Summary of Study ST001258

This data is available at the NIH Common Fund's National Metabolomics Data Repository (NMDR) website, the Metabolomics Workbench,, where it has been assigned Project ID PR000844. The data can be accessed directly via it's Project DOI: 10.21228/M8KQ4X This work is supported by NIH grant, U2C- DK119886.


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Study IDST001258
Study TitleModeling the metabolic interplay between a parasitic worm and its bacterial endosymbiont allows the identification of novel drug targets
Study SummaryThe filarial nematode Brugia malayi represents a leading cause of disability in the developing world, causing lymphatic filariasis in nearly 40 million people. Currently available drugs are not well-suited to mass drug administration efforts, so new treatments are urgently required. One potential vulnerability is the endosymbiotic bacteria Wolbachia—present in many filariae—which is vital to the worm. Genome scale metabolic networks have been used to study prokaryotes and protists and have proven valuable in identifying therapeutic targets, but only recently have been applied to eukaryotic organisms. Here, we present iDC625, the first compartmentalized metabolic model of a parasitic worm. We used this model to show how metabolic pathway usage allows the worm to adapt to different environments, and predict a set of 99 reactions essential to the survival of B. malayi. We validated three of those reactions with drug tests and demonstrated novel antifilarial properties for all three compounds.
The Hospital for Sick Children; NYU Langone Health
Last NameJones
First NameDrew
Address430 E29th Street, WT635A
Submit Date2019-09-23
Raw Data AvailableYes
Raw Data File Type(s)raw(Thermo)
Analysis Type DetailLC-MS
Release Date2019-10-11
Release Version1
Drew Jones Drew Jones application/zip

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Sample Preparation:

Sampleprep ID:SP001334
Sampleprep Summary:Metabolite extraction – The mass of the weighed worm samples was used to scale the metabolite extraction to a ratio of 16.5 mg / 1 mL extraction solvent. Freezing 80% acetonitrile was added directly to each vial containing the samples, along with zirconium disruption beads (0.5 mm, RPI) and homogenized for 3 min at 4°C in a BeadBlasterTM with a 30 sec on, 30 sec off pattern. The resulting lysate was centrifuged at 21,000 x g for 3 min, and 90% of the supernatant volume was transferred to a 1.5 mL microfuge tube for speed vacuum concentration, no heating. The dry extracts were resolublized in a volume of LCMS grade water 1/10th of that used for the homogenization step, sonicated in a water bath for 3 min, and transferred to a glass insert for analysis.