Caister Academic Press

CIMB Abstract

Curr. Issues Mol. Biol. (2001) 3: 7-14.

NMR and Microorganisms

Jean-Philippe Grivet

This article is an introduction to the use of NMR for the investigation of microbial physiology and metabolism. NMR parameters which determine the sensitivity and resolving power of the method are reviewed. A broad survey of current applications follows. Qualitative uses are described first; they include compound identification and localisation. Quantitative aspects, such as pH, concentration and flux measurements are then examined, as well as the corresponding experimental constraints. The review ends with suggestions of possible future developments in instrument capabilities aimed at improving sensitivity: higher fields, spectroscopic and imaging microprobes.

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