Reciprocal C-13-labeling: A method for investigating the catabolism of cosubstrates

B. Christensen, Jette Nielsen

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    The principle of reciprocal labeling is to use a uniformly C-13-labeled substrate as the primary carbon source and a naturally labeled cosubstrate. Metabolites derived from a naturally labeled cosubstrate, in this case amino acids, can then be identified by their relatively lower content of C-13, and information on the degradation pathway can be deduced. The technique is based on GC-MS measurements of amino acid labeling patterns, making the technique well suited for investigating the relative importance of amino acid biosynthesis and amino acid uptake from the medium, as the 13C content of the amino acids incorporated into biomass is a direct measure of the amino acid biosyntheses. The technique is illustrated by the investigation of the degradation of phenoxyacetic acid, a medium component that is essential for production of penicillin V by Penicillium chrysogenum. Glucose was used as the uniformly labeled primary carbon source.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalBiotechnology Progress
    Issue number2
    Pages (from-to)163-166
    Publication statusPublished - 2002

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