Unveiling dynamic metabolic signatures in human induced pluripotent and neural stem cells

João Vasconcelos e Sá, Daniel Simão, Ana P. Terrasso, Marta M. Silva, Catarina Brito, Inês A. Isidro, Paula M. Alves, Manuel J.T. Carrondo

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Metabolism plays an essential role in cell fate decisions. However, the methods used for metabolic characterization and for finding potential metabolic regulators are still based on characterizing cellular metabolic steady-state which is dependent on the extracellular environment. In this work, we hypothesized that the response dynamics of intracellular metabolic pools to extracellular stimuli is controlled in a cell type-specific manner. We applied principles of process dynamics and control to human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSC) and human neural stem cells (hNSC) subjected to a sudden extracellular glutamine step. The fold-changes of steady-states and the transient profiles of metabolic pools revealed that dynamic responses were reproducible and cell type-specific. Importantly, many amino acids had conserved dynamics and readjusted their steady state concentration in response to the increased glutamine influx. Overall, we propose a novel methodology for systematic metabolic characterization and identification of potential metabolic regulators.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere1007780
JournalPLoS Computational Biology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020


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