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Bile Acids Targeted Panel

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Bile Acids Targeted Panel

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About Bile Acids

Bile acids are derived from cholesterol and serve an important role in emulsifying and digesting lipids. In addition, bile acid metabolism is intimately involved with the microbiota, and bile acids have been shown to exhibit endocrine and metabolic activity via receptors like FXR and TGR5. Metabolon’s Bile Acids Targeted Panel measures all the major human and rodent primary and secondary bile acids as well as their glycine and taurine conjugates.

Metabolomics reveals biological insights otherwise unseen. For a successful metabolomics study, both small molecule discovery and the ability to dig deeper into specific biomarkers of interest are needed to uncover actionable insights that propel new therapeutic developments. A specific combination of liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) technology and expertise is required to identify these biomarkers of interest and develop assays that are sensitive enough to explore them fully.

At Metabolon, we understand the crucial role targeted small molecule assays play in drug development, and we’ve established best-in-class expertise. Metabolon has developed quantitative assays for more than 900 biochemicals in over 20 different matrices, including more than 150 qualified and/or validated targeted biochemical assays for pharmaceutical and biotechnology research and development. These assays focus on specific metabolites or metabolic pathways and can be used to track biomarkers and enhance biological understanding across preclinical and clinical research.

Bile Acids Targeted Panel Details

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Metabolite Serum/Plasma (ng/mL)b Feces (ng/mg)b Feces in OMNImet™·GUT tube (µg/g dry feces)c
Cholic Acid 2.5 0.25 0.63
Chenodeoxycholic Acid 5.0 0.50 0.63
Deoxycholic Acid 5.0 0.50 0.63
Lithocholic Acid 2.5 0.25 0.63
Ursodeoxycholic Acid 5.0 0.50 0.63
Glycocholic Acid 2.5 0.25 0.13
Glycochenodeoxycholic Acid 5.0 0.50 0.13
Glycodeoxycholic Acid 2.5 0.25 0.13
Glycoursodeoxycholic Acid 5.0 0.50 0.63
Taurocholic Acid 2.5 0.25 0.63
Taurochenodeoxycholic Acid 5.0 0.50 0.130
Taurodeoxycholic Acid 5.0 0.50 0.63
Taurolithocholic Acid 2.5 0.25 0.63
Tauroursodeoxycholic Acid 2.5 0.25 0.130
Glycolithocholic Acid 2.5 0.25 0.63
Additional Bile Acids in Rodent Samples
Alpha-Muricholic Acid 2.5 0.25
Beta-Muricholic Acid 2.5 0.25
Omega-Muricholic Acid 2.5 0.25
Gamma-Muricholic Acid 2.5 0.25
Tauro Alpha-Muricholic Acid 10 1.0
Tauro Beta-Muricholic Acid 10 1.0
aLower Limit of Quantitation (LLOQ) varies for each sample type.

bAssays with this sample type are for non-GxP testing and are not for diagnostic use.

cGood Clinical Practice (GCP) Assays. Lower Limit of Quantitation (LLOQ) stated is based on normalization using an average dry weight of feces. The actual measurement of the assay is the concentration of analyte in the OMNImet™·GUT tube containing human feces. Analyte concentrations in the OMNImet™·GUT tubes will be normalized by measured dry weight of feces unless otherwise requested.

Analysis Method and Instrumentation

LC-MS/MS (Agilent 1290 UHPLC/Sciex QTrap 5500 (GCP) or 6500 or 6500+ (non-GxP testing)

Sample Type and Required Amounts
Sample Type Sample Requirement
Feces (wet/frozen) human 300 to 400 mg
Feces (wet/frozen) mouse 3-5 pellets
Plasma/Serum (human) ≥ 150 µl
Plasma/Serum (mouse) ≥ 100 µl
Tissue (liver) 50 to 100 mg
Feces in OMNImet™·GUT tube 1 OMNImet™ tube

Disclaimer: Non-GxP assays are for Research Use Only and are not to be used for diagnostic purposes. The sample requirements listed are for this specific panel. Additional samples will be required if running multiple panels.

Delivering Absolute Quantification for Research and Biomarker Analysis

Our readily available or custom developed quantitative assays help you achieve your research and biomarker validation objectives with precise and fully validated methods. Our targeted assays and panels cover >1,000 metabolites and lipids across a wide range of biochemical classes, metabolic pathways, and physiological processes, and they can be customized to best fit any application.

Bile Acids Targeted Panel Applications


Dysregulated metabolism is essential for the growth and proliferation of individual cancer cells, but the physiology of the patient is as much a part of the equation as the tumor. Metabolomics can both identify cancer-specific drug targets and assess the patient’s phenotype more broadly, addressing key questions such as: Who will respond to the therapy? How can we expand the pool of responders? How can we predict adverse events? Overall, metabolomics informs decision-making and positions development programs for success by providing a functional readout of the molecular phenotype.


Recognized for our cutting-edge approach to metabolomics, Metabolon has been a valued resource for COVID-19 researchers worldwide. Our actionable metabolomic insights have fueled pivotal and high-profile studies like the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) IMPACC study research to improve understanding of high-risk patients and the Institute for Systems Biology research to improve understanding of high-risk patients. These and other metabolomics projects with actionable insights at Metabolon are helping get closer to the phenotype and pressing forward on COVID-19 answers.


Diabetes is a serious metabolic condition affecting more than 37 million Americans and 460 million people worldwide according to the most recent report from the Centers for Disease Control. Despite being a worldwide epidemic, much remains unknown about individual risk factors for diabetes development, and research is currently being done to identify new and effective treatment for diabetes at all stages. By facilitating assessment of specific metabolic pathways impacted by diabetes, targeted metabolomics can be a critical tool used to identify biomarkers of disease development for early intervention and novel targets to control disease progression, as well for the development of new pharmaceuticals with specific mechanisms of action.
Gut Health

Gut Health

Much about digestive diseases remains a mystery. Digestive disease includes a broad range of gastrointestinal-related health issues, ranging from chronic constipation to gastrointestinal infections to viral hepatitis. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is estimated to impact between 25 and 45 million Americans and about 10 to 15 percent of the population worldwide. Although the exact cause of IBS is unknown, diet and microbiome are recurring influences. The unique ability for metabolomics to illuminate function, including those of microorganisms inhabiting the digestive tract, makes the technology a valuable tool for understanding IBS and other digestive conditions.


The liver is the single most important regulator of metabolic homeostasis at the organismal level. That makes metabolomics an indispensable tool for capturing an integrative profile of an individual’s liver function. As the incidence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) continues to rise, researchers and health-care providers can look to Metabolon to provide much-needed non-invasive diagnostic and prognostic indicators as well as a fundamental understanding of pathological processes. The metabolome integrates an individual’s genetic makeup and gene expression profile with nongenetic factors such as diet, environmental exposures, and the microbiome. Therefore layering metabolomic analysis onto genomic and transcriptomic data provides the best opportunity to understand disease.


It is well-established that a low-carbohydrate, high-fat ketogenic diet (KD) can help treat refractory epilepsy, which affects more than a third of epileptic patients who don’t respond to existing anticonvulsive drugs. What scientists haven’t understood until recently is how this kind of diet translates to brain activity. The answer for this aspect of epilepsy lies in the gut microbiome. There are many other neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, and more. While so much remains to be understood about brain science, we do know that metabolomics is uniquely poised to understand the brain because of the ability of metabolites, small molecules, to cross the blood-brain barrier providing unique insights.


Metabolomics can be essential for investigating the association between nutrition and health status, as metabolites represent a functional readout at the interface between diet and the complex metabolic systems that influence both health and disease. By illuminating the interactions of metabolites throughout the body within defined pathways, targeted metabolomics can help investigators gain new insights into the absorption and digestion of diet-derived macronutrients, monitor metabolism by various organ systems, and subsequently assess the underlying biology of various health and disease states.


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