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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671681/extracellular-vesicles-are-independent-metabolic-units-with-asparaginase-activity
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Nunzio Iraci, Edoardo Gaude, Tommaso Leonardi, Ana S H Costa, Chiara Cossetti, Luca Peruzzotti-Jametti, Joshua D Bernstock, Harpreet K Saini, Maurizio Gelati, Angelo Luigi Vescovi, Carlos Bastos, Nuno Faria, Luigi G Occhipinti, Anton J Enright, Christian Frezza, Stefano Pluchino
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are membrane particles involved in the exchange of a broad range of bioactive molecules between cells and the microenvironment. Although it has been shown that cells can traffic metabolic enzymes via EVs, much remains to be elucidated with regard to their intrinsic metabolic activity. Accordingly, herein we assessed the ability of neural stem/progenitor cell (NSC)-derived EVs to consume and produce metabolites. Our metabolomics and functional analyses both revealed that EVs harbor L-asparaginase activity, catalyzed by the enzyme asparaginase-like protein 1 (Asrgl1)...
July 3, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671190/compensatory-metabolic-networks-in-pancreatic-cancers-upon-perturbation-of-glutamine-metabolism
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Douglas E Biancur, Joao A Paulo, Beata Małachowska, Maria Quiles Del Rey, Cristovão M Sousa, Xiaoxu Wang, Albert S W Sohn, Gerald C Chu, Steven P Gygi, J Wade Harper, Wojciech Fendler, Joseph D Mancias, Alec C Kimmelman
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma is a notoriously difficult-to-treat cancer and patients are in need of novel therapies. We have shown previously that these tumours have altered metabolic requirements, making them highly reliant on a number of adaptations including a non-canonical glutamine (Gln) metabolic pathway and that inhibition of downstream components of Gln metabolism leads to a decrease in tumour growth. Here we test whether recently developed inhibitors of glutaminase (GLS), which mediates an early step in Gln metabolism, represent a viable therapeutic strategy...
July 3, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659379/glutamine-fuels-proliferation-but-not-migration-of-endothelial-cells
#3
Boa Kim, Jia Li, Cholsoon Jang, Zoltan Arany
Endothelial metabolism is a key regulator of angiogenesis. Glutamine metabolism in endothelial cells (ECs) has been poorly studied. We used genetic modifications and (13)C tracing approaches to define glutamine metabolism in these cells. Glutamine supplies the majority of carbons in the tricyclic acid (TCA) cycle of ECs and contributes to lipid biosynthesis via reductive carboxylation. EC-specific deletion in mice of glutaminase, the initial enzyme in glutamine catabolism, markedly blunts angiogenesis. In cell culture, glutamine deprivation or inhibition of glutaminase prevents EC proliferation, but does not prevent cell migration, which relies instead on aerobic glycolysis...
June 28, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659375/role-of-glutamine-and-interlinked-asparagine-metabolism-in-vessel-formation
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Hongling Huang, Saar Vandekeere, Joanna Kalucka, Laura Bierhansl, Annalisa Zecchin, Ulrike Brüning, Asjad Visnagri, Nadira Yuldasheva, Jermaine Goveia, Bert Cruys, Katleen Brepoels, Sabine Wyns, Stephen Rayport, Bart Ghesquière, Stefan Vinckier, Luc Schoonjans, Richard Cubbon, Mieke Dewerchin, Guy Eelen, Peter Carmeliet
Endothelial cell (EC) metabolism is emerging as a regulator of angiogenesis, but the precise role of glutamine metabolism in ECs is unknown. Here, we show that depriving ECs of glutamine or inhibiting glutaminase 1 (GLS1) caused vessel sprouting defects due to impaired proliferation and migration, and reduced pathological ocular angiogenesis. Inhibition of glutamine metabolism in ECs did not cause energy distress, but impaired tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle anaplerosis, macromolecule production, and redox homeostasis...
June 28, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644433/ctla-4-mediated-posttranslational-modifications-direct-cytotoxic-t-lymphocyte-differentiation
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Holger Lingel, Josef Wissing, Aditya Arra, Denny Schanze, Stefan Lienenklaus, Frank Klawonn, Mandy Pierau, Martin Zenker, Lothar Jänsch, Monika C Brunner-Weinzierl
The blockade of inhibitory receptors such as CTLA-4 (CD152) is being used as immune-checkpoint therapy, offering a powerful strategy to restore effective immune responses against tumors. To determine signal components that are induced under the control of CTLA-4 we analyzed activated murine CD8(+) T cells by quantitative proteomics. Accurate mass spectrometry revealed that CTLA-4 engagement led to central changes in the phosphorylation of proteins involved in T-cell differentiation. Beside other targets, we discovered a CTLA-4-mediated induction of the translational inhibitor programmed cell death-4 (PDCD4) as a result of FoxO1 nuclear re-localization...
June 23, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627692/the-role-of-intestinal-endotoxemia-in-a-rat-model-of-aluminum-neurotoxicity
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Feng Wang, Rui-Xia Guo, Wen-Xing Li, Bao-Feng Yu, Bai Han, Li-Xin Liu, De-Wu Han
The present study aimed to investigate the effects of intestinal endotoxemia (IETM) in a rat model of aluminum neurotoxicity established by D-galactose and aluminum trichloride (AlCl3). Adult Wistar rats were administered D‑galactose and AlCl3 to create the aluminum neurotoxicity model. The learning and memory abilities of the rats were subsequently observed using a Morris water maze test and the serum levels of lipopolysaccharide (LPS), tumor necrosis factor (TNF)‑α, interleukin (IL)‑1, diamine oxidase (DAO), glutamine (Gln) and glutaminase were measured...
August 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624534/glutaminase-c-overexpression-in-the-brain-induces-learning-deficits-synaptic-dysfunctions-and-neuroinflammation-in-mice
#7
Yi Wang, Yuju Li, Runze Zhao, Beiqing Wu, Blaise Lanoha, Zenghan Tong, Justin Peer, Jianhui Liu, Huangui Xiong, Yunlong Huang, Jialin Zheng
Glutaminolysis, a metabolic process that converts glutamine to glutamate, is particularly important for the central nervous system since glutamate is the major transmitter of excitatory synapses. Glutaminase is the mitochondrial enzyme that catalyzes the first step of glutaminolysis. Two genes encode at least four isoforms of glutaminase in humans. GLS1 gene encodes isoforms kidney-type glutaminase and glutaminase C (GAC) through alternative splicing, whereas GLS2 gene encodes liver-type glutaminase isoforms...
June 14, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614770/transcription-factor-gata3-expression-is-induced-by-gls2-overexpression-in-a-glioblastoma-cell-line-but-is-gls2-independent-in-patient-derived-glioblastoma
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E Majewska, R Rola, M Barczewska, J Marquez, J Albrecht, M Szeliga
Phosphate-activated glutaminase (GA), a ubiquitous glutamine-metabolizing enzyme, is encoded by two genes, GLS and GLS2. In mammalian cancers, GLS isoforms are perceived as molecules promoting cell proliferation and invasion, whereas the role of GLS2 isoforms seems to be more complex and cell type-specific. Previous studies have shown abundance of GLS and lack of GLS2 transcripts in T98G human glioblastoma (GBM) cell line and patient-derived GBM. Transfection with GAB sequence, the whole GLS2 cDNA transcript, suppressed malignant phenotype of T98G cells...
April 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611197/treatment-of-pancreatic-cancer-patient-derived-xenograft-panel-with-metabolic-inhibitors-reveals-efficacy-of-phenformin
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N V Rajeshkumar, Shinichi Yabuuchi, Shweta Pai, Elizabeth De Oliveira, Jurre J Kamphorst, Joshua D Rabinowitz, Héctor Tejero, Fatima Al-Shahrour, Manuel Hidalgo, Anirban Maitra, Chi V Dang
Purpose: To identify effective metabolic inhibitors to suppress the aggressive growth of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), we explored the in vivo anti-tumor efficacy of metabolic inhibitors in a panel of patient-derived PDAC xenograft models (PDXs), and investigated whether genomic alterations of tumors correlate with the sensitivity to metabolic inhibitors. <p>Experimental Design: Mice with PDAC tumors from six to thirteen individual PDXs were randomized and treated, once daily for 4 weeks, with either PBS (vehicle) or the glutaminase inhibitor BPTES, transaminase inhibitor aminooxyacetate (AOA), pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase inhibitor dichloroacetate (DCA), autophagy inhibitor chloroquine (CQ), mitochondrial complex I inhibitor phenformin/metformin...
June 13, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609101/design-synthesis-and-evaluation-of-thiazolidine-2-4-dione-derivatives-as-a-novel-class-of-glutaminase-inhibitors
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Teng-Kuang Yeh, Ching-Chuan Kuo, Yue-Zhi Lee, Yi-Yu Ke, Kuang-Feng Chu, Hsing-Yu Hsu, Hsin-Yu Chang, Yu-Wei Liu, Jen-Shin Song, Cheng-Wei Yang, Li-Mei Lin, Manwu Sun, Szu-Huei Wu, Po-Chu Kuo, Chuan Shih, Chiung-Tong Chen, Lun Kelvin Tsou, Shiow-Ju Lee
Humans have two glutaminase genes, GLS (GLS1) and GLS2, each of which has two alternative transcripts: the kidney isoform (KGA) and glutaminase C (GAC) for GLS, and the liver isoform (LGA) and glutaminase B (GAB) for GLS2. Initial hit compound (Z)-5-((1-(4-bromophenyl)-2,5-dimethyl-1H-pyrrol-3-yl)methylene)thiazolidine-2,4-dione (2), a thiazolidine-2,4-dione, was obtained from a high throughput screening of 40 000 compounds against KGA. Subsequently, a series of thiazolidine-2,4-dione derivatives was synthesized...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597996/sensitization-of-melanoma-cells-to-temozolomide-by-overexpression-of-microrna-203-through-direct-targeting-of-glutaminase-mediated-glutamine-metabolism
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X Chang, W Zhu, H Zhang, S Lian
BACKGROUND: Malignant melanoma (MM) is an aggressive malignancy, which accounts for 80% of skin cancer-related deaths and is notably resistant to conventional chemotherapeutic agents. One of the most common treatments for melanoma is surgery, followed by various combinations of chemotherapy drugs. AIM: To investigate the role of microRNA (miR)-203 in sensitivity of MM cells to the chemotherapy drug temozolomide (TMZ). METHODS: Using quantitative reverse transcription PCR, we measured the expression of miR-203 in an MM cell line...
June 9, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596071/genetic-and-metabolic-engineering-approaches-for-the-production-and-delivery-of-l-asparaginases-an-overview
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REVIEW
Jalaja Vidya, Syed Sajitha, Mrudula Vasudevan Ushasree, Raveendran Sindhu, Parameswaran Binod, Aravind Madhavan, Ashok Pandey
L-asparaginase is one of the protein drugs for countering leukemia and lymphoma. A major challenge in the therapeutic potential of the enzyme is its immunogenicity, low-plasma half-life and glutaminase activity that are found to be the reasons for toxicities attributed to asparaginase therapy. For addressing these challenges, several research and developmental activities are going on throughout the world for an effective drug delivery for treatment of cancer. Hence there is an urgent need for the development of asparaginase with improved properties for efficient drug delivery...
May 12, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578659/rapamycin-mtorc1-inhibitor-reduces-the-production-of-lactate-and-2-hydroxyglutarate-oncometabolites-in-idh1-mutant-fibrosarcoma-cells
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Zoltán Hujber, Gábor Petővári, Norbert Szoboszlai, Titanilla Dankó, Noémi Nagy, Csilla Kriston, Ildikó Krencz, Sándor Paku, Olivér Ozohanics, László Drahos, András Jeney, Anna Sebestyén
BACKGROUND: Multiple studies concluded that oncometabolites (e.g. D-2-hydroxyglutarate (2-HG) related to mutant isocitrate dehydrogenase 1/2 (IDH1/2) and lactate) have tumour promoting potential. Regulatory mechanisms implicated in the maintenance of oncometabolite production have great interest. mTOR (mammalian target of rapamycin) orchestrates different pathways, influences cellular growth and metabolism. Considering hyperactivation of mTOR in several malignancies, the question has been addressed whether mTOR operates through controlling of oncometabolite accumulation in metabolic reprogramming...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571744/kr-pok-zbtb7c-regulates-cancer-cell-proliferation-through-glutamine-metabolism
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Man-Wook Hur, Jae-Hyeon Yoon, Min-Young Kim, Hyeonseok Ko, Bu-Nam Jeon
Kr-POK (ZBTB7c) is a kidney cancer-related POK transcription factor that not only represses transcription of CDKN1A but also increases expression of FASN. However, precisely how Kr-POK affects cell metabolism by controlling gene expression in response to an energy source in rapidly proliferating cells remains unknown. In this study, we characterized the molecular and functional features of Kr-POK in the context of tumor growth and glutamine metabolism. We found that cells expressing Kr-POK shRNA exhibited more severe cell death than control cells in glucose-deprived medium, and that knockdown of Kr-POK decreased glutamine uptake...
May 30, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549811/recent-developments-in-l-glutaminase-production-and-applications-an-overview
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REVIEW
Parameswaran Binod, Raveendran Sindhu, Aravind Madhavan, Amith Abraham, Anil Kuruvilla Mathew, Ummalyma Sabeela Beevi, Rajeev K Sukumaran, Sudhir P Singh, Ashok Pandey
l-glutaminases is an important industrial enzyme which finds potential applications in different sectors ranging from therapeutic to food industry. It is widely distributed in bacteria, actinomycetes, yeast and fungi. l-Glutaminases are mostly produced by Bacillus and Pseudomonas sp. and few reports were available with fungal, actinomycete and yeast system. Modern biotechnological tools help in the improved production as well as with tailor made properties for specific applications. Most of the genetic engineering studies were carried out for the production of l-glutaminase with improved thermo-tolerance and salt tolerance...
May 15, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535436/microcystin-lr-induces-changes-in-the-gaba-neurotransmitter-system-of-zebrafish
#16
Wei Yan, Li Li, Guangyu Li, Sujuan Zhao
It has been reported that exposure to microcystins altered adult zebrafish swimming performance parameters, but the possible mechanisms of action remain unknown. Neuronal activity depends on the balance between the number of excitatory and inhibitory processes which are associated with neurotransmitters. In the present study, zebrafish embryos (5 d post-fertilization) were exposed to 0, 0.3, 3 and 30μg/L (microcystin-LR) MCLR for 90day until reaching sexual maturity. To investigate the effects of MCLR on the neurotransmitter system, mRNA levels involved in amino acid g-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and glutamate metabolic pathways were tested using quantitative real-time PCR...
May 15, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526749/the-origin-and-evolution-of-human-glutaminases-and-their-atypical-c-terminal-ankyrin-repeats
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Camila Cristina Pasquali, Zeyaul Islam, Douglas Adamoski, Igor Monteze Ferreira, Ricardo Diogo Righeto, Jefferson Bettini, Rodrigo Villares Portugal, Wyatt Wai-Yin Yue, Ana Gonzalez, Sandra Martha Gomes Dias, Andre Luis Berteli Ambrosio
On the basis of tissue-specific enzyme activity and inhibition by catalytic products, Hans Krebs first demonstrated the existence of multiple glutaminases in mammals. Currently, two human genes are known to encode at least four glutaminase isoforms. However, the phylogeny of these medically relevant enzymes remains unclear, prompting us to investigate their origin and evolution. Using prokaryotic and eukaryotic glutaminase sequences, we built a phylogenetic tree whose topology suggested that the multidomain architecture was inherited from bacterial ancestors, probably simultaneously with the hosting of the proto-mitochondrion endosymbiont...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498807/knockdown-of-pkm2-and-gls1-expression-can-significantly-reverse-oxaliplatin-resistance-in-colorectal-cancer-cells
#18
Wei-Qun Lu, Ying-Ying Hu, Xiao-Ping Lin, Wei Fan
Clinical treatment for colorectal cancer (CRC) thus far encounters a huge challenge due to oxaliplatin-resistance. As crucial rate-limiting enzymes in aerobic glycolysis and glutaminolysis, pyruvate kinase M2 type (PKM2) and kidney-type glutaminase (GLS1) are proposed to carry important implications in colorectal carcinogenesis and drug-resistance. This study aimed to explore the possible association of oxaliplatin-resistance with aerobic glycolysis/glutaminolysis indexed by PKM2/GLS1 expression. PKM2 and GLS1 expression was quantified by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and Western blot techniques in CRC cell lines...
July 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484941/proteomics-as-a-tool-to-identify-new-targets-against-aspergillus-and-scedosporium-in-the-context-of-cystic-fibrosis
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Andoni Ramirez-Garcia, Aize Pellon, Idoia Buldain, Aitziber Antoran, Aitana Arbizu-Delgado, Xabier Guruceaga, Aitor Rementeria, Fernando L Hernando
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disorder that increases the risk of suffering microbial, including fungal, infections. In this paper, proteomics-based information was collated relating to secreted and cell wall proteins with potential medical applications from the most common filamentous fungi in CF, i.e., Aspergillus and Scedosporium/Lomentospora species. Among the Aspergillus fumigatus secreted allergens, β-1,3-endoglucanase, the alkaline protease 1 (Alp1/oryzin), Asp f 2, Asp f 13/15, chitinase, chitosanase, dipeptidyl-peptidase V (DppV), the metalloprotease Asp f 5, mitogillin/Asp f 1, and thioredoxin reductase receive a special mention...
May 8, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462847/breaking-the-ritual-metabolic-cycle-in-order-to-save-acetyl-coa-a-potential-role-for-mitochondrial-humanin-in-t2-bladder-cancer-aggressiveness
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Nesreen Nabil Omar, Reham Fathy Tash, Youssef Shoukry, Karim Omar ElSaeed
INTRODUCTION: Cancer cells may exhibit outsourcing of their high energy need in order to avoid the intrinsic mitochondrial apoptosis. Reduced mitochondrial respiration and accumulation of mitochondrial genome mutations are among metabolic transformations in this regard. Mitochondrial humanin (MT-RNR2) is a small peptide with anti-apoptotic activities attributed to binding some pro-apoptotic proteins. AIM OF THE WORK: The current study aims at investigating the expression of mitochondrial humanin in bladder tumor cells and the possible casting of humanin anti-apoptotic action through orchestrating some of the mitochondrial metabolic enzymes...
April 24, 2017: Journal of the Egyptian National Cancer Institute
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