Lipid Structures Viewer

About the Lipid Structures Viewer

The Lipid Structures Viewer automatically identifies lipid names or synonyms in an article and displays their structure and other relevant information from the LIPID MAPS Structure Database (LMSD) in the article.

Benefits for authors and readers:

  • It provides the reader with extra information about the lipids mentioned in the article in a quick and contextualized way, improving their reading experience.
  • As the Lipid Structures Viewer automatically identifies the lipids mentioned in the text, the author does not need to do any extra work to enrich the article with that information.

The LIPID MAPS Structure Database (LMSD) contains structures and annotations of over 30,000 biologically relevant lipids, making it the largest public lipid-only database in the world. The lipid structures in LMSD adhere to the structure drawing rules proposed by the LIPID MAPS consortium. All lipids in the LMSD have been classified using the LIPID MAPS Lipid Classification System and each lipid structure has been assigned a LIPID MAPS ID (LM_ID), which reflects its position in the classification hierarchy.

Structures of lipids in the database come from several sources:

  1. LIPID MAPS Consortium’s core laboratories and partners
  2. Lipids identified by LIPID MAPS experiments
  3. Biologically relevant lipids manually curated from LIPID BANK, LIPIDAT, Lipid Library, Cyberlipids, ChEBI and other public sources
  4. Novel lipids submitted to peer-reviewed journals
  5. Computationally generated structures for appropriate classes

The LIPID MAPS (Lipid Metabolites and Pathways Strategy) consortium is a multi-institutional effort to further our understanding of lipid metabolism and the role lipids play in diseases such as diabetes, stroke and cancer. The consortium takes a systems biology approach using the mouse macrophage as a model system, and provides tools and resources for the wider community. The ultimate goal of the LIPID MAPS effort is to better understand lipid metabolism and the active role lipids play in diabetes, stroke, cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer's and other lipid-based diseases in order to facilitate development of more effective treatments.

Example articles