Inhibition of Glutaminase 1 Attenuates Experimental Pulmonary Fibrosis.

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  • It has been increasingly recognized lately that aberrant cellular metabolism plays an important role in the pathogenesis of pulmonary fibrosis. In our previous systemic studies, we found that human lung myofibroblasts undergo glutaminolytic reprogramming, which is mediated by an increased expression of glutaminase 1 (Gls1). We showed that augmented glutaminolysis critically regulates collagen production by promoting its stabilization in human lung myofibroblasts. Our study indicates that lung fibroblast Gls1 is a promising therapeutic target for this disease. In this ensuing investigation, we primarily focused on delineating the in vivo role of fibroblast Gls1 in mouse models of pulmonary fibrosis and determining the efficacy of Gls1 inhibition in treating this pathology. We now show that fibroblast Gls1 is upregulated in fibrotic mouse lungs. We present evidence that mice with ablation of fibroblast Gls1 are protected from bleomycin induced lung fibrosis. We show that the Gls1 inhibitor CB-839 is therapeutically efficacious in treating both bleomycin and TGF-β1 induced pulmonary fibrosis. Our study has thus established a solid rationale for advancing Gls1 inhibitors, particularly CB-839, to the next stage of testing in the treatment of this disease.
  • Keywords

  • glutaminase 1; glutaminolysis; fibroblast; collagen; pulmonary fibrosis
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  • Cui H; Xie N; Jiang D; Banerjee S; Ge J; Sanders YY; Liu G