in vivo 13C-NMR
Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Process Engineering, Biotechnology, Nutrition Technology
The use of in vivo 13C-NMR approach for the monitoring of the synthesis of various polymers within cells of Rhizobium meliloti (M5N1 strain) is reported. Significant differences in polymer biosynthesis have been shown as a function of the metabolic state of the cells and the labeled carbon source used. Consumption of carbon source and produced glycogen was complete with mid-exponential phase harvested cells. This was not the case with stationary phase harvested cells, for which polyhydroxybutyrate synthesis was higher and gluconate synthesis was lower than the former. [1-13C]fructose-grown cells produced more exopolysaccharide and polyhydroxybutyrate, but less β-(1,2) glucan and gluconate than [1-13C]glucose-grown cells. This approach offers a suitable tool to examine the kinetics of polymer biosynthesis by Rhizobia. © 1998 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Biotechnol Bioeng 58:250-253, 1998.
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