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The gold standard for studies of glutamate-glutamine(GABA) cycling and its The Glutamine–Glutamate (GABA) Shuttle and Its Relation to Glucose Metabolism. The specialized aspects of glutamine/glutamate metabolism of different .. on the relationship between the glutamate-glutamine neurotransmitter cycle and. No significant correlation was found between glutamate levels and the Glutamine appeared as the best predictive prognostic markers in the.
This process can be used for replacement of worn TCA cycle intermediates. Released glutamate is almost quantitatively re-accumulated in astrocytes, together with part of the released GABA [upper line Vcyc in the 13C-NMR studies of the glutamine—glutamate GABA cycle glu—gln cycle ] and re-accumulated in the astrocytic cytosol. Combined astrocytic formation and oxidation of glutamate creates almost as much ATP as direct oxidation of glutamate Hertz et al.
The operation of glutamine—glutamate GABA cycle in one direction only is a result of the astrocyte-specific probably not glia-specific localizations of the enzymes pyruvate carboxylase, PC Yu et al. Pyruvate carboxylase is the enzyme catalyzing formation of oxaloacetate OAA in Figure 1 from pyruvate. This is the only enzyme catalyzing net synthesis from glucose of a new TCA intermediate. Cytosolic malic enzyme normally only operates toward decarboxylation.
The ubiquitously expressed pyruvate dehydrogenase PDH carries pyruvate, via pyruvate dehydrogenation and formation of acetyl Coenzyme A, into the TCA cycle in both neurons and astrocytes, but no new TCA cycle intermediate is generated by the action of this enzyme alone. This is because the citrate citrwhich is formed by condensation of acetyl Coenzyme A with pre-existing oxaloacetate in the TCA cycle loses two molecules of CO2 during the turn of the cycle, which leads to re-generation of oxaloacetate.
This mechanism allows addition of another molecule of pyruvate in the next turn of the TCA cycle to continue the process, but it does not provide a new molecule of a TCA cycle intermediate that the cycle can afford to release and convert to glutamate.
After termination of increased brain activity this effect may be reversed by increased glutamate degradation see also below. Pyruvate can also be formed glycogenolytically from glycogen, previously generated from glucose not shownbut glycogen turnover and glycogenolysis are slow processes Watanabe and Passonneau, ; Dienel et al. Glycogenolysis seems thus to be incapable of contributing much to metabolic fluxes, although blockade of glycogenolysis during sensory stimulation of awake rats does increase glucose utilization Dienel et al.
As illustrated in Table 1 the rate of flux in the glutamine—glutamate GABA cycle in normal rat brain cortex is only slightly lower than that of neuronal glucose oxidation Sibson et al.
Publications by these authors also show that the slight difference between the two fluxes is due to the persistence during deep anesthesia of a small amount of glucose oxidation but no glutamine—glutamate GABA cycling, whereas there is an approximately 1: This includes brain stimulation Chhina et al.
Approximate metabolic rates in the non-anesthetized brain cortex from a multitude of 13C-NMR studies cited in text. Stimulated brain activity is accompanied by a small immediate increase in glutamate content, associated with a quantitatively similar decrease in content of aspartate and with a slower decrease in content of glutamine Dienel et al.
The matched increase in glutamate and decrease in aspartate may suggest an activity-induced alteration in relative distribution of these two amino acids in their association with the malate—aspartate shuttle MAS Mangia et al. However, a larger increase in glutamate content without concomitant decrease in aspartate observed in an epileptic patient almost certainly represents increased de novo synthesis Mangia et al.
The same probably applies to a short-lasting increase in glutamate, together with a similar increase in glutamine Figure 2 and aspartate not shown during learning Hertz et al. The rapid subsequent return to normal amino acid levels is most likely brought about by enhanced degradation.
Learning-induced changes in glutamate and glutamine content in the equivalent of the mammalian brain cortex in day-old chicken. Pre-learning contents are indicated by open symbols and post-learning contents with filled-in symbols. From Hertz et al. Oxidative metabolism in astrocytes is a sine qua non-for operation of the glutamine—glutamate GABA cycle. Pioneering studies early in this century Gruetter et al. These studies have been consistently and repeatedly confirmed in both human and rodent brain, and many of the rates are tabulated by Hertz b.
Since the volume occupied by astrocytes is similar to, or smaller, than the relative contribution of these cells to energy metabolism, their rate of oxidative metabolism per cell volume must be as high, if not higher, than that of neurons Hertz, b.
This conclusion is consistent with an at least similarly high expression of most enzymes involved in oxidative metabolism of glucose in astrocytic as in neuronal cell fractions freshly obtained from the mouse brain Lovatt et al.
This is consistent with a recent in vivo study by Pardo et al. On the basis of their own and previous immunocytochemical observations in brain tissue by themselves and others Ramos et al. B Proposed expansion by Hertz a of the model shown in A. The expanded model shows astrocytic production of glutamine pathway 1its transfer to glutamatergic neurons without indication of any extracellular space, because there is no other function for extracellular glutamine than astrocyte-to-neuron transfer and extracellular release as the transmitter glutamate pathway 2and subsequent reuptake of glutamate and oxidative metabolism in astrocytes pathway 3with connections between pathways 1 and 3 shown as pathway 4.
Biosynthesis of glutamine is shown in brown and metabolic degradation of glutamate in blue. Redox shuttling and astrocytic release of glutamine and uptake of glutamate are shown in black, and neuronal uptake of glutamine, hydrolysis to glutamate, and its release is shown in red.
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Reactions involving or resulting from transamination between aspartate and oxaloacetate OAA are shown in green. Small blue oval is pyruvate carrier into mitochondria and small purple oval malate carrier out from mitochondria. The latter suggestion required exit to the cytosol of mitochondrially located aspartate via the aralar-dependent AGC1 in the MAS. The suggestion of malate—aspartate participation in Figure 3 B was felt to be justified by the finding by Lovatt et al. Moreover, it was calculated based on data by Berkich et al.
Equally high levels of mRNA aralar expression is astrocytes were later confirmed, and its protein expression Figure 4 shown in freshly separated astrocytes and neurons from isolated cell fractions Li et al. The separation procedure used selects astrocytes indiscriminately, but among neurons it mainly isolates glutamatergic projection neurons. These experiments also demonstrated remarkably large differences in aralar expression in young and mature animals.
This finding was replicated in cultured astrocytes, whereas homogeneous neuronal cultures are too short-lived to provide meaningful results.
Protein expression of aralar in neuronal and astrocytic cell fractions are similar and develop at identical rates. Neuronal and astrocytic cell fractions were gently isolated from two mouse strains, one expressing a neuronal marker with a specific fluorescence and the second expressing an astrocytic fluorescent signal Lovatt et al.
From Li et al. The model suggested in Figure 3 B is consistent with the important 13C labeling data in the study by Pardo et al. Formation of glutamate from glucose requires glycogenolysis, both in the intact chicken brain Gibbs et al.
Absence of glycogen phosphorylase in oligodendrocytes Richter et al. The rate of glycogenolysis in brain Table 1 is not high enough that pyruvate derived from glycogen could be used by the astrocytes as the sole source of pyruvate for carboxylation. This exceeds the rate of glycogenolysis by at least 10 times. Rather, as in the case of other astrocytic processes requiring activation of specific signaling pathways Xu et al. Pyruvate carboxylation at least in other cell types Garrison and Borland, is also stimulated by noradrenaline, as is astrocytic glycogenolysis Magistretti, ; Subbarao and Hertz, This does not mean that a very brief increase in glutamate content, as shown in Figure 2 might not, at least partly, be derived from glycogen, which showed a simultaneous precipitous and large fall Hertz et al.
Formation of glutamine from glutamate in the astrocytic cytosol is in agreement with the astrocyte-specific expression of glutamine synthetase Norenberg and Martinez-Hernandez,with probable lack of expression in oligodendrocytes confirmed by Derouiche In cultured astrocytes reduced function of the glutamine synthetase after administration of its inhibitor, methionine sulfoximine MSOcauses an increase in glutamate and aspartate formation, the latter probably reflecting increased glutamate oxidation, when glutamine synthesis is inhibited Zwingmann et al.
Increased content of aspartate in brain slices during MSO inhibition has also been shown by Nicklas Glutamine can travel between gap-coupled astrocytes, and the distance it reaches increases during brain activation Cruz et al.
Different transporters have been proposed to direct its transport from astrocytes to neurons, but it now appears well established that glutamine release occurs via the amino acid transporter SN1. This transporter is densely expressed in astrocytic processes abutting glutamatergic and GABAergic neurons Boulland et al. This topic is discussed in detail in the paper by Chaudhry et al.
Glutamine, Glutamate & Glutathione
Although not shown in Figure 3 B for the sake of simplicitythe subsequent de-amidation of glutamine to glutamate appears to be somewhat complex, probably reflecting the subcellular localization of the phosphate-activated glutaminase PAG. In cultured glutamatergic neurons inhibitor studies have suggested the pathway indicated in Figure 5 Palaiologos et al. This Figure shows conversion of glutamine to glutamate by PAG, followed by a process similar to that occurring in the MAS, with the only exception that the glutamate molecule involved does not originate in the cytosol, but from PAG-activated de-amidation of glutamine in the intermembranaceus space of the mitochondrion.
Evidence that a similar process occurs in freshly isolated mitochondria Bak et al. Metabolic pathway for conversion of glutamine to glutamate in cultured cerebellar granule neurons. Glutamine enters the intermembranaceus space from the cytosol red arrow at bottom of Figure.
As mentioned in the text this process is similar to that operating in the malate—aspartate shuttle, with the exception that glutamate in the latter originates in the cytosol, not in the mitochondrial intermembranaceus space. We know that Pepsin production is activated by HCL secretion as well as the acid denaturing the tertiary structure of the protein to allow the enzymes access to the peptide bonds etc. We also know that the pancreas and liver responds to a variety of signals following acid and pepsinogen secretion to allow their secretions to be timed correctly.
This means that inefficient acid production can have a knock on effect for fat protein and CHO digestion in the duodenum. Diarrhea is associated with irritation of the gut lining, infection, chronic illness, stress and interestingly high histamine i. In terms of bloating this could be an excess of nutrients short chain peptides, short chain saccharides etc causing changes in gas producing gut bacteria, but as with everything gut biome there is a lot of speculation due to lack of information.
Diarrhea could be so many things its difficult to attribute it to diet when you have a chronic illness. My gut issues same symptoms as yours During that time I have been doing some things that may have had an effect: B12, folate, B complex and zinc Meal sizes: Of course this is totally anecdotal and there could be something else happening.
I have gone from having episodes of diarrhea a day and bloating and random constipation to one or two episodes a month by doing the above. I used to get constant reflux symptoms but now rarely get these. I still eat a varied diet just control the food groups and meal sizes a bit better than i did before. I am mild moderate so this may be a factor in terms of still being to move around more which I think also helps stimulate gut motility etc.
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Its possible that the supplementation with folate and B12 alone reduced high histamine and stopped diarrhea that way? Its equally possible that I'm entering a different phase I am worse off cognitively and OI wise than I was a year ago? There seems to be little but theories to go on. I hope you find something that improves your symptoms and hope this hasn't been too preachy I don't really know how it worked but I'm sticking to my regime like some sort of voodoo just in case it has had an effect.
Edited to remove beta blockers