Articles by Audrey Bloem in JoVE
Workflow Based on the Combination of Isotopic Tracer Experiments to Investigate Microbial Metabolism of Multiple Nutrient Sources Audrey Bloem1, Stephanie Rollero2, Pauline Seguinot1, Lucie Crépin3, Marc Perez1, Christian Picou1, Carole Camarasa1 1UMR SPO, INRA, SupAgroM, Université de Montpellier, 2IWBT Stellenbosch University, 3PILI, Toulouse White Biotechnology This protocol describes an experimental procedure to quantitatively and comprehensively investigate the metabolism of multiple nutrient sources. This workflow, based on a combination of isotopic tracer experiments and an analytical procedure, allows the fate of consumed nutrients and the metabolic origin of molecules synthetized by microorganisms to be determined.
Other articles by Audrey Bloem on PubMed
Management of Multiple Nitrogen Sources During Wine Fermentation by Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Mar, 2017 | Pubmed ID: 28115380 During fermentative growth in natural and industrial environments, Saccharomyces cerevisiae must redistribute the available nitrogen from multiple exogenous sources to amino acids in order to suitably fulfill anabolic requirements. To exhaustively explore the management of this complex resource, we developed an advanced strategy based on the reconciliation of data from a set of stable isotope tracer experiments with labeled nitrogen sources. Thus, quantifying the partitioning of the N compounds through the metabolism network during fermentation, we demonstrated that, contrary to the generally accepted view, only a limited fraction of most of the consumed amino acids is directly incorporated into proteins. Moreover, substantial catabolism of these molecules allows for efficient redistribution of nitrogen, supporting the operative de novo synthesis of proteinogenic amino acids. In contrast, catabolism of consumed amino acids plays a minor role in the formation of volatile compounds. Another important feature is that the α-keto acid precursors required for the de novo syntheses originate mainly from the catabolism of sugars, with a limited contribution from the anabolism of consumed amino acids. This work provides a comprehensive view of the intracellular fate of consumed nitrogen sources and the metabolic origin of proteinogenic amino acids, highlighting a strategy of distribution of metabolic fluxes implemented by yeast as a means of adapting to environments with changing and scarce nitrogen resources.IMPORTANCE A current challenge for the wine industry, in view of the extensive competition in the worldwide market, is to meet consumer expectations regarding the sensory profile of the product while ensuring an efficient fermentation process. Understanding the intracellular fate of the nitrogen sources available in grape juice is essential to the achievement of these objectives, since nitrogen utilization affects both the fermentative activity of yeasts and the formation of flavor compounds. However, little is known about how the metabolism operates when nitrogen is provided as a composite mixture, as in grape must. Here we quantitatively describe the distribution through the yeast metabolic network of the N moieties and C backbones of these nitrogen sources. Knowledge about the management of a complex resource, which is devoted to improvement of the use of the scarce N nutrient for growth, will be useful for better control of the fermentation process and the sensory quality of wines.