Chemometric approaches to improve PLSDA model outcome for predicting human non-alcoholic fatty liver disease using UPLC-MS as a metabolic profiling tool

Autores UPV
Revista Metabolomics


An MS-based metabolomics strategy including variable selection and PLSDA analysis has been assessed as a tool to discriminate between non-steatotic and steatotic human liver profiles. Different chemometric approaches for uninformative variable elimination were performed by using two of the most common software packages employed in the field of metabolomics (i. e., MATLAB and SIMCA-P). The first considered approach was performed with MATLAB where the PLS regression vector coefficient values were used to classify variables as informative or not. The second approach was run under SIMCA-P, where variable selection was performed according to both the PLS regression vector coefficients and VIP scores. PLSDA models performance features, such as model validation, variable selection criteria, and potential biomarker output, were assessed for comparison purposes. One interesting finding is that variable selection improved the classification predictiveness of all the models by facilitating metabolite identification and providing enhanced insight into the metabolic information acquired by the UPLC-MS method. The results prove that the proposed strategy is a potentially straightforward approach to improve model performance. Among others, GSH, lysophospholipids and bile acids were found to be the most important altered metabolites in the metabolomic profiles studied. However, further research and more in-depth biochemical interpretations are needed to unambiguously propose them as disease biomarkers. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.