Regulation of prostaglandin synthesis and cell adhesion by a tryptophan catabolizing enzyme

B. Marshall, D. B. Keskin, A. L. Mellor

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BACKGROUND: The tryptophan catabolizing enzyme, indoleamine 2,3, dioxygenase (IDO) is one of two mammalian enzymes, which can catabolize the rarest essential amino acid, tryptophan. IDO is inducible by cytokines such as interferon-gamma and plays a role in inflammation and maternal tolerance of fetal allografts, although its exact mode of action is unclear. Therefore, we investigated the circumstances under which IDO is expressed in vitro together with the effects of overexpression of IDO on the growth and morphology of cells. RESULTS: Overexpression of IDO in the murine macrophage cell line RAW 264.7 and the murine fibrosarcoma cell line MC57, resulted in the growth of macroscopic cell foci, with altered cell adhesion properties. The expression of IDO was also detected during adhesion of wild type, nontransfected cells in tissue culture to standard cell growth substrates. Inhibition of this expression, likewise resulted in alterations in cell adhesion. Overexpression of IDO or inhibition of endogenous IDO expression was accompanied by changes in metalloproteinase expression and also in the expression and activity of the cyclooxygenase enzymes. In the case of RAW cells, IDO effects on cell growth could be reversed by adding back prostaglandins. CONCLUSIONS: These results suggest that catabolism of the rarest essential amino acid may regulate processes such as cell adhesion and prostaglandin synthesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalBMC Biochemistry
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - May 17 2001

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Indoleamine-Pyrrole 2,3,-Dioxygenase
Cell adhesion
Cell Adhesion
Tryptophan
Prostaglandins
Enzymes
Essential Amino Acids
Cells
Cell growth
Growth
Transplantation Tolerance
Tissue culture
Fibrosarcoma
Macrophages
Metalloproteases
Prostaglandin-Endoperoxide Synthases
Interferon-gamma
Allografts
Adhesion
Mothers

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Regulation of prostaglandin synthesis and cell adhesion by a tryptophan catabolizing enzyme. / Marshall, B.; Keskin, D. B.; Mellor, A. L.

In: BMC Biochemistry, Vol. 2, No. 1, 1, 17.05.2001, p. 1-15.

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Marshall, B. ; Keskin, D. B. ; Mellor, A. L. / Regulation of prostaglandin synthesis and cell adhesion by a tryptophan catabolizing enzyme. In: BMC Biochemistry. 2001 ; Vol. 2, No. 1. pp. 1-15.
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