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Toby Wise, Matthew J Taylor, Andres Herane-Vives, Antonella Marino Gammazza, Francesco Cappello, David J Lythgoe, Steve Cr Williams, Allan H Young, Anthony J Cleare, Danilo Arnone
BACKGROUND: There is uncertainty as to whether alterations in glutamatergic function in affective disorders differ between unipolar and bipolar disorders and between depressive and euthymic states. Additionally, there are currently no available blood-based markers of central glutamatergic function to support clinical diagnosis and aid brain based investigations. METHODS: In this study, we measured levels of glutamate in the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex in-vivo using 1H-Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy in medication free unipolar and bipolar patients (n = 29, 20 unipolar and 9 bipolar) experiencing a major depressive episode, in comparison with a group of matched healthy controls (n = 20)...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Affective Disorders
Antonio Gil-Gomez, Ana Isabel Gómez-Sotelo, Isidora Ranchal, Ángela Rojas, Marta García-Valdecasas, Rocío Muñoz-Hernández, Rocío Gallego-Durán, Javier Ampuero, Manuel Romero Gómez
AIM: to analyze the effect of metformin on ammonia production derived from glutamine metabolism in vitro and in vivo. METHODS: twenty male Wistar rats were studied for 28 days after a porto-caval anastomosis (n = 16) or a sham operation (n = 4). Porto-caval shunted animals were randomized into two groups (n = 8) and either received 30 mg/kg/day of metformin for two weeks or were control animals. Plasma ammonia concentration, Gls gene expression and K-type glutaminase activity were measured in the small intestine, muscle and kidney...
March 15, 2018: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
Balraj Singh, Vanessa N Sarli, Laura J Washburn, Milan R Raythatha, Anthony Lucci
We previously described a strategy for selecting highly adaptable rare triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) cells based on their ability to survive a severe and prolonged metabolic challenge, e.g., a lack of glutamine. We hypothesized that metabolically adaptable (MA) cancer cells selected from the SUM149 cell line in this manner have the capacity to survive a variety of challenges that postulated "decathlon winner" cancer cells must survive to succeed in metastasis. These MA cells were resistant to glutaminase inhibitor CB-839, as predicted from their ability to proliferate without exogenous glutamine...
February 16, 2018: Oncotarget
Beiqing Wu, Jianhui Liu, Runze Zhao, Yuju Li, Justin Peer, Alexander L Braun, Lixia Zhao, Yi Wang, Zenghan Tong, Yunlong Huang, Jialin C Zheng
BACKGROUND: Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are important in the intercellular communication of the central nervous system, and their release is increased during neuroinflammation. Our previous data demonstrated an increased release of EVs during HIV-1 infection and immune activation in glial cells. However, the molecular mechanism by which infection and inflammation increase EV release remains unknown. In the current study, we investigated the role of glutaminase 1 (GLS1)-mediated glutaminolysis and the production of a key metabolic intermediate α-ketoglutarate on EV release...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Tianyu Han, Weihua Zhan, Mingxi Gan, Fanrong Liu, Bentong Yu, Y Eugene Chin, Jian-Bin Wang
Glutamine metabolism plays an important role in cancer development and progression. Glutaminase C (GAC), the first enzyme in glutaminolysis, has emerged as an important target for cancer therapy and many studies have focused on the mechanism of enhanced GAC expression in cancer cells. However, little is known about the post-translational modification of GAC. Here, we report that phosphorylation is a crucial post-translational modification of GAC, which is responsible for the higher glutaminase activity in lung tumor tissues and cancer cells...
March 7, 2018: Cell Research
Bo Chen, Bao Zhang, Meng-Na Li, Ying Xie, Han-Qing Chen
Glutenin and gliadin were treated with protein-glutaminase in order to obtain soluble glutenin (PG-Glu) and gliadin (PG-Gli). PG-Glu or PG-Gli was added to potato starch at various concentrations (0.5%, 1.0%, and 1.5% of starch weight, w/w), and the physicochemical properties and microstructure of starch/protein mixtures were investigated. The results showed that the presence of PG-Glu or PG-Gli decreased the viscosity parameters and yield stress and consistency coefficient of mixed pastes. The starch/protein mixed pastes exhibited a pseudoplastic and shear-thinning behavior under yield stress condition, and the storage modulus and loss modulus increased...
July 1, 2018: Food Chemistry
Autumn N Harris, P Richard Grimm, Hyun-Wook Lee, Eric Delpire, Lijuan Fang, Jill W Verlander, Paul A Welling, I David Weiner
Background Hyperkalemia in association with metabolic acidosis that are out of proportion to changes in glomerular filtration rate defines type 4 renal tubular acidosis (RTA), the most common RTA observed, but the molecular mechanisms underlying the associated metabolic acidosis are incompletely understood. We sought to determine whether hyperkalemia directly causes metabolic acidosis and, if so, the mechanisms through which this occurs. Methods We studied a genetic model of hyperkalemia that results from early distal convoluted tubule (DCT)-specific overexpression of constitutively active Ste20/SPS1-related proline-alanine-rich kinase (DCT-CA-SPAK)...
February 26, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
Hyun-Wook Lee, Gunars Osis, Autumn N Harris, Lijuan Fang, Michael F Romero, Mary E Handlogten, Jill W Verlander, I David Weiner
Renal ammonia metabolism is the primary mechanism through which the kidneys maintain acid-base homeostasis, but the molecular mechanisms regulating renal ammonia generation are unclear. In these studies, we evaluated the role of the proximal tubule basolateral plasma membrane electrogenic sodium bicarbonate cotransporter 1 variant A (NBCe1-A) in this process. Deletion of the NBCe1-A gene caused severe spontaneous metabolic acidosis in mice. Despite this metabolic acidosis, which normally causes a dramatic increase in ammonia excretion, absolute urinary ammonia concentration was unaltered...
February 26, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
Sharon S Lander, Usman Khan, Nicole Lewandowski, Darpan Chakraborty, Frank A Provenzano, Susana Mingote, Sergiy Chornyy, Francesca Frigerio, Pierre Maechler, Hanoch Kaphzan, Scott A Small, Stephen Rayport, Inna Gaisler-Salomon
Brain imaging has revealed that the CA1 subregion of the hippocampus is hyperactive in prodromal and diagnosed patients with schizophrenia (SCZ), and that glutamate is a driver of this hyperactivity. Strikingly, mice deficient in the glutamate synthetic enzyme glutaminase have CA1 hypoactivity and a SCZ-resilience profile, implicating glutamate-metabolizing enzymes. To address this further, we examined mice with a brain-wide deficit in the glutamate-metabolizing enzyme glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH), encoded by Glud1, which should lead to glutamate excess due to reduced glutamate metabolism in astrocytes...
February 20, 2018: Schizophrenia Bulletin
David S Lynch, Viorica Chelban, Jana Vandrovcova, Alan Pittman, Nicholas W Wood, Henry Houlden
We describe a consanguineous family in which two brothers were affected by childhood onset spastic ataxia with optic atrophy and loss of motor and language skills. Through a combination of homozygosity mapping and whole-genome sequencing, we identified a homozygous copy number variant in GLS as the cause. The duplication leads to complete knockout of GLS expression. GLS encodes the brain- and kidney-specific enzyme glutaminase, which hydrolyzes glutamine for the production of glutamate, the most abundant central nervous system neurotransmitter...
February 2018: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
Michihito Kono, Nobuya Yoshida, Kayaho Maeda, George C Tsokos
Glutaminolysis is a well-known source of energy for effector T cells but its contribution to each T cell subset and the mechanisms which are responsible for the control of involved metabolic enzymes are not fully understood. We report that Th17 but not Th1, Th2, or Treg cell induction in vitro depends on glutaminolysis and the up-regulation of glutaminase 1 (Gls1), the first enzyme in the glutaminolysis pathway. Both pharmacological and siRNA-based selective inhibition of Gls1 reduced in vitro Th17 differentiation and reduced the CD3/TCR-mediated increase of the mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 activity...
February 20, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Sanaa E Tork, Magda M Aly, Omar Elsemin
In the current study, the purified l-glutaminase from Streptomyces pratensis NRC10 (GenBank number KC857622) was characterized. Its molecular weight was estimated to be 46 kDa and isoelectric point 7.4. Its Vmax was calculated to be 2.19 U/mg/min, while Km was 0.175 mM. The optimum pH and temperature were 9 and 45 °C, respectively. It was thermostable at 45 °C but thermally inactivated at 60 °C after 50 min. Moreover, its enzymatic activity was enhanced by K+ ions and inhibited by Mg2+ , Cu2+ , Ag+ , Hg2+ , Ni2+ , Fe2+ , Cr2 , Na+ , Ca2+ , and EDTA...
February 16, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Noeman Ardalan, Sako Mirzaie, Abbas Akhavan Sepahi, Ramazan Ali Khavari-Nejad
L-Asparaginases (ASNase) belong to a family of amidohydrolases, have both asparaginase and glutaminase activity. Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) is an outrageous disease worldwide. Bacterial ASNase has been used for the treatment of ALL. Glutaminase activity of enzyme causes some side effect and it is not essential for anticancer activity. The aim of this study was engineering of Escherichia coli asparaginase II to find a mutant with reduced glutaminase activity by molecular docking, molecular dynamics (MD) and QM-MM (Quantum mechanics molecular dynamics) simulations...
March 2018: Medical Hypotheses
Marina Wright Muelas, Fernando Ortega, Rainer Breitling, Claus Bendtsen, Hans V Westerhoff
Optimization of experimental conditions is critical in ensuring robust experimental reproducibility. Through detailed metabolomic analysis we found that cell culture conditions significantly impacted on glutaminase (GLS1) sensitivity resulting in variable sensitivity and irreproducibility in data. Baseline metabolite profiling highlighted that untreated cells underwent significant changes in metabolic status. Both the extracellular levels of glutamine and lactate and the intracellular levels of multiple metabolites changed drastically during the assay...
February 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
Jeddidiah W D Griffin, Ying Liu, Patrick C Bradshaw, Kesheng Wang
Ammonia is a toxic by-product of protein catabolism and is involved in changes in glutamate metabolism. Therefore, ammonia metabolism genes may link a range of diseases involving glutamate signaling such as Alzheimer's disease (AD), major depressive disorder (MDD), and type 2 diabetes (T2D). We analyzed data from a National Institute on Aging study with a family-based design to determine if 45 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in glutaminase (GLS), carbamoyl phosphate synthetase 1 (CPS1), or glutamate-ammonia ligase (GLUL) genes were associated with AD, MDD, or T2D using PLINK software...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
Marta Mauro-Lizcano, Abelardo López-Rivas
Glutamine plays an important role in the metabolism of tumor cells through its contribution to redox homeostasis, bioenergetics, synthesis of macromolecules, and signaling. Triple-negative breast cancers (TNBC) are highly metastatic and associated with poor prognosis. TNBC cells show a marked dependence on extracellular glutamine for growth. Herein we demonstrate that TNBC cells are markedly sensitized to tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL)-induced apoptosis upon glutamine deprivation...
February 12, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Irfana Soomro, Ying Sun, Zhai Li, Lonnette Diggs, Georgia Hatzivassiliou, Ajit G Thomas, Rana Rais, Barbara S Slusher, Stefan Somlo, Edward Y Skolnik
Background: Metabolism of glutamine by glutaminase 1 (GLS1) plays a key role in tumor cell proliferation via the generation of ATP and intermediates required for macromolecular synthesis. We hypothesized that glutamine metabolism also plays a role in proliferation of autosomal-dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) cells and that inhibiting GLS1 could slow cyst growth in animal models of ADPKD. Methods: Primary normal human kidney and ADPKD human cyst-lining epithelial cells were cultured in the presence or absence of two pharmacologic inhibitors of GLS1, bis-2-(5-phenylacetamido-1,2,4-thiadiazol-2-yl)ethyl sulfide 3 (BPTES) and CB-839, and the effect on proliferation, cyst growth in collagen and activation of downstream signaling pathways were assessed...
February 5, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Manish Narang, Ravikumar Natarajan, Dheeraj Shah, Amarender Singh Puri, Vikas Manchanda, Mrinalini Kotru
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the proportion of children with moderate to severe iron-deficiency anemia who have associated celiac disease. METHODS: This cross-sectional analytical study was conducted among children aged 1 to 12 years of age with moderate-to-severe iron deficiency anemia and control children without anemia. Serum IgA-tissue trans-glutaminase levels were assessed in both cases and controls. All children with positive celiac serology underwent upper gastrointestinal endoscopy and duodenal biopsy; biopsy finding of Marsh grade 3 was considered positive for celiac disease...
January 15, 2018: Indian Pediatrics
Canrong Wu, Mengzhu Zheng, Suyu Gao, Shanshan Luan, Li Cheng, Liqing Wang, Jiachen Li, Lixia Chen, Hua Li
Kidney-type glutaminase (KGA), a mitochondrial enzyme converting glutamine to glutamate for energy supply, was over-expressed in many cancers and had been regarded as a promising therapeutic target in recent years. Structure-based virtual ligand screening predicted physapubescin K, a new withanolide from Physalis pubescens, to be potential KGA inhibitor. Enzyme activity inhibition assays and microscale thermophoresis experiments had demonstrated the efficiency and specificity of physapubescin K targeting KGA...
December 26, 2017: Oncotarget
Najat O Hamed, Laila-Al-Ayadhi, Mohamed A Osman, Elkhawad Abdalla O, Hanan Qasem, Majida Al-Marshoud, Nada M Merghani, Afaf El-Ansary
BACKGROUND: AIM: Autism is a heterogeneous neurological disorder that is characterized by impairments in communication and social interactions, repetitive behaviors and sensory abnormalities. The etiology of autism remains unclear. Animal, genetic and postmortem studies suggest that an imbalance exists in the neuronal excitation and inhibition (E/I) system in autism. The aim of this study was to determine whether alterations of the measured parameters in children with autism are significantly associated with the risk of a sensory dysfunction...
January 22, 2018: Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
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