In the present study, a high-throughput analytical method for intracellular metabolites using MALDI-MS has been developed. As an analytical tool, the quantitative performance and dynamic range of MALDI-TOF-MS was confirmed to be suitable for characterizing the trends of intracellular metabolism. The technique was tested by investigating the intracellular metabolism of Escherichia coli by analyzing whole cell samples taken consecutively before and after a perturbation of the environmental carbon source. As the result, dramatic changes of metabolite concentrations responding to the perturbation were observed. The whole analysis process (i.e., sample preparation and MALDI-MS analysis for 24 time points in triplicate) was completed within 4 hours. MALDI-FTICR-MS was used to identify the elemental compositions of detected metabolites to support the reliability of the MALDI-MS-based analysis. The MALDI-MS-based analytical method developed herein should be suitable for high-throughput analysis of dynamic intracellular metabolism events.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Analytical Chemistry