Bioinformatics Core Facility, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, United States of America, Roles In fact, the mRNA levels of the human vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGFA), known to increase vascularity in glioblastoma , were lower in the brequinar-treated group after 55 days of treatment (Fig 3F, right panel). Numerical values for each of the experiments represented are available in S4 Data. Then, cell lysates were sonicated on high intensity using 30-sec ON/OFF cycles for 5 min. However, further experiments are needed to address this question. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgen.1009117.s004. (F) Immunofluorescence of rRNA in LN229 cells by using the anti-rRNA Y10b antibody with or without 0.1 μM brequinar and with or without 100 μM uridine for 24 h. Brequinar decreased the amounts of rRNA, which was rescued by uridine. Thus, we analyze the nucleolar morphology upon brequinar treatment by evaluating the distribution of proteins that localize in the different compartments of the nucleolus such as UBF, which localizes in the FC, and NPM1, which localizes in the GC. β-actin levels were normalized to RNA load for the cDNA production. All reactions are thus annotated here only in the forward direction. Tolbutamide (Sigma T0891) and Brequinar (24445, Cayman Chemical) were dissolved in DMSO. (C) IF of p53 in LN229 (upper panels) and GBM9 (lower panels) in the presence of brequinar with or without uridine for 24 h. (D) Quantification of (C) with Image J. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgen.1009117.s007, https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgen.1009117.s008. At the end of the experiment, tumors were harvested and weighed. Pyrimidine Biosynthesis Kuldeep Sharma Devashish Somani B.Tech Biotech. To generate a brequinar standard curve, varying concentrations of brequinar standards were spiked into control tumor homogenate, blank commercial serum, or blank brain homogenate and processed like samples. Mammalian pyrimidine biosynthesis: fresh insights into an ancient pathway J Biol Chem. Various known concentrations of UMP, UDP, UTP, and uridine were spiked into the Resuspension Solution containing diluted control matrix to create each standard curve. To test this hypothesis, we used 2 DHODH inhibitors, brequinar, which is currently in clinical trials for leukemia (ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03760666) and ML390 (Fig 1C) . Similarly, in the liver tissues of brequinar-treated mice only uridine but not UMP, UDP or UTP, was significantly decreased (Fig 4E). We, therefore, generated a TMZ-resistant SF188 cell line by treating cells for approximately 3 weeks with increasing concentrations of TMZ until the population growth was resistant to the addition of 100 μM TMZ (Fig 2H and 2I). Given that tumor growth and the amount of pyrimidine metabolites were reduced in the brequinar-treated mice, we quantified the 47S pre-rRNA and the 28S and 18S rRNAs as well as ACTIN in the tumor xenografts. In parallel to demonstrating that brequinar caused nucleolar stress leading to p53 accumulation, we confirmed by IF with an anti-total rRNA antibody (Y10b) that the abundance of rRNA at the single-cell level was also reduced upon DHODH inhibition. The pyrimidine nucleotide de novo biosynthetic pathway derives in part from the central metabolic precursors oxaloacetate and D-ribose 5-phosphate. (D) Relative proliferation of ARPE, LN229 and GBM9 cells with or without brequinar and with or without uridine. Media with drug were replaced the day after seeding, and proliferation assessed after 4 days. Interestingly, uridine in the control condition also led to increase number of 80S monosomes, which suggests that additional uridine promotes the production of rRNA. LN229 cells (1 x 106) were injected into one flank of each mouse. No, Is the Subject Area "Ribosomal RNA" applicable to this article? Media with drugs and metabolites were replaced every 2 days for 6 days for the experiments shown in Fig 2A, and 2B and S2A, S2B and S2C Fig. (O) Western blot of ARPE, LN229, SF188 and GBM9 for p53, p21 and cleaved caspase 3 after 48 h of treatment with 1 μM brequinar or 4 μM ML390. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgen.1009117.s014. Treating LN229 and GBM9 cells with 10 μM TMZ, which had a limited effect on proliferation (S2E Fig), with brequinar or with a combination of both agents in the presence or absence of uridine, demonstrated that TMZ, but not brequinar, increased H2AX phosphorylation (Fig 2F and 2G and S2F and S2G Fig). Our results are in agreement with a recently published study showing that inhibition of DHODH in colon and mammary cancer cells leads to decrease 47S pre-rRNA abundance and accumulation of p53 . (E) Amounts of brequinar, UMP, UDP, UTP and uridine measured by LC-MS/MS in the liver tissues of mice used for xenografts. Numerical values for each of the experiments represented are available in S3 Data. * indicates p-values ≦0.05. Aims: To investigate the regulation of de novo pyrimidine biosynthesis in the bacterium Pseudomonas resinovorans ATCC 14235. (G) Western blot quantification by Image J of Fig 2G and additional experimental replicates. All cells were cultured in DMEM with 10% FBS and 100 U/mL penicillin/streptomycin. (B) IF of NPM1 in LN229 cells with or without brequinar and uridine for 24 h. See also Supplementary S4C Fig. N = 2–3. Epub 2004 Apr 19. This in turns induces nucleolar stress leading to changes in nucleolar morphology, the stabilization of p53, cell cycle arrest and cell death. Complex III Inhibitors Up-Regulate p53 by Blocking the Dihydroorotate Dehydrogenase Step of Pyrimidine Biosynthesis. Our results on rRNA and nucleolar stress are in agreement with previous studies showing that de novo purine biosynthesis is necessary for rRNA synthesis and proliferation in glioblastoma  and that DHODH inhibition with leflunomide leads to decreased rRNA synthesis and p53 stabilization in mammary and colon cells . N = 4. Furthermore, we compared the effects of TMZ and brequinar on DNA damage in the TMZ-sensitive and TMZ-resistant SF188 cells. De novo pyrimidine synthesis occurs in the cytosol of cells in all tissues. We then chose non-toxic concentrations of uridine (100 μM for LN229, and 10 and 25 μM for GMB9 and SF188) for the rescue experiments. Importantly, treating cells with low concentrations of brequinar (0.01 μM) (S3E Fig) was not sufficient to reduce the levels of UMP, UDP, UTP and uridine compared with 0.1 μM that was used in all other experiments (Fig 1E). Right panel shows the quantification by image J. Treatment with 0.1 μM brequinar activated apoptosis in SF188 and to a lesser extent in GBM9, but not in ARPE or LN229 (Fig 2M). Tables including values of the experiments represented in S6 Fig. Tables including values of the experiments represented in S4 Fig. (E) Immunofluorescence of NPM1 GFP-tagged in LN229 cells with or without 0.1 μM brequinar and with or without 100 μM uridine for 24 h. NPM1 redistributed to the edges of the nucleolus (indication of nucleolar stress) upon brequinar treatment, which was rescued by the addition of uridine. Funding: This research was supported by Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas RR150059 and RP150596, American Cancer Society IRG-17-174-13, Welch I-1914, NCI R01CA245548, University of Texas Southwestern Circle of Friends Early Investigator Award to M.C-S, the NIH (R01GM125812) to M.B, and NIH grant CA197796, NNX16AD78G to SB, 1S10OD021684-01 award to Dr. Kate Luby-Phelps. RNA levels were measured by quantitative PCR with the iTaq Universal SYBR Green Supermix (BIO-RAD). Pyrimidine biosynthesis links mitochondrial respiration to the p53 pathway Anastasia A. Khutornenko,aVladimir V. Roudko,aBoris V. Chernyak,a,bAndrey B. Vartapetian,aPeter M. Chumakov,c,d,1and Alexandra G. Evstafievaa,b,1 aBelozersky Institute of Physico-Chemical Biology, Moscow State University, 119992, Moscow, Russia; (2020) Inhibition of the de novo pyrimidine biosynthesis pathway limits ribosomal RNA transcription causing nucleolar stress in glioblastoma cells. This is contrary to what was previously shown in glioblastoma, neuroblastoma and melanoma cells [52–55]. User data Module. (J) Relative proliferation of SF188 TMZ-sensitive or -resistant cells with or without TMZ, brequinar or brequinar + TMZ with or without uridine normalize to each DMSO condition. Equivalent volume of water was used as control conditions. Although this regimen was effective in reducing malignancy in leukemia , in the LN229 tumor xenografts, the reduction of tumor size was not significant (S5A Fig). Formal analysis, As expected, brequinar was only present in the brequinar-treated animals, and UMP, UDP, UTP and uridine were dramatically lower in the brequinar-treated group (Fig 4A and S1 Table), confirming that brequinar inhibited the de novo pyrimidine biosynthesis in the tumor xenografts. Also see Supplementary S2I and S2J Fig. Also see Supplementary S2H Fig. Media with drugs was replaced the day after seeding, and cell proliferation was measured 4 days later. Samples were then centrifuged 12,000g 4°C for 10 min to pellet nuclei and mitochondria. Conceptualization, Cells treated with brequinar had fewer monosomes in comparison with the 40S and 60S subunits fractions (Fig 5G). Is the Subject Area "Uridine" applicable to this article? (A) Relative proliferation of GBM9 cells upon DHODH knockdown with or without uridine. However, brequinar potentiated the effect of TMZ on the phosphorylation of H2AX, and this increase was reduced by the addition of uridine (Fig 2F and 2G and S2F and S2G Fig). It has been shown that TMZ, in addition to causing direct DNA damage, limits repair by downregulating MGMT expression in some glioblastoma cell lines [44, 45]. It is possible that the MGMT locus is highly transcriptionally active as a mechanism to increase MGMT levels and DNA repair. TMZ-resistant cells grew slower than the TMZ-sensitive cells even in the absence of TMZ (Fig 2I, and S2H Fig). The fact that non-cancer cells do not present such high rates of rRNA production could explain the low toxicity observed in the normal tissue of the mice. Consistently, none of the rRNA forms nor ACTIN were reduced in the brain tissues of mice treated with brequinar (Fig 4D and S5F Fig). To determine whether the effects of TMZ, brequinar or ML390 on proliferation were cytostatic or cytotoxic, we treated LN229 cells with DMSO, 0.1 μM brequinar, 2 μM ML390 (in the absence or presence of 100 μM uridine) and with 100 μM TMZ for 24 h and analyzed the cell cycle by flow cytometry. For the experiment shown in Fig 3A, 3.5 x 106 LN229 cells were injected into the flank of 8-week-old female NOD/SCID mice (n = 7 per group, Day 0). Similar results were previously reported in HeLa cells . (L) Cell cycle analysis of LN229 treated with 0.1 μM brequinar, 2 μM ML390 in the presence or absence of 100 μM uridine, and 100 μM TMZ for 24 h. Media with drugs was replaced the day after seeding and cells harvested after 24 h. Also see Supplementary S2K Fig. Department of Biochemistry and Structural Biology, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas, United States of America, Roles e1009117. 5-Fluorouracil (F6627, Sigma) dissolved in DMSO. Methods and Results: The pyrimidine biosynthetic pathway enzymes were measured in cell extracts from P. resinovorans ATCC 14235 and from an auxotroph lacking orotate phosphoribosyltransferase activity. The day after seeding, fresh media with drugs and uridine was added. Format. All values are reported as mean ± SD in each figure. Following diagram shows the source of different atoms in a pyrimidine skeleton identified by radio labeling studies. We found that TMZ, but not brequinar, increased H2AX phosphorylation. here. In fact, hypermethylation of the MGMT promoter, which leads to decreased MGMT expression correlates with long-term survival of glioblastoma patients [29, 30, 65, 66]. (D, E) Relative proliferation of LN229 and GBM9 in the presence of TMZ, brequinar (Breq.) Writing – original draft, A Thermo Scientific (Waltham, MA) Biobasic Anion Exchange (AX) column (2.1 x 50 mm, 5 micron packing) was used for chromatography with the following conditions: Buffer A: 7:3 water:acetonitrile 10 mM NH4 acetate, pH 6; Buffer B: 7:3 water: acetonitrile 1 mM MH4 acetate, pH 10.5; flow rate 0.5 mL/min; 0–1 min 0%B, 1–2.5 min 35%B, 2.5–5 min 35%B, 5–7 min 65%B, 7–10 min 65%B, 10–10.5 min 100%B, 10.5–15 min 100%B, 15–15.5 min 0%B, 15.5–20.5min 0%B. Brequinar decreased proliferation of LN229, GBM9, and SF188 cells but not ARPE. (B) Relative proliferation of LN229, GBM9 and SF188 cells with or without brequinar and uridine. On day 6, sodium brequinar was administered by intraperitoneal (IP) injections every 3 days at 15 mg/kg over a period of 60 days. The 6 enzymatic reactions of the de novo pyrimidine biosynthesis pathway are performed by 3 essential enzymes: 1-Carbamoyl-Phosphate Synthetase 2, 2-Aspartate Transcarbamylase, and 3-Dihydroorotase (CAD); Dihydroorotate dehydrogenase (quinone) (DHODH); and 1-Orotate Phosphoribosyl Transferase and 2-Orotidine-5'-Decarboxylase/Uridine Monophosphate Synthetase (UMPS). Importantly, uridine did not increase proliferation of the DMSO-treated cells (Fig 2B and S2C and S2D Fig). This effect was reversed by the addition of uridine. Scale bar is 5 μm. The BioLogic LP low-pressure chromatography system (BIO-RAD) was used to analyze the centrifuged fractions. For all the Western blot experiments, media with drugs and metabolites were replaced the day after seeding and cells harvested at the indicated time points. The first reaction is the conjugation of carbamoyl phosphate and aspartate to make N-carbamoylaspartate. To determine whether brequinar treatment affects pyrimidine synthesis in other non-transformed differentiated tissues in the mice, we collected brain and liver tissues in addition to serum from the same mice used for the xenograft experiment. UniProtKB (345,440) Reviewed (4,568) Swiss-Prot. Nucleotides for in vitro experiments: uridine (AAA1522706, Alfa Aesar) dissolved in water. To determine whether the inhibition of the de novo pyrimidine biosynthesis regulates cell growth and rRNA production in vivo, we performed subcutaneous xenografts in NOD-SCID mice using the glioblastoma cell line LN229. Investigation, * indicates p-values ≦0.05. This suggest that the inhibition of DHODH can be used as a sequential step after TMZ treatment and not necessarily in combination with it, indicating that it could become an alternative approach to treat glioblastoma patients that develop TMZ resistance. siRNA transfections were performed using Lipofectamine RNAiMAX (Invitrogen). Then, cells were resuspended in 0.5 mL PBS and fixed by adding 70% cold ethanol in drop-wise manner on a vortex. The enzyme that carries out the reaction is aspartate transcarbamoylase, an enzyme that is closely regulated. (C) Representation of de novo and salvage pyrimidine biosynthesis pathways and brequinar. Amity Institute of Biotechnology Amity University Rajasthan 2. PLoS Genet 16(11): The day after seeding, the media were replaced with fresh media containing the appropriate inhibitors and metabolites. Recently, inhibition of the purine guanosine monophosphate biosynthesis was shown to decrease the production of rRNA and glioblastoma cell growth , and to increase the sensitivity to radiotherapy . These analyses showed that brequinar and ML390 effectively lowered the concentration of UTP, UDP, UMP, and uridine in treated cells (Fig 1E and 1F, and S1C Fig). The samples were spun at 16,100 x g for 5 min and the supernatants were kept. The key enzyme of the pathway is deoxycytidylate deaminase (dCMP deaminase) ( EC 126.96.36.199). Glioblastomas grow very rapidly and frequently develop resistance to treatment by increasing the expression of DNA repair enzymes such as O-6-Methylguanine-DNA Methyltransferase (MGMT), thus explaining in part the very poor prognosis [28–30]. These results indicate that the inhibition of the de novo pyrimidine biosynthesis pathway, but not DNA damage, are responsible for the increase in p53 observed in cells treated with brequinar or ML390 (Fig 2G, 2H, 2K and 2M–2O). All other pyrimidines are synthesized from UMP. Numerical values for each of the experiments represented are available in S11 Data. Epub â¦ â¦ While previous studies attributed this phenotype to a decrease in stemness of glioblastoma-initiating cells [34, 35], our current results indicate that the decrease of glioblastoma cell proliferation upon inhibition of DHODH is caused by a specific decrease in pre-rRNA and rRNA abundance, which leads to nucleolar stress and insufficient protein synthesis (Fig 6). Before use, the gradient column tubes were thawed at 4 oC overnight to form continuous sucrose gradient. In fact, the size of the nucleolus positively correlates with rRNA synthesis, cell growth, and malignancy of tumors . PRPP is a general activator of nitrogen ring compounds. These assays were performed in the presence or absence of uridine, which should rescue the inhibitory effects of brequinar and ML390 due to its ability to reconstitute the pyrimidine pool via the salvage pathway (Fig 1C). The decrease in MGMT levels leads to an increase in H2AX phosphorylation and thus enhances the sensitivity of glioblastoma cells to DNA damage-induced death. (B) Proliferation curve of increasing amount of 5-FU for the LN229, GBM9 and SF188 cells. Media with drugs was replaced the day after seeding, and cell proliferation was measured 4 days later. N = 2–5. (A) Relative proliferation of non-transformed retinal epithelial ARPE and the glioblastoma cells LN229, GBM9 and SF188 in the presence of increasing amounts of the DHODH inhibitor, ML390. The carbamoyl phosphate synthetase used in pyrimidine biosynthesis is located in the cytoplasm, in contrast to the carbamoyl phosphate used in urea synthesis, which is made in the â¦ To test whether addition of exogenous uridine can rescue the effects of inhibiting DHODH in proliferation, we first determined the highest uridine concentrations tolerated by glioblastoma cells without causing off-target effects and cell death (S2C Fig). in a XY graph. Keyword - Pyrimidine biosynthesis (KW-0665) Map to. Moreover, DHODH inhibition decreased the proliferation of glioblastoma cells, including temozolomide-resistant cells. Then each quantification was normalized by the amount of loading control (actin or tubulin). Yet SF188 cell proliferation was still reduced when treated with 100 μM TMZ (Fig 2I). Last brequinar injection was 3 h before harvesting the tissues. L-glutamine + 2 ATP + HCO3- + H2O => carbamoyl phosphate + L-glutamate + 2 ADP + orthophosphate (Homo sapiens), carbamoyl phosphate + L-aspartate <=> N-carbamoyl L-aspartate + orthophosphate (Homo sapiens), N-carbamoyl L-aspartate + H+ <=> (S)-dihydroorotate + H2O (Homo sapiens), (S)-dihydroorotate + ubiquinone => orotate + ubiquinol (Homo sapiens), orotate + 5-phospho-alpha-D-ribose 1-diphosphate (PRPP) <=> orotidine 5'-monophosphate (OMP) + pyrophosphate (Homo sapiens), orotidine 5'-monophosphate => uridine 5'-monophosphate + CO2 (Homo sapiens), pyrimidine nucleoside biosynthetic process (0046134), Pyrimidine biosynthesis (Caenorhabditis elegans), Pyrimidine biosynthesis (Canis familiaris), Pyrimidine biosynthesis (Dictyostelium discoideum), Pyrimidine biosynthesis (Drosophila melanogaster), Pyrimidine biosynthesis (Plasmodium falciparum), Pyrimidine biosynthesis (Rattus norvegicus), Pyrimidine biosynthesis (Saccharomyces cerevisiae), Pyrimidine biosynthesis (Schizosaccharomyces pombe), Pyrimidine biosynthesis (Xenopus tropicalis). Both purines and pyrimidines can be synthesized by 2 alterative pathways: the de novo pathways that metabolize ribose and amino acids in a series of enzymatic reactions and the salvage pathways that recycle nucleotides present in the cells or their environment through phosphorylation/dephosphorylation reactions . For example, PRPP is added to anthranilate during the biosynthesis of tryptophan in bacteria. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript. (A) Immunofluorescence of the rDNA transcriptional factor UBF in LN229 cells with or without 0.1 μM brequinar and with or without 100 μM uridine for 24 h. UBF clustered in the edges of the nucleolus (indication of nucleolar stress) upon brequinar treatment, which was rescued by the addition of uridine. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgen.1009117.s005. UMP, UDP, UTP, and uridine levels in the brain tissues were not affected by the treatment with brequinar (Fig 4C and S1 Table). We propose that glioblastoma cells rely more heavily on the de novo biosynthesis of nucleotides than in the salvage pathways to sustain rRNA production and proliferation, and therefore our work highlights the metabolic vulnerabilities of glioblastoma tumors. Introduction â¢ The biosynthesis of pyrimidine is a simpler process than the purines. Yes Therefore, we performed another subcutaneous xenograft experiment, injecting 3 x 106 LN229 cells and starting treatment 5 days after injection with a daily regimen of 10 mg/kg sodium brequinar for 55 days (Fig 3A). The sucrose gradient column comprises 2 mL of 10%, 20%, 30%, 40%, and 50% sucrose solutions. The poor prognosis and limited therapeutic options led to studies targeted at understanding specific vulnerabilities of glioblastoma cells. The high expression of these enzymes in glioblastoma cells, suggests a greater reliance on the de novo pyrimidine biosynthetic pathway for the development and/or progression of glioblastoma (IV grade glioma), which agrees with data from recently published studies [34–36]. After 24 h of treatment, cells were trypsinized and harvested and washed with PBS. (C) Tumor weight of LN229 xenografts at day 60 (end of experiment). (A) mRNA expression of lower grade (II-III) to higher grade (IV/Glioblastoma) gliomas from patients whose tumors are archived in the CGGA database. Proliferation was assessed by crystal violet staining after 4 days of siRNA transfection. (F) Western blot quantification by Image J of Fig 2F and additional experimental replicates. The samples were snap-frozen three times in liquid nitrogen. Data were analyzed using GraphPad for nucleotide quantification. Validation, Pyrimidine biosynthesis in adult tissues is accomplished largely through the salvage pathway, while in tissues of the conceptus the de novo pathway predominates. Uridine did not rescue the effects of DHODH knockdown in proliferation. Confirming our biochemical experiments, our IF results indicate that brequinar decreases the abundance of total rRNA both in the nucleolus and cytoplasm, and that uridine rescues this effect (Fig 5E, 5F, and S6F and S6G Fig). Samples were then run on a 4%-12% gradient acrylamide gel and transfer to a nitrocellulose membrane. * indicates p-values ≦ 0.05. The pyrimidine biosynthesis (de novo pyrimidine synthesis pathway) was first observed in mutants of bread mole Neurospora Crassa, which are unable to synthesize pyrimidine, therefore, require both â¦ Lower panels in (A) and (B) show UBF and NPM1 3D representation from Z-stack images. (I) Relative proliferation of SF188 TMZ-sensitive and -resistant cells with or without TMZ. Membranes were washed 3 times with TBS-T for 10 min and imaged using BIO-RAD chemiluminescence imager. Our in vivo data indicate that while inhibition of DHODH caused a dramatic reduction in pyrimidines in tumor cells, it did not affect the overall pyrimidine levels in normal brain and liver tissues, suggesting that pyrimidine production by the salvage pathway may play an important role in maintaining these nucleotides in normal cells. To investigate the need of glioblastoma cells for the de novo pyrimidine biosynthesis pathway, we chose 3 distinct cell lines (S1B Fig): SF188, a commercially available pediatric male cell line expressing p53 that is mutated in the DNA binding domain (G622E); LN229, a commercially available adult female cell line with mutated p53 outside the DNA binding domain (P98L); and the patient-derived GBM9 with unknown p53 status . Here, we report a new approach to target glioblastoma growth through the inhibition of the de novo biosynthesis of pyrimidines, which preferentially limits ribosomal RNA (rRNA) production. Brequinar detected by LC-MS/MS (transition 375.897 to 133) using a Sciex 4000 QTRAP operating in MRM mode and coupled to a Shimadzu Prominence LC. Total RNA was extracted with TRI Reagent solution (Sigma) following the manufacturer’s instructions, and cDNA was produced with the iScript RT Supermix for RT-qPCR (BIO-RAD). Here, we demonstrate that glioblastoma cells rely on the de novo biosynthesis of pyrimidines to support rDNA transcription and thus cell growth. Competing interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist. Moreover, because DHODH is a structural mitochondrial protein also involved in the electron transport chain, the effects of DHODH knockdown on proliferation (S3A and S3B Fig.) Secondary antibodies (Alexa Fluor 594 Goat Anti-Mouse IgG H+L and Alexa Fluor 594 Donkey Anti-Goat IgG H+L -Thermo Fisher), were diluted at 1:1000 in 5% BSA-PBS, incubated for 1 h at RT, washed with PBS 3 times for 10 min and mounted with Mowiol mounting media. However, the addition of uridine to the media did not rescue this effect (S3A and S3B Fig). TMZ is the main chemotherapeutic agent used for the treatment of glioblastoma . This result suggests that the depletion of pyrimidine nucleotides not only impairs the ability of cells to produce rRNA, but also, as expected, it impairs the ability of the cells to synthesize DNA and progress through the cell cycle. Conceptualization, The first reaction is the conjugation of carbamoyl phosphate and aspartate to make Nâcarbamoylaspartate. (C) Brequinar levels quantified by LC-MS/MS in LN229 cells treated with 0.1 μM brequinar. This result suggests that p53 is transcriptionally inactive in SF188 and GBM9 cells. LC-MS/MS was used to quantify brequinar, UMP, UDP, UTP, and uridine in all harvested tissues. Moreover, UMP and uridine levels in the serum (UDP and UTP were undetectable) of brequinar-treated mice were also unaffected (Fig 4F). Active rDNA transcription governs the overall organization of the nucleolus . (B) qPCR of 47S pre-rRNA and 28S and 18S rRNAs in the LN229 xenografts. Biosynthesis of pyrimidines is simple than that of purines. We then compared the effects of TMZ and brequinar alone or in combination on the proliferation of the TMZ-sensitive and TMZ-resistant cells in the presence or absence of uridine. (E) Relative proliferation of the LN229 and GBM9 cells in the presence of increasing amounts of temozolomide (TMZ). 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