Using a new technique, Griffith University and Queensland Health scientists have developed a new way to study metabolism.
They can use specific carbon atoms in amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins, to discover signs of the metabolism of different species.
These fingerprints reveal how different creatures meet the demands of survival, growth and reproduction.
Isotopes are versions of the same chemical element with different masses.
We can measure the ratio of heavy to light isotopes in biological molecules to learn about the organism that produced them.
The four phases of metabolismIn this latest work, the team tests a broader range of animals including oysters, scallops, prawns, squid and fish.
They find that they can distinguish a clear metabolic fingerprint” of each mammal.
In addition, they note that several different types of mammals have different forms of metabolism-creating fats, destroying fats, creating proteins, and destroying proteins.
This information can be used to predict future applications for