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BACKGROUND Many Caenorhabditis elegans mutations increase longevity and much evidence suggests that they do so at least partly via changes in metabolism. However, up until now there has been no systematic investigation of how the metabolic networks of long-lived mutants differ from those of normal worms. Metabolomic technologies, that permit the analysis of(More)
BACKGROUND New methods are needed for research into non-model organisms, to monitor the effects of toxic disruption at both the molecular and functional organism level. We exposed earthworms (Lumbricus rubellus Hoffmeister) to sub-lethal levels of copper (10-480 mg/kg soil) for 70 days as a real-world situation, and monitored both molecular (cDNA transcript(More)
Metabolic profiling is increasingly being used to investigate a diverse range of biological questions. Due to the rapid turnover of intracellular metabolites it is important to have reliable, reproducible techniques for sampling and sample treatment. Through the use of non-targeted analytical techniques such as NMR and GC-MS we have performed a(More)
UNLABELLED Nitrogen regulation in Escherichia coli is a model system for gene regulation in bacteria. Growth on glutamine as a sole nitrogen source is assumed to be nitrogen limiting, inferred from slow growth and strong NtrB/NtrC-dependent gene activation. However, we show that under these conditions, the intracellular glutamine concentration is not(More)
Metabolic profiling of tissues needs special attention, because the compartmentalization of cellular constituents will be abolished by sample homogenization. This loss of partitioning leads to protein and metabolite instability in extracts, and therefore metabolite extraction protocols need to ensure very rapid inactivation of macromolecules as well as(More)
Studies of evolutionary responses to novel environments typically consider single species or perhaps pairs of interacting species. However, all organisms co-occur with many other species, resulting in evolutionary dynamics that might not match those predicted using single species approaches. Recent theories predict that species interactions in diverse(More)
BACKGROUND The 'exposome' represents the accumulation of all environmental exposures across a lifetime. Top-down strategies are required to assess something this comprehensive, and could transform our understanding of how environmental factors affect human health. Metabolic profiling (metabonomics/metabolomics) defines an individual's metabolic phenotype,(More)
Fluorodeoxyuridine (FUdR) is often used to help maintain synchronous populations of Caenorhabditis elegans adults, for instance as would typically be the case in studying age-related effects. However, given that FUdR inhibits DNA synthesis and therefore reproduction, it will clearly have significant wide-ranging biological effects. It is often assumed that(More)
The blood meal of the female malaria mosquito is a pre-requisite to egg production and also represents the transmission route for the malaria parasite. The proper and rapid assimilation of proteins and nutrients in the blood meal creates a significant metabolic challenge for the mosquito. To better understand this process we generated a global profile of(More)