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Interactions between carbon and nitrogen metabolism in fibrobacter succinogenes S85 : A 1H and 13C nuclear magnetic resonance and enzymatic study

By C. Matheron, A.M. Delort, Gérard Gaudet, T. Liptaj and Evelyne Forano


The effect of the presence of ammonia on [1-C-13]glucose metabolism in the rumen fibrolytic bacterium Fibrobacter succinogenes S85 was studied by C-13 and H-1 nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Ammonia halved the level of glycogen storage and increased the rate of glucose conversion into acetate and succinate 2.2-fold and 1.4-fold, respectively, reducing the succinate-to-acetate ratio. The C-13 enrichment of succinate and acetate was precisely quantified by C-13-filtered spin-echo difference H-1-NMR spectroscopy. The presence of ammonia did not modify the C-13 enrichment of succinate C-2 (without ammonia, 20.8%, and with ammonia, 21.6%), indicating that the isotopic dilution of metabolites due to utilization of endogenous glycogen was not affected. In contrast, the presence of ammonia markedly decreased the C-13 enrichment of acetate C-2 (from 40 to 31%), reflecting enhanced reversal of the succinate synthesis pathway. The reversal of glycolysis was unaffected by the presence of ammonia as shown by C-13-NMR analysis. Study of cell extracts showed that the main pathways of ammonia assimilation in F. succinogenes were glutamate dehydrogenase and alanine dehydrogenase. Glutamine synthetase activity was not detected. Glutamate dehydrogenase was active with both NAD and NADP as cofactors and was not repressed under ammonia limitation in the culture. Glutamate-pyruvate and glutamate-oxaloacetate transaminase activities were evidenced by spectrophotometry and H-1 NMR. When cells were incubated in vivo with [1-C-13]glucose, only C-13-labeled aspartate, glutamate, alanine, and valine were detected. Their labelings were consistent with the proposed amino acid synthesis pathway and with the reversal of the succinate synthesis pathway

Topics: [SDV.BIO]Life Sciences [q-bio]/Biotechnology
Publisher: 'American Society for Microbiology'
Year: 1999
OAI identifier: oai:HAL:hal-02694730v1
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