Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 30276746
Link to DOI – 10.1007/978-1-4939-8814-3_18
Methods Mol Biol 2019 ; 1871(): 279-293
Staphylococcus aureus is a major human pathogen that can readily acquire antibiotic resistance. For instance, methicillin-resistant S. aureus represents a major cause of hospital- and community-acquired bacterial infections. In this chapter, we first provide a detailed protocol for obtaining unbiased and reproducible S. aureus metabolic profiles. The resulting intracellular metabolome is then analyzed in an untargeted manner by using both hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography and pentafluorophenyl-propyl columns coupled to high-resolution mass spectrometry. Such analyses are done in conjunction with our in-house spectral database to identify with high confidence as many meaningful S. aureus metabolites as possible. Under these conditions, we can routinely monitor more than 200 annotated S. aureus metabolites. We also indicate how this protocol can be used to investigate the metabolic differences between methicillin-resistant and susceptible strains.