Kasey E. O'Connor Week 3 Journal

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  1. biomass - Total mass of all living material in a specific area
  2. biosynthesis - The production of a complex chemical compound from simpler precursors in a living organism, usually involving enzymes (to catalyze the reaction) and an energy source
  3. flux - The total amount of a quantity passing through a given surface per unit time
  4. induced - To lead in; to introduce
  5. permase - The general term for a membrane protein that increases the permeability of the plasma membrane to a particular molecule, by a process not requiring metabolic energy
  6. gram-negative bacteria - A bacteria which loses crystal violet stain but are stained pink when treated by Grams method
  7. metabolite - Any substance produced by metabolism or by a metabolic process
  8. glutamine - A crystalline amino acid occurring in proteins; important in protein metabolism.One of the 20 amino acidsthat are commonly found in proteins
  9. glutamate - A major fast excitatory neurotransmitter in the mammalian central nervous system
  10. transferase - A suffix to the name of an enzyme indicating that it transfers a specific grouping from onemolecule to another, for example acyl transferases transfer acyl groups

The definitions for these words were found at [Online]


Introduction and Background Information

  • ammonia is the preferred source of nitrogen for Saccharomyces cerevisiae
  • nitrogen metabolism components are regulated at the level of enzyme activity and the level of gene expression
  • it is thought that the governing parameter of nitrogen metabolism is the ammonia flux, not the ammonia concentration
  • this experiment tested effects of different amounts of ammonia on gene expression and enzyme activities

Physiological Parameters

  • S. cerevisiae SU32 was grown with feeds containing different concentrations of ammonia
    • 29, 44, 61, 66, 78, 90, 96, 114, and 118 mM
  • they were also grown with a fixed glucose concentration of 100 mM at a dilution rate of 0.15 per hour
  • Figure 1A showed an increase of the ammonia concentration from 29 to 61 mM caused an increase of the biomass from 4.9 to 8.2 g/liter
    • with ammonia concentrations (x-axis) higher than 61 mM, the residual concentration of ammonia in the culture medium (y-axis) also increased to 62 mM but the biomass (y-axis) remained constant due to the fact that the glucose was now limiting
  • Figure 1B showed that an ammonia concentration (x-axis) greater than 44 mM resulted in the CO2 production (y-axis) and O2 consumption (y-axis) to remain constant.
    • input concentrations less than or equal to 44 mM, the values for CO2 produced and O2 consumed differed
      • ex: at 29 mM of ammonia, the CO2 production increased to 7.2 mmol/gh while the O2 consumption decreased to 1.5 mmol/gh
    • this figure shows that there is no real change in the carbon metabolism when the ammonia concentration is increased over 44 mM
  • Ammonia within the cell reacts with ketoglutarate to produce glutamate which is then converted to glutamine with another ammonium ion
  • Figure 1C showed the ketoglutarate concentration (y-axis) decreased from 10 to about 5 when the culture ammonia concentrations (x-acis) changed from limitation to excess
    • the intracellular glutamate concentration (y-axis) increased from about 75 to 220 and the glutamine concentration (y-axis) increased from approximately 4 to about 27

Northern Analyses

Enzyme Activities