Glycolysis fuels phosphoinositide 3-kinase signaling to bolster T cell immunity.

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Date: Jan. 22, 2021
From: Science(Vol. 371, Issue 6527)
Publisher: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Document Type: Article
Length: 3,466 words
Lexile Measure: 1380L

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Infection triggers expansion and effector differentiation of T cells specific for microbial antigens in association with metabolic reprograming. We found that the glycolytic enzyme lactate dehydrogenase A (LDHA) is induced in [CD8.sup.+] T effector cells through phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) signaling. In turn, ablation of LDHA inhibits PI3K-dependent phosphorylation of Akt and its transcription factor target Foxol, causing defective antimicrobial immunity. LDHA deficiency cripples cellular redox control and diminishes adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production in effector T cells, resulting in attenuated PI3K signaling. Thus, nutrient metabolism and growth factor signaling are highly integrated processes, with glycolytic ATP serving as a rheostat to gauge PI3K-Akt-Foxol signaling in the control of T cell immunity. Such a bioenergetic mechanism for the regulation of signaling may explain the Warburg effect.

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A652011495