Renal Transcriptome and Metabolome in Mice with Principal Cell-Specific Ablation of the Tsc1 Gene: Derangements in Pathways Associated with Cell Metabolism, Growth and Acid Secretion

Kamyar Zahedi, Sharon Barone, Marybeth Brooks, Tracy Murray Stewart, Robert A. Casero, Manoocher Soleimani

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Abstract

Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is caused by mutations in the hamartin (TSC1) or tuberin (TSC2) genes. Using a mouse model of TSC renal cystogenesis that we have previously described, the current studies delineate the metabolic changes in the kidney and their relation to alterations in renal gene expression. To accomplish this, we compared the metabolome and transcriptome of kidneys from 28-day-old wildtype (Wt) and principal cell-specific Tsc1 KO (Tsc1 KO) mice using targeted 1H nuclear magnetic resonance targeted metabolomic and RNA-seq analyses. The significant changes in the kidney metabolome of Tsc1 KO mice included reductions in the level of several amino acids and significant decreases in creatine, NADH, inosine, UDP-galactose, GTP and myo-inositol levels. These derangements may affect energy production and storage, signal transduction and synthetic pathways. The pertinent derangement in the transcriptome of Tsc1 KO mice was associated with increased collecting duct acid secretion, active cell division and the up-regulation of signaling pathways (e.g., MAPK and AKT/PI3K) that suppress the TSC2 GTPase-activating function. The combined renal metabolome and transcriptome alterations observed in these studies correlate with the unregulated growth and predominance of genotypically normal A-intercalated cells in the epithelium of renal cysts in Tsc1 KO mice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number10601
JournalInternational journal of molecular sciences
Volume23
Issue number18
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2022

Keywords

  • cystogenesis
  • hamartin
  • kidney
  • metabolome and transcriptome
  • principal cell
  • tuberous sclerosis complex

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Spectroscopy
  • Catalysis
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

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