Q.[methyl -13C] Pyruvate was administered to isolated liver cels in the presence of
sufficient malonate to block succinate dehydrogenase completely. After a time isocitrate
was isolated and found to contain label in both the carbon 2 and carbon 5 positions – how
do you explain this result?
A. I have been breaking down, and following the 13C markers from the pyruvate stage and have it traced to the citrate. However, i am stuck at this point because i have no idea how i would make my 13C to be at 2 and 5( instead of their usual 4 and 5). I have a feeling maybe aconitrase has something to do with this, but i am not sure how that would even work. My book is offering me no help, and the internet is not either. Please help thanks!!