Intracellular metabolite profiling and the evaluation of metabolite extraction solvents for Clostridium carboxidivorans fermenting carbon monoxide

Jungyeon Kim, Joongsuk Kim, Youngsoon Um, Kyoung Heon Kim

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Clostridium carboxidivorans ferments CO, CO2, and H2 via the Wood-Ljungdahl pathway. CO, CO2, and H2 are unique substrates, unlike other carbon sources like glucose, so it is necessary to analyze intracellular metabolite profiles for gas fermentation by C. carboxidivorans for metabolic engineering. Moreover, it is necessary to optimize the metabolite extraction solvent specifically for C. carboxidivorans fermenting syngas. In comparison with glucose media, the gas media allowed significant abundance changes of 38 and 34 metabolites in the exponential and stationary phases, respectively. Especially, C. carboxidivorans cultivated in the gas media showed changes of fatty acid metabolism and higher levels of intracellular fatty acid synthesis possibly due to cofactor imbalance and slow metabolism. Meanwhile, the evaluation of extraction solvents revealed the mixture of water-isopropanol-methanol (2:2:5, v/v/v) to be the best extraction solvent, which showed a higher extraction capability and reproducibility than pure methanol, the conventional extraction solvent. This is the first metabolomic study to demonstrate the unique intracellular metabolite profiles of the gas fermentation compared to glucose fermentation, and to evaluate water-isopropanol-methanol as the optimal metabolite extraction solvent for C. carboxidivorans on gas fermentation.

Original languageEnglish
JournalProcess Biochemistry
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2019 Jan 1



  • Carbon monoxide
  • Clostridium carboxidivorans
  • Extraction solvent
  • Metabolomics
  • Optimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Biochemistry
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

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