Metabolic reprogramming is a hallmark of cancer. The changes in metabolism are adaptive to permit proliferation, survival, and eventually metastasis in a harsh environment. Stable isotope-resolved metabolomics (SIRM) is an approach that uses advanced approaches of NMR and mass spectrometry to analyze the fate of individual atoms from stable isotope-enriched precursors to products to deduce metabolic pathways and networks. The approach can be applied to a wide range of biological systems, including human subjects. This review focuses on the applications of SIRM to cancer metabolism and its use in understanding drug actions.
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This work was supported in part by National Institutes of Health Grants T32CA165990 (to R. C. B.), 1R01ES022191-01 (to T. W. M. F. and R. M. H.), and 1P01CA163223-01A1 (to A. N. L. and T. W. M. F.).
Bruntz, Ronald C.; Lane, Andrew N.; Higashi, Richard M.; and Fan, Teresa W. -M., "Exploring Cancer Metabolism Using Stable Isotope-Resolved Metabolomics (SIRM)" (2017). Center for Environmental and Systems Biochemistry Faculty Publications. 3.