Metabolic characterisation of Magnetospirillum gryphiswaldense MSR-1 using LC-MS-based metabolite profiling


Magnetosomes are nano-sized magnetic nanoparticles with exquisite properties that can be used in a wide range of healthcare and biotechnological applications. They are biosynthesised by magnetotactic bacteria (MTB), such as Magnetospirillum gryphiswaldense MSR-1 (Mgryph). However, magnetosome bioprocessing yields low quantities compared to chemical synthesis of magnetic nanoparticles. Therefore, an understanding of the intracellular metabolites and metabolic networks related to Mgryph growth and magnetosome formation are vital to unlock the potential of this organism to develop improved bioprocesses. In this work, we investigated the metabolism of Mgryph using untargeted metabolomics. Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) was performed to profile spent medium samples of Mgryph cells grown under O2-limited (n ¼ 6) and O2-rich conditions (n = 6) corresponding to magnetosome- and non-magnetosome producing cells, respectively. Multivariate, univariate and pathway enrichment analyses were conducted to identify significantly altered metabolites and pathways. Rigorous metabolite identification was carried out using authentic standards, the Mgryph-specific metabolite database and MS/MS mzCloud database. PCA and OPLS-DA showed clear separation and clustering of sample groups with cross-validation values of R2X ¼ 0.76, R2Y ¼ 0.99 and Q2 ¼ 0.98 in OPLS-DA. As a result, 50 metabolites linked to 45 metabolic pathways were found to be significantly altered in the tested conditions, including: glycine, serine and threonine; butanoate; alanine, aspartate and glutamate metabolism; aminoacyl-tRNA biosynthesis and; pyruvate and citric acid cycle (TCA) metabolisms. Our findings demonstrate the potential of LC-MS to characterise key metabolites in Mgryph and will contribute to further understanding the metabolic mechanisms that affect Mgryph growth and magnetosome formation.

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Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering > Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Aston Institute of Materials Research (AIMR)
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Aston Polymer Research Group
Additional Information: This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported Licence. Funding: This work was supported by the NanoPrime EPSRC grant EP/ R025282/1; Royal Society Research grant RGS\R1\191377; the Aston Institute of Materials Research (AIMR) Seed-corn grant; the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) grant from Innovate UK and the Green Chemicals Beacon of Excellence, University of Nottingham.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chemistry(all),Chemical Engineering(all)
Publication ISSN: 2046-2069
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2024 07:15
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2020 14:19
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Published Date: 2020-09-02
Accepted Date: 2020-08-23
Authors: Abdelrazig, Salah
Safo, Laudina
Rance, Graham A.
Fay, Michael W.
Theodosiou, Eirini (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-7068-4434)
Topham, Paul D. (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-4152-6976)
Kim, Dong-hyun
Fernández-castané, Alfred (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-2572-7797)


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