Improving quality of analysis by suppression of unwanted signals through band-selective excitation in NMR spectroscopy for metabolomics studies

Upendra Singh, Ruba Al-Nemi, Fatimah Alahmari, Abdul Hamid Emwas*, Mariusz Jaremko*

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Introduction: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy stands as a preeminent analytical tool in the field of metabolomics. Nevertheless, when it comes to identifying metabolites present in scant amounts within various types of complex mixtures such as plants, honey, milk, and biological fluids and tissues, NMR-based metabolomics presents a formidable challenge. This predicament arises primarily from the fact that the signals emanating from metabolites existing in low concentrations tend to be overshadowed by the signals of highly concentrated metabolites within NMR spectra. Objectives: The aim of this study is to tackle the issue of intense sugar signals overshadowing the desired metabolite signals, an optimal pulse sequence with band-selective excitation has been proposed for the suppression of sugar’s moiety signals (SSMS). This sequence serves the crucial purpose of suppressing unwanted signals, with a particular emphasis on mitigating the interference caused by sugar moieties' signals. Methods: We have implemented this comprehensive approach to various NMR techniques, including 1D 1H presaturation (presat), 2D J-resolved (RES), 2D 1H-1H Total Correlation Spectroscopy (TOCSY), and 2D 1H-13C Heteronuclear Single Quantum Coherence (HSQC) for the samples of dates-flesh, honey, a standard stock solution of glucose, and nine amino acids, and commercial fetal bovine serum (FBS). Results: The outcomes of this approach were significant. The suppression of the high-intensity sugar signals has considerably enhanced the visibility and sensitivity of the signals emanating from the desired metabolites. Conclusion: This, in turn, enables the identification of a greater number of metabolites. Additionally, it streamlines the experimental process, reducing the time required for the comparative quantification of metabolites in statistical studies in the field of metabolomics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2024


  • Band-selective excitation
  • Fingerprint
  • Metabolomics
  • NMR
  • Sugars

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Biochemistry
  • Clinical Biochemistry


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