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Schriever, S.C.* ; Deutsch, M.J.* ; Adamski, J. ; Roscher, A.A.* ; Ensenauer, R.*

Cellular signaling of amino acids towards mTORC1 activation in impaired human leucine catabolism.

J. Nutr. Biochem. 24, 824-831 (2013)
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The regulation of cell growth and protein biosynthesis is triggered by the mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) responding to amino acids, especially leucine. The molecular mechanisms linking leucine to mTORC1 activation are not well understood. We analyzed whether the free intracellular leucine availability, a metabolite of leucine catabolism or the process of leucine oxidation activates mTORC1 signaling. We further investigated whether mTORC1 signaling is subject to altered regulation in disturbed leucine metabolism. Human fibroblasts with deficiencies in leucine catabolic steps and those from healthy control subjects were utilized. In all cells, leucine-induced mTORC1 signaling was significantly related to leucine pool size and leucine repletion capacity. The leucine/glutamine antiporter SLC7A5/SLC3A2 and the amino acid sensor MAP4K3 were identified as crucial determinants of signaling leucine availability to downstream targets. In cells with defective leucine catabolism, mTORC1 signaling towards phosphorylation of ribosomal protein S6 kinase 1 (S6K1) was significantly increased, whereas transcriptional down-regulation of MAP4K3 upon reduced amino acid supply was abrogated. Remarkably, these effects were observed irrespective of the localization of the enzymatic blockage. Our data provide evidence that mechanisms determining intracellular leucine availability and the amino acid sensor MAP4K3 are key upstream modulators of nutrient-sensitive mTORC1 signaling, whereas specific leucine metabolites or leucine oxidation rates do not play a role. In human fibroblasts deficient in leucine catabolic steps, we observed regulation consistent with sustaining a more efficient MAP4K3 and mTOR-S6K1 signaling. Such regulatory circuit might serve to protect cells against detrimental consequences of reduced nutrient utilization in human conditions associated with disturbed leucine metabolism.
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Publikationstyp Artikel: Journalartikel
Dokumenttyp Wissenschaftlicher Artikel
Schlagwörter mTORC1 signaling; Leucine catabolism; Intracellular leucine availability; MAP4K3 signaling pathway; Cultured Skin Fibroblasts ; Pancreatic Beta-cells ; Isovaleric Acidemia ; Mammalian Target ; Complex 1 ; Metabolism ; Pathway ; Rapamycin ; Kinase ; Deficiency
ISSN (print) / ISBN 0955-2863
e-ISSN 0955-2863
Quellenangaben Band: 24, Heft: 5, Seiten: 824-831 Artikelnummer: , Supplement: ,
Verlag Elsevier
Begutachtungsstatus Peer reviewed
Institut(e) Molecular endocrinology and metabolism (MEM)
Institute of Experimental Genetics (IEG)