Computational estimation of tricarboxylic acid cycle fluxes using noisy NMR data from cardiac biopsies

H. Hettling, D.J. Alders, J. Heringa, T.W. Binsl, A.B.J. Groeneveld, J.H.G.M. van Beek

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Background: The aerobic energy metabolism of cardiac muscle cells is of major importance for the contractile function of the heart. Because energy metabolism is very heterogeneously distributed in heart tissue, especially during coronary disease, a method to quantify metabolic fluxes in small tissue samples is desirable. Taking tissue biopsies after infusion of substrates labeled with stable carbon isotopes makes this possible in animal experiments. However, the appreciable noise level in NMR spectra of extracted tissue samples makes computational estimation of metabolic fluxes challenging and a good method to define confidence regions was not yet available.Results: Here we present a computational analysis method for nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements of tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle metabolites. The method was validated using measurements on extracts of single tissue biopsies taken from porcine heart in vivo. Isotopic enrichment of glutamate was measured by NMR spectroscopy in tissue samples taken at a single time point after the timed infusion of
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82
Number of pages12
JournalBMC Systems Biology
Early online date21 Aug 2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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