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While fluxes are the functional output of metabolism, intracellular metabolite concentrations are its key constituents. In collaboration with the Zamboni lab, we develop metabolomics methods on several high-end mass spectrometers. In collaboration with Agilent Inc. we focus currently on applications of our novel high-throughput metabolomics method that quantifies 500-1000 metabolites in a given sample per minute. Our latest advance is the ability to measure intracellular metabolites automatically in real-time. With the analytical problems of data generation largely solved, the current focus is on computational data analysis and biological hypothesis generation. Several large-scale metabolomics projects, including the entire E. coli gene deletion library, are currently being finalized.

Metabolites identified in mouse liver tissue by our TOF-MS method
Metabolites identified in mouse liver tissue by our TOF-MS method


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  • Sevin DC & Sauer U. Ubiquinone accumulation improves osmotic stress tolerance in E. coli. Nature Chem Biol. 2014 10:266-272 Pubmed
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  • Heux S, Fuchs T, Buhmann J, Zamboni N & Sauer U. A high-throughput metabolomics method to predict high concentration cytotoxicity of drugs from low concentration profiles. Metabolomics 8:433-443.
  • Fendt SM, Büscher JM, Rudroff F, Picotti P, Zamboni N & Sauer U. Tradeoff between enzyme and metabolite efficiency maintains metabolic homeostasis upon perturbations in enzyme capacity. Mol. Sys. Biol. 2010; 13;6:356. Pubmed



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