13C-flux spectral analysis of host-pathogen metabolism reveals a mixed diet for intracellular Mycobacterium tuberculosis

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Beste, D. J. V., Noh, K., Niedenfuhr, S., Mendum, T. A., Hawkins, N. D., Ward, J. L., Beale, M. H., Wiechert, W. and Mcfadden, J. 2013. 13C-flux spectral analysis of host-pathogen metabolism reveals a mixed diet for intracellular Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Chemistry and Biology. 20 (8), pp. 1012-1021.

AuthorsBeste, D. J. V., Noh, K., Niedenfuhr, S., Mendum, T. A., Hawkins, N. D., Ward, J. L., Beale, M. H., Wiechert, W. and Mcfadden, J.
Abstract

Whereas intracellular carbon metabolism has emerged as an attractive drug target, the carbon sources of intracellularly replicating pathogens, such as the tuberculosis bacillus Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which causes long-term infections in one-third of the world’s population, remain mostly unknown. We used a systems-based approach—13C-flux spectral analysis (FSA) complemented with manual analysis—to measure the metabolic interaction between M. tuberculosis and its macrophage host cell. 13C-FSA analysis of experimental data showed that M. tuberculosis obtains a mixture of amino acids, C1 and C2 substrates from its host cell. We experimentally confirmed that the C1 substrate was derived from CO2. 13C labeling experiments performed on a phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase mutant revealed that intracellular M. tuberculosis has access to glycolytic C3 substrates. These findings provide constraints for developing novel chemotherapeutics. 

Year of Publication2013
JournalChemistry and Biology
Journal citation20 (8), pp. 1012-1021
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1016/j.chembiol.2013.06.012
Open accessPublished as ‘gold’ (paid) open access
Funder project or codeCropping Carbon (CC) [ISPG]
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online01 Aug 2013
Publication process dates
Accepted26 Jun 2013
ISSN10745521
PublisherElsevier
Copyright licenseCC BY

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