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Heterotrophic

Definition

adjective

Pertaining to the utilization of organic compounds as source of carbon.


Supplement

For instance, a heterotrophic organism is one utilizing organic compound to obtain carbon that is essential for growth and development. Examples of such organisms are animals, which are not capable of manufacturing food by inorganic sources, hence, must consume organic substrates for sustenance.


Word origin: Greek, heterone = (an)other + trophe = nutrition.
Related forms: heterotroph (noun), heterotrophically (adjective), heterotrophy (noun).
Compare: autotrophic, photosynthetic.
See also: photoheterotroph, chemoheterotroph.


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Re: photoautotroph and photoheterotroph difference?

... So photoautotrophs form the basis of the food chain and basically keep the world running. Mixotrophic is when an organism is both autotrophic and heterotrophic.

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by cash
Wed Oct 23, 2013 12:40 am
 
Forum: Ecology
Topic: photoautotroph and photoheterotroph difference?
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Gene deletion

Well, the strain is heterotrophic for some amino acid or vitamine or something. And you use the missing gene instead of antibiotic resistance gene, so that your transformants are autotrophic (i.e. grow on media without the supplement ...

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by JackBean
Thu Sep 05, 2013 3:31 pm
 
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: Gene deletion
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Views: 1445

Re: Gene deletion

... bacterial strain... The drug resistancy is naturally found in both plasmid and chromosome. Anyway, I am curious to know how does it works with the heterotrophic strains?

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by clefg
Thu Sep 05, 2013 2:42 pm
 
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: Gene deletion
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Views: 1445

Overexpression

... you can easily select cells with your plasmid. Or you can use heterotrophy for the selection (and I can imagine that bone marrow macrophages are heterotrophic at least for something).

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by JackBean
Thu Sep 05, 2013 11:41 am
 
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: Overexpression
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Views: 668

Gene deletion

Why they use in Denmark with Aspergillus fungy is to use heterotrophic strains and they never need any antibiotics. Much cleaner way. And they can remove the selection gene after it is not required anymore. Of course creation of such heterotrophic strain ...

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by JackBean
Thu Sep 05, 2013 11:37 am
 
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: Gene deletion
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Views: 1445
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