 Reads 0 Citations Comprehensive mass spectrometry-guided plant specialized metabolite phenotyping reveals metabolic diversity in the cosmo... Kyo Bin Kang, Madeleine Ernst, Justin J. J. Van Der Hooft, R... Published: 07 November 2018
bioRxiv, doi: 10.1101/463620
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Plants produce a myriad of specialized metabolites to overcome their sessile habit and combat biotic as well as abiotic stresses. Evolution has shaped specialized metabolite diversity, which drives many other aspects of plant biodiversity. However, until recently, large-scale studies investigating specialized metabolite diversity in an evolutionary context have been limited by the impossibility to identify chemical structures of hundreds to thousands of compounds in a time-feasible manner. Here, we introduce a workflow for large-scale, semi-automated annotation of specialized metabolites, and apply it for over 1000 metabolites of the cosmopolitan plant family Rhamnaceae. We enhance the putative annotation coverage dramatically, from 2.5 % based on spectral library matches alone to 42.6 % of total MS/MS molecular features extending annotations from well-known plant compound classes into the dark plant metabolomics matter. To gain insights in substructural diversity within the plant family, we also extract patterns of co-occurring fragments and neutral losses, so-called Mass2Motifs, from the dataset; for example, only the Ziziphoid clade developed the triterpenoid biosynthetic pathway, whereas the Rhamnoid clade predominantly developed diversity in flavonoid glycosides, including 7-O-methyltransferase activity. Our workflow provides the foundations towards the automated, high-throughput chemical identification of massive metabolite spaces, and we expect it to revolutionize our understanding of plant chemoevolutionary mechanisms.
PREPRINT-CONTENT 8 Reads 0 Citations Did a plant-herbivore arms race drive chemical diversity in Euphorbia? Madeleine Ernst, Louis-Felix Nothias-Scaglia, Justin Van Der... Published: 15 May 2018
Evolutionary Biology, doi: 10.1101/323014
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The genus Euphorbia is among the most diverse and species-rich plant genera on Earth, exhibiting a near-cosmopolitan distribution and extraordinary chemical diversity, especially across highly toxic macro- and polycyclic diterpenoids. However, very little is known about drivers and evolutionary origins of chemical diversity within Euphorbia. Here, we investigate 43 Euphorbia species to understand how geographic separation over evolutionary time has impacted chemical differentiation. We show that the structurally highly diverse Euphorbia diterpenoids are significantly reduced in species native to the Americas, compared to the Eurasian and African continents, where the genus originated. The localization of these compounds to young stems and roots suggest ecological relevance in herbivory defense and immunomodulatory defense mechanisms match diterpenoid levels, indicating chemoevolutionary adaptation to reduced herbivory pressure.
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