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Study Findings from K. Klavins et al Broaden Understanding of Analytical Chemistry (Interlaboratory comparison for quantitative primary metabolite...

July 22, 2014

Study Findings from K. Klavins et al Broaden Understanding of Analytical Chemistry (Interlaboratory comparison for quantitative primary metabolite profiling in Pichia pastoris)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- Researchers detail new data in Analytical Chemistry. According to news reporting originating in Vienna, Austria, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "For the first time, an interlaboratory comparison was performed in the field of quantitative metabolite profiling in Pichia pastoris. The study was designed for the evaluation of different measurement platforms integrating different quantification strategies using internal standardization."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research, "Nineteen primary metabolites including amino acids and organic acids were selected for the study. Homogenous samples were obtained from chemostat fermentations after rapid sampling, quenching and filtration, and hot ethanol extraction. Laboratory 1 (BOKU) employed an in vivo-synthesized fully labeled U(13)C cell extracts of P. pastoris for immediate internal standardization upon cell extraction. Quantification was carried out using orthogonal reversed-phase (RP-LC) and hydrophilic interaction chromatography (HILIC) in combination with tandem mass spectrometry. Laboratory 2 (Biocrates) applied a metabolomics kit allowing fully automated, rapid derivatization, solid phase extraction and internal standardization in 96-well plates with immobilized isotopically enriched internal standards in combination with HILIC-MS-MS and RP-LC-MS-MS for organic acids and derivatized amino acids, respectively. In this study, the obtained intracellular concentrations ranged from 0.2 to 108 ?mol g(-1) cell dry weight. The total combined uncertainty was estimated including uncertainty contributions from the corresponding MS-based measurement and sample preparation for each metabolite. Evidently, the uncertainty contribution of sample preparation was lower for the values obtained by laboratory 1, implementing isotope dilution upon extraction. Total combined uncertainties (K=2) ranging from 21 to 48% and from 30 to 57% were assessed for the quantitative results obtained in laboratories 1 and 2, respectively. The major contribution arose from sample preparation, hence from repeatability precision of the extraction procedure. Finally, the laboratory intercomparison was successful as most of the investigated metabolites showed concentration levels agreeing within their total combined uncertainty, implying that accurate quantification was given."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "The application of isotope dilution upon extraction was an absolute prerequisite for the quantification of the redox-sensitive amino acid methionine, where no agreement between the two laboratories could be achieved."

For more information on this research see: Interlaboratory comparison for quantitative primary metabolite profiling in Pichia pastoris. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 2013;405(15):5159-69. (Springer -; Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry -

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting K. Klavins, Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology, Muthgasse 11, 1190 Vienna, Austria. Additional authors for this research include S. Neubauer, A. Al Chalabi, D. Sonntag, C. Haberhauer-Troyer, H. Russmayer, M. Sauer, D. Mattanovich, S. Hann and G. Koellensperger (see also Analytical Chemistry).

Keywords for this news article include: Vienna, Europe, Austria, Analytical Chemistry.

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