Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are small molecules that exhibit high vapour pressure under ambient conditions and have low boiling points. Although VOCs contribute only a small proportion of the total metabolites produced by living organisms, they play an important role in chemical ecology specifically in the biological interactions between organisms and ecosystems. VOCs are also important in the health care field as they are presently used as a biomarker to detect various human diseases. Information on VOCs is scattered in the literature until now; however, there is still no available database describing VOCs and their biological activities. To attain this purpose, the authors have developed KNApSAcK Metabolite Ecology Database, which contains the information on the relationships between VOCs and their emitting organisms. The KNApSAcK Metabolite Ecology is also linked with the KNApSAcK Core and KNApSAcK Metabolite Activity Database to provide further information on the metabolites and their biological activities. The VOC database can be accessed online.
Authors: Abdullah AA, Altaf-Ul-Amin M, Ono N, Sato T, Sugiura T, Morita AH, Katsuragi T, Muto A, Nishioka T, Kanaya S. ;Full Source: Biomedical Research International. 2015;2015:139254. doi: 10.1155/2015/139254. Epub 2015 Sep 30. ;