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The Warburg Effect Mediator Pyruvate Kinase M2 Expression and Regulation in the Retina.


PMID 27883057

Abstract

The tumor form of pyruvate kinase M2 (PKM2) undergoes tyrosine phosphorylation and gives rise to the Warburg effect. The Warburg effect defines a pro-oncogenic metabolism switch such that cancer cells take up more glucose than normal tissue and favor incomplete oxidation of glucose, even in the presence of oxygen. Retinal photoreceptors are highly metabolic and their energy consumption is equivalent to that of a multiplying tumor cell. In the present study, we found that PKM2 is the predominant isoform in both rod- and cone-dominant retina, and that it undergoes a light-dependent tyrosine phosphorylation. We also discovered that PKM2 phosphorylation is signaled through photobleaching of rhodopsin. Our findings suggest that phosphoinositide 3-kinase activation promotes PKM2 phosphorylation. Light and tyrosine phosphorylation appear to regulate PKM2 to provide a metabolic advantage to photoreceptor cells, thereby promoting cell survival.

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