Cytosolic Aspartate Availability Determines Cell Survival When Glutamine Is Limiting.

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Mitochondrial function is important for aspartate biosynthesis in proliferating cells. Here, we show that mitochondrial aspartate export via the aspartate-glutamate carrier 1 (AGC1) supports cell proliferation and cellular redox homeostasis. Insufficient cytosolic aspartate delivery leads to cell death when TCA cycle carbon is reduced following glutamine withdrawal and/or glutaminase inhibition. Moreover, loss of AGC1 reduces allograft tumor growth that is further compromised by treatment with the glutaminase inhibitor CB-839. Together, these findings argue that mitochondrial aspartate export sustains cell survival in low-glutamine environments and AGC1 inhibition can synergize with glutaminase inhibition to limit tumor growth.


Alkan, H Furkan; Walter, Katharina E; Luengo, Alba; Madreiter-Sokolowski, Corina T; Stryeck, Sarah; Lau, Allison N; Al-Zoughbi, Wael; Lewis, Caroline A; Thomas, Craig; Hoefler, Gerald; Graier, Wolfgang F; Madl, Tobias; Vander Heiden, Matthew G; Bogner-Strauss, Juliane G;

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