1H HR-MAS NMR spectroscopy to study the metabolome of the protozoan parasite Giardia lamblia

Vermathen, Martina; Müller, Joachim; Furrer, Julien; Müller, Norbert; Vermathen, Peter (2018). 1H HR-MAS NMR spectroscopy to study the metabolome of the protozoan parasite Giardia lamblia. Talanta, 188, pp. 429-441. Elsevier 10.1016/j.talanta.2018.06.006

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Knowledge of the metabolic profile and exchange processes in the protozoan parasite Giardia lamblia is of importance for a better understanding of the biochemical processes and for the development of drugs to control diseases caused by G. lamblia. In the current paper, 1H High Resolution Magic Angle Spinning (HR-MAS) NMR spectroscopy was directly applied to G. lamblia trophozoite suspensions to analyze the detectable small metabolites with a minimum of intervention. Thirty-one components were identified with main contributions from amino acids such as alanine and ornithine. The reproducibility, variability, and stability of the metabolites were investigated. Citrulline was found to be formed as an intermediate and citrulline levels depended on the stage of cell growth. Glucose-1-phosphate was found to be formed in relatively high amounts after cell harvesting if enzymes were not inactivated. In addition, the metabolic footprint of Giardia trophozoites, i.e. changes in the culture medium induced by G. lamblia, was investigated by liquid state NMR spectroscopy of culture media before and after inoculation. A quantitative comparison of the NMR spectra revealed component changes in the culture media during growth. The results suggested that not glucose but rather arginine serves as main energy supply. Biochemical functions of intracellular components and their metabolic exchange with the culture medium are discussed. The results provide an important basis for the design of HR-MAS NMR based metabolomic studies of G. lamblia in particular and any protozoan parasite samples in general.

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08 Faculty of Science > Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences (DCBP)
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Radiology, Neuroradiology and Nuclear Medicine (DRNN) > Institute of Diagnostic, Interventional and Paediatric Radiology > DCR Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and Methodology (AMSM)
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology (DIP) > Institute of Parasitology

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Vermathen, Martina, Müller, Heinz Joachim, Furrer, Julien, Müller, Norbert, Vermathen, Peter


500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
500 Science > 540 Chemistry
600 Technology > 630 Agriculture








Peter Vermathen

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23 Jul 2019 13:00

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