Molecular and cellular biochemistry

Methionine and methionine sulfoxide treatment induces M1/classical macrophage polarization and modulates oxidative stress and purinergic signaling parameters.

PMID 27752805


Methionine is an essential amino acid involved in critical metabolic process, and regulation of methionine flux through metabolism is important to supply this amino acid for cell needs. Elevation in plasma methionine commonly occurs due to mutations in methionine-metabolizing enzymes, such as methionine adenosyltransferase. Hypermethioninemic patients exhibit clinical manifestations, including neuronal and liver disorders involving inflammation and tissue injury, which pathophysiology is not completely established. Here, we hypothesize that alterations in macrophage inflammatory response may contribute to deleterious effects of hypermethioninemia. To this end, macrophage primary cultures were exposed to methionine (1 mM) and/or its metabolite methionine sulfoxide (0.5 mM), and M1/proinflammatory or M2/anti-inflammatory macrophage polarization was evaluated. In addition, inflammation-related pathways including oxidative stress parameters, as superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), glutathione peroxidase (GPx) activities; reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, and purinergic signaling, as ATP/ADP/AMPase activities, were investigated. Methionine and/or methionine sulfoxide induced M1/classical macrophage activation, which is related to proinflammatory responses characterized by increased iNOS activity and TNF-α release. Further experiments showed that treatments promoted alterations on redox state of macrophages by differentially modulated SOD and CAT activities and ROS levels. Finally, methionine and/or methionine sulfoxide treatment also altered the extracellular nucleotide metabolism, promoting an increase of ATPase/ADPase activities in macrophages. In conclusion, these findings contribute to better understand the participation of proinflammatory responses in cell injury observed in hypermethioninemic patients.

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