Multi-omics analyses detail metabolic reprogramming in lipids, carnitines, and use of glycolytic intermediates between prostate small cell neuroendocrine carcinoma and prostate adenocarcinoma

Bei Gao, Hui Wen Lue, Jennifer Podolak, Sili Fan, Ying Zhang, Archana Serawat, Joshi J. Alumkal, Oliver Fiehn, George V. Thomas

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Abstract

As the most common cancer in men, prostate cancer is molecularly heterogeneous. Contributing to this heterogeneity are the poorly understood metabolic adaptations of the two main types of prostate cancer, i.e., adenocarcinoma and small cell neuroendocrine carcinoma (SCNC), the latter being more aggressive and lethal. Using transcriptomics, untargeted metabolomics and lipidomics profiling on LASCPC-01 (prostate SCNC) and LNCAP (prostate adenocarcinoma) cell lines, we found significant differences in the cellular phenotypes of the two cell lines. Gene set enrichment analysis on the transcriptomics data showed 62 gene sets were upregulated in LASCPC-01, while 112 gene sets were upregulated in LNCAP. ChemRICH analysis on metabolomics and lipidomics data revealed a total of 25 metabolite clusters were significantly different. LASCPC-01 exhibited a higher glycolytic activity and lower levels of triglycerides, while the LNCAP cell line showed increases in one-carbon metabolism as an exit route of glycolytic intermediates and a decrease in carnitine, a mitochondrial lipid transporter. Our findings pinpoint differences in prostate neuroendocrine carcinoma versus prostate adenocarcinoma that could lead to new therapeutic targets in each type.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number82
JournalMetabolites
Volume9
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2019

Keywords

  • Extracellular acidification rate
  • Hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC)
  • N-Myc
  • Oxygen consumption rate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology

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