We present a new method for probing cellular metabolic fluxes that is based on the kinetics of assimilation of isotope-labeled nutrient into a diversity of downstream metabolites. In the case of nitrogen assimilation, half-maximal labeling of most metabolites occurs in 10-300 s. Fluxes measured on the basis of the kinetics of nitrogen assimilation in exponentially growing E. coli agree well with those fluxes predicted to allow optimal biomass production.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology