Expression of human GLUD2 glutamate dehydrogenase in human tissues: Functional implications
ABSTRACT Glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH), a mitochondrial enzyme with a key metabolic role, exists in the human in hGDH1 and hGDH2 isoforms encoded by the GLUD1 and GLUD2 genes, respectively. It seems that GLUD1 was retroposed to the X chromosome where it gave rise to GLUD2 via random mutations and natural selection. Of these, evolutionary Gly456Ala substitution dissociated hGDH2 from GTP control, while replacement of Arg443 by Ser drastically modified basal activity, heat stability, optimal pH, allosteric regulation and migration pattern in SDS-PAGE, thus suggesting an effect on enzyme's conformation. While GLUD2-specific transcripts have been detected in human brain, retina and testis, data on the endogenous hGDH2 protein are lacking. Given the housekeeping nature of hGDH1 and its high homology to hGDH2, the specific detection of hGDH2 in tissues presents a challenge. To develop an antibody specific for hGDH2, we considered that an epitope containing the Arg443Ser change was an attractive target. We accordingly used a peptide that corresponds to residues 436-447, with Ser at position 443, to immunize rabbits and succeeded in raising a polyclonal antibody specific for hGDH2. Western blots showed that human testis contained equal amounts of hGDH2 and hGDH1 and that both isoproteins localized to the mitochondrial fraction. In human brain, however, hGDH2 expression was lower than that of hGDH1. Immuno-histochemical studies on human testis and cerebral cortex, showed punctuate, organelle-like hGDH2 immuno-labeling in sertoli cells and in astrocytes, respectively, consistent with the mitochondrial localization of the enzyme. Similar studies in kidney revealed that hGDH2 is expressed in epithelial cells of the proximal convoluted tubule. As hGDH2 can metabolize glutamate at relatively low pH without the GTP constrain, it may function efficiently under conditions of relative acidification that prevail in astrocytes following glutamate uptake. Similarly, in the kidney, hGDH2 could contribute to enhanced excretion of ammonia under acidosis.
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ABSTRACT: Glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH) uses ammonia to reversibly convert α-ketoglutarate to glutamate using NADP(H) and NAD(H) as cofactors. While GDH in most mammals is encoded by a single GLUD1 gene, humans and other primates have acquired a GLUD2 gene with distinct tissue expression profile. The two human isoenzymes (hGDH1 and hGDH2), though highly homologous, differ markedly in their regulatory properties. Here we obtained hGDH1 and hGDH2 in recombinant form and studied their K(m) for ammonia in the presence of 1.0 mM ADP. The analyses showed that lowering the pH of the buffer (from 8.0 to 7.0) increased the K(m) for ammonia substantially (hGDH1: from 12.8 ± 1.4 mM to 57.5 ± 1.6 mM; hGDH2: from 14.7 ± 1.6 mM to 62.2 ± 1.7 mM), thus essentially precluding reductive amination. Moreover, lowering the ADP concentration to 0.1 mM not only increased the K(0.5) [NH(4) (+)] of hGDH2, but also introduced a positive cooperative binding phenomenon in this isoenzyme. Hence, intra-mitochondrial acidification, as occurring in astrocytes during glutamatergic transmission should favor the oxidative deamination of glutamate. Similar considerations apply to the handling of glutamate by the proximal convoluted tubules of the kidney during systemic acidosis. The reverse could apply for conditions of local or systemic hyperammonemia or alkalosis.Metabolic Brain Disease 02/2013; DOI:10.1007/s11011-013-9382-6 · 2.40 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: In vitro and in vivo studies have shown that glutamate can be oxidized for energy by brain astrocytes. The ability to harvest the energy from glutamate provides astrocytes with a mechanism to offset the high ATP cost of the uptake of glutamate from the synaptic cleft. This brief review focuses on oxidative metabolism of glutamate by astrocytes, the specific pathways involved in the complete oxidation of glutamate and the energy provided by each reaction.Frontiers in Endocrinology 01/2013; 4:191. DOI:10.3389/fendo.2013.00191
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ABSTRACT: The enzyme glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH) plays an important role in integrating mitochondrial metabolism of amino acids and ammonia. Glutamate may function as a respiratory substrate in the oxidative deamination direction of GDH, which also yields α-ketoglutarate. In the reductive amination direction GDH produces glutamate, which can then be used for other cellular needs such as amino acid synthesis via transamination. The production or removal of ammonia by GDH is also an important consequence of flux through this enzyme. However, the abundance and role of GDH in cellular metabolism varies by tissue. Here we discuss the different roles the house-keeping form of GDH has in major organs of the body and how GDH may be important to regulating aspects of intermediary metabolism. The near-equilibrium poise of GDH in liver and controversy over cofactor specificity and regulation is discussed, as well as, the role of GDH in regulation of renal ammoniagenesis, and the possible importance of GDH activity in the release of nitrogen carriers by the small intestine.Neurochemical Research 02/2013; 39(3). DOI:10.1007/s11064-013-0998-z · 2.55 Impact Factor