Advanced search
Start date

Understanding the cell signalization pathways that impact on glutaminase activity

Grant number: 11/13981-4
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2012
Effective date (End): February 28, 2014
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Biochemistry
Principal Investigator:Sandra Martha Gomes Dias
Grantee:Carolline Fernanda Rodrigues Ascenção
Host Institution: Centro Nacional de Pesquisa em Energia e Materiais (CNPEM). Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovações (Brasil). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:09/10875-9 - Cellular and biochemical studies of the glutaminase enzyme and its relation with cancer, AP.JP


Cell proliferation is the driving force behind embryogenesis and the development of an organism, being essential to the correct function of organs and adult tissues. However, it is also plays a crucial part on tumor development. It was only during the last ten years that became more clear the relation between the cell signaling pathways stimulated by growth factors and the cell metabolic activity, which needs during cell division to prioritize the biosynthesis and the increasing in biomass. In tumor cells, glutamine consumption increases concomitantly with the increasing on glutaminase activity. At least three glutaminase isoenzymes accomplish the glutamine to glutamate conversion (liver-type glutaminase, kidney-type glutaminase and glutaminase C) but little is known about the tumor specific needs for each one of them. Results obtained in the laboratory where this proposal is inserted indicate that glutaminase C is the mitochondrial isoform, and, among all them, GAC is the most responsive to the activator inorganic phosphate. Further, their mRNA and protein levels are increased by fetal bovine serum and inhibited by an inhibitor of NFkB. When using an antibody specific for the GAC, an interesting band pattern reveals the emergence of a third band particularly present on the more aggressive breast cancer cell line MDA-MB 231 compared to the SKBR3 and Human Mammary Epithelial Cells (HMEC). This band is also present on the prostate cancer cell line DU145 and absent on another prostate cell line, PC-3. PC-3, unlike the others, is PTEN- and presents the PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathway constantly stimulated. Our goal is to understand the signaling pathways that impact on the glutaminase activity of tumor cells. The particular interest is the regulation of glutaminase C mRNA levels, protein and activity by elements of the NFkB and PI3K pathway as well as AMPK, a regulator of cell energy levels.

News published in Agência FAPESP Newsletter about the scholarship:
Articles published in other media outlets (0 total):
More itemsLess items

Scientific publications
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
DE GUZZI CASSAGO, CAROLINA APARECIDA; DIAS, MARILIA MEIRA; PINHEIRO, MATHEUS PINTO; PASQUALI, CAMILA CRISTINA; SILVA BASTOS, ALLINY CRISTINY; ISLAM, ZEYAUL; CONSONNI, SILVIO ROBERTO; DE OLIVEIRA, JULIANA FERREIRA; GOMES, EMERSON MACHI; RODRIGUES ASCENCAO, CAROLLINE FERNANDA; et al. Glutaminase Affects the Transcriptional Activity of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma (PPAR gamma) via Direct Interaction. BIOCHEMISTRY, v. 57, n. 44, p. 6293-6307, . (14/20673-2, 11/10127-2, 17/11766-5, 16/22246-0, 15/25832-4, 10/13992-3, 14/19518-2, 11/13981-4)
Academic Publications
(References retrieved automatically from State of São Paulo Research Institutions)
ASCENÇÃO, Carolline Fernanda Rodrigues. Understanding the cell signalization pathways that impact on glutaminase activity. 2014. Master's Dissertation - Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Instituto de Biologia Campinas, SP.

Please report errors in scientific publications list using this form.