7th Annual MMPC Course: Isotope Tracers in Metabolic Research
Sponsored by NIDDK and organized on behalf of the NIH-sponsored Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Centers (MMPC)
This is the seventh annual offering of a course that provides basic introductory and comprehensive information on performing metabolic studies using tracers labeled with radioactive or stable isotopes, in man and in animals. The course is designed for beginners as well as those with experience who wish to expand their capabilities to more sophisticated problems. The faculty is well-versed in a variety of applications and methodologies.
Techniques will be presented for investigating whole body metabolism, for metabolite balance across organs, intracellular flux rates and pathway regulation. The basic aspects of modeling will be considered, as well as specific applications in the study of carbohydrate, fat, protein metabolism and energy balance. Theoretical and practical matters related to sample analysis by mass spectrometry and NMR will be discussed, including detailed numerical examples of calculations involved in determining isotopic enrichment and basic kinetic parameters. Advanced lectures will discuss in more detail the use of positional and mass isotopomer analysis for intracellular flux rates and various aspects of protein and amino acid metabolism. Applications in humans and animal models (particularly mouse) will be considered.
Course material will be available for download from http://www.mmpc.org/shared/tracers.aspx
Problems and discussion questions will highlight key concepts. In addition to organized sessions, individual attendees will have ample opportunities for personal interaction with faculty members in the form of one-on-one mentoring sessions to discuss their research projects in more depth.