; We propose a systems biochemical study of lung cancer (LC) cell nutrient metabolism of importance to LC development, survival and progression in the tumor microenvironment (TME). The primary approach is to utilize stable isotopic (13C and 15N) nutrient tracers in conjunction with stable isotope-resolved metabolomics (SIRM) and metabolomics-edited transcriptomic analysis (META) to discern key metabolic events in LC cells that govern their behavior and vulnerability in response to major TME factors such as hypoxia and nutrient deficiency. A central focus of this cell-based project is to understand the interaction of nutrient availability and hypoxia in modulating LC cell metabolism and how this may affect its ability to grow, survive and progress. This focus is in part motivated by our recent finding from the gene array data of paired cancerous and benign lung tissues resected from human patients regarding the dysregulations of key enzymes (e.g. arginase, glutaminase, hyaluronan synthase 2) involved in metabolism of glutamine and glucose. It is also driven by our recent discovery of arginase suppression in lung tumor xenograft and activation of Gin metabolism in murine macrophages by a natural immune activator, B-glucan. We will accomplish this with the following specific aims: SAI: SIRM profiling of lung cells for reconstructing biochemical pathways involved in utilization of glucose and glutamine. Biochemical pathways of these nutrients relevant to energy, anabolism, immunomodulatory sensors, and cell migration-related extracellular matrix factors will be mapped in LC cells harboring major driver gene anomalies, normal epithelial cells, and relevant stromal cells for comparison. SA2: Probe interactions of nutrient availability in combination with hypoxia. We will focus on 2 key questions: 1) How does Gin alleviate glucose demand by LC cells?;2) Is Gin metabolism crucial to hypoxic LC cells?. SAS: Examine Arg metabolism in human tumor-associated macrophages as a function of Gin and Arg availability. Gin and Arg utilization pathways of relevance to immunomodulation in tumor-associated human macrophages will be probed in response to immune activator (B-glucans) and M2 to Ml polarization. The knowledge gained from this project will be used to help interpret data obtained from Projects 2 and 3.

Public Health Relevance

Deaths from lung cancer are the highest among all cancers in North America and cure rates remain low. We seek to gain a deeper understanding of lung cancer biochemistry using a novel approach we developed. Improved knowledge will have direct impact on early diagnosis and prognosis. The biochemical differences between lung cancer subtypes can be related to appropriate treatments.

National Institute of Health (NIH)
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Research Program Projects (P01)
Project #
Application #
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZCA1-RPRB-0)
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
Budget End
Support Year
Fiscal Year
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
University of Kentucky
United States
Zip Code
Higashi, Richard M; Fan, Teresa W-M; Lorkiewicz, Pawel K et al. (2014) Stable isotope-labeled tracers for metabolic pathway elucidation by GC-MS and FT-MS. Methods Mol Biol 1198:147-67
Wu, Pin; Wu, Dang; Ni, Chao et al. (2014) ??T17 cells promote the accumulation and expansion of myeloid-derived suppressor cells in human colorectal cancer. Immunity 40:785-800
Xie, Han; Hanai, Jun-Ichi; Ren, Jian-Guo et al. (2014) Targeting lactate dehydrogenase--a inhibits tumorigenesis and tumor progression in mouse models of lung cancer and impacts tumor-initiating cells. Cell Metab 19:795-809