Hepatocyte growth factor increases mitochondrial mass in glioblastoma cells

Shuli Xia, John Laterra

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Hepatocyte growth factor/scatter factor (HGF) is a multifunctional growth factor that is linked to the initiation and/or progression of numerous malignancies. HGF also alters cancer cell responses to DNA damaging cytotoxic agents. Many cell responses to Met activation require alterations in metabolic activity but how the metabolic machinery responds to Met activation remains poorly defined. Treating human glioblastoma cells with HGF followed by the topoisomerase inhibitor camptothecin was found to increase the activity per cell of the mitochondrial respiratory chain enzyme succinate-tetrazolium reductase (>80% increase, p < 0.05) and the tricarboxylic acid cycle enzyme succinate dehydrogenase (>25% increase, p < 0.05). Treatment with either HGF or camptothecin alone had no effect on enzyme activity. The mitochondrial enzymatic response to HGF was dose- and time-dependent with the maximum increase occurring in cells pre-treated with 30 ng/ml HGF for 48 h prior to camptothecin exposure. This enzymatic response was associated with a concurrent increase in mitochondrial mass of comparable magnitude (∼56%, p < 0.05) as measured by fluorescent mitochondrial staining and flow cytometry. The mitochondrial mass response to HGF was prevented by the MAP-kinase pathway inhibitor PD98059 and was unaffected by the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase inhibitors LY294002 and wortmannin. These findings suggest that HGF influences cell responses to chemotherapeutic stress, in part, by altering mitochondrial functions through a MAP-kinase dependent increase in mitochondrial mass.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1358-1364
Number of pages7
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 14 2006


  • Glioblastoma
  • HGF
  • Mitochondrial mass
  • Mitochondrial succinate dehydrogenase
  • Succinate-tetrazolium reductase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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