TitleMethionine coordinates a hierarchically organized anabolic program enabling proliferation.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsWalvekar AS, Srinivasan R, Gupta R, Laxman S
JournalMol Biol Cell
Date Published2018 Oct 24

Methionine availability during overall amino acid limitation metabolically reprograms cells to support proliferation, the underlying basis for which remains unclear. Here, we construct the organization of this methionine mediated anabolic program, using yeast. Combining comparative transcriptome analysis, biochemical and metabolic flux based approaches, we discover that methionine rewires overall metabolic outputs by increasing the activity of a key regulatory node. This comprises of: the pentose phosphate pathway (PPP) coupled with reductive biosynthesis, the glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH) dependent synthesis of glutamate/glutamine, and pyridoxal-5-phosphate (PLP) dependent transamination capacity. This PPP-GDH-PLP node provides the required cofactors and/or substrates for subsequent rate-limiting reactions in the synthesis of amino acids, and therefore nucleotides. These rate-limiting steps in amino acid biosynthesis are also induced in a methionine-dependent manner. This thereby results in a biochemical cascade establishing a hierarchically organized anabolic program. For this methionine mediated anabolic program to be sustained, cells co-opt a "starvation stress response" regulator, Gcn4p. Collectively, our data suggest a hierarchical metabolic framework explaining how methionine mediates an anabolic switch.

Alternate JournalMol. Biol. Cell
PubMed ID30354837
PubMed Central IDPMC6340205
Grant List / / Wellcome Trust / United Kingdom
IA/I/14/2/501523 / / Wellcome Trust-DBT India Alliance / India