Isotopically Nonstationary Metabolic Flux Analysis (INST-MFA) of Photosynthesis and Photorespiration in Plants.

Ma F, Jazmin LJ, Young JD, Allen DK
Methods Mol Biol. 2017 1653: 167-194

PMID: 28822133 · DOI:10.1007/978-1-4939-7225-8_12

Photorespiration is a central component of photosynthesis; however to better understand its role it should be viewed in the context of an integrated metabolic network rather than a series of individual reactions that operate independently. Isotopically nonstationary C metabolic flux analysis (INST-MFA), which is based on transient labeling studies at metabolic steady state, offers a comprehensive platform to quantify plant central metabolism. In this chapter, we describe the application of INST-MFA to investigate metabolism in leaves. Leaves are an autotrophic tissue, assimilating CO over a diurnal period implying that the metabolic steady state is limited to less than 12 h and thus requiring an INST-MFA approach. This strategy results in a comprehensive unified description of photorespiration, Calvin cycle, sucrose and starch synthesis, tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle, and amino acid biosynthetic fluxes. We present protocols of the experimental aspects for labeling studies: transient CO labeling of leaf tissue, sample quenching and extraction, mass spectrometry (MS) analysis of isotopic labeling data, measurement of sucrose and amino acids in vascular exudates, and provide details on the computational flux estimation using INST-MFA.

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Amino Acids Arabidopsis Carbon Dioxide Carbon Isotopes Chlorophyll Chloroplasts Isotope Labeling Mass Spectrometry Metabolic Flux Analysis Metabolic Networks and Pathways Oxygen Oxygen Consumption Photosynthesis Plant Leaves Ribulose-Bisphosphate Carboxylase Starch Sucrose

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