Metabolic flux profiling of MDCK cells during growth and canine adenovirus vector production

Nuno Carinhas, Daniel A M Pais, Alexey Koshkin, Paulo Fernandes, Ana S. Coroadinha, Manuel J T Carrondo, Paula M. Alves, Ana P. Teixeira

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Canine adenovirus vector type 2 (CAV2) represents an alternative to human adenovirus vectors for certain gene therapy applications, particularly neurodegenerative diseases. However, more efficient production processes, assisted by a greater understanding of the effect of infection on producer cells, are required. Combining [1,2- 13 C]glucose and [U- 13 C]glutamine, we apply for the first time 13 C-Metabolic flux analysis (13 C-MFA) to study E1-transformed Madin-Darby Canine Kidney (MDCK) cells metabolism during growth and CAV2 production. MDCK cells displayed a marked glycolytic and ammoniagenic metabolism, and 13 C data revealed a large fraction of glutamine-derived labelling in TCA cycle intermediates, emphasizing the role of glutamine anaplerosis. 13 C-MFA demonstrated the importance of pyruvate cycling in balancing glycolytic and TCA cycle activities, as well as occurrence of reductive alphaketoglutarate (AKG) carboxylation. By turn, CAV2 infection significantly upregulated fluxes through most central metabolism, including glycolysis, pentose-phosphate pathway, glutamine anaplerosis and, more prominently, reductive AKG carboxylation and cytosolic acetyl-coenzyme A formation, suggestive of increased lipogenesis. Based on these results, we suggest culture supplementation strategies to stimulate nucleic acid and lipid biosynthesis for improved canine adenoviral vector production.

Original languageEnglish
Article number23529
JournalScientific Reports
Publication statusPublished - 23 Mar 2016


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