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Methionine metabolism in an animal model of sepsis


Semmler, A; Smulders, Y; Struys, E; Smith, D; Moskau, S; Blom, H; Linnebank, M (2008). Methionine metabolism in an animal model of sepsis. Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, 46(10):1398-1402.

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Background: Sepsis is a disease with high incidence and lethality and is accompanied by profound metabolic disturbances. In mammalian methionine metabolism, S-adenosylmethionine (SAM) is produced, which is important in the synthesis of neurotransmitters and glutathione and as an anti-inflammatory agent. The degradation product and antagonist of SAM is S-adenosylhomocysteine (SAH). In this study, we investigated changes in methionine metabolism in a rodent model of sepsis. Methods: Sepsis was induced in male Wistar rats (n=21) by intraperitoneal injection of bacterial lipopolysaccharide (10 mg/kg). Controls (n=18) received vehicle only. Blood was collected by cardiac puncture 24 h later. Puncture of the suboccipital fossa was performed to collect cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Methionine metabolites were measured using stable isotope dilution tandem mass spectrometry. Plasma total homocysteine and cysteine were measured by HPLC using fluorescence detection. Glutathione was assayed using a modified enzymatic microtiter plate assay. Results: We observed significantly higher plasma levels of SAM (p<0.001) and SAM/SAH ratio (p=0.004) in septic animals. In CSF, there was also a trend for higher levels of SAM in septic animals (p=0.067). Oxidative stress was reflected by an increase in the ratio of oxidized/reduced glutathione in septic animals (p=0.001). Conclusions: Sepsis is associated with an increase in SAM/SAH ratio in plasma and CSF in rodents. This indicates an altered methylation potential during sepsis, which may be relevant for sepsis-associated impairment of transmethylation reactions, circulation and defense against oxidative stress. If verified in humans, such findings could lead to novel strategies for supportive treatment of sepsis, as methionine metabolism can easily be manipulated by dietary strategies.

Abstract

Background: Sepsis is a disease with high incidence and lethality and is accompanied by profound metabolic disturbances. In mammalian methionine metabolism, S-adenosylmethionine (SAM) is produced, which is important in the synthesis of neurotransmitters and glutathione and as an anti-inflammatory agent. The degradation product and antagonist of SAM is S-adenosylhomocysteine (SAH). In this study, we investigated changes in methionine metabolism in a rodent model of sepsis. Methods: Sepsis was induced in male Wistar rats (n=21) by intraperitoneal injection of bacterial lipopolysaccharide (10 mg/kg). Controls (n=18) received vehicle only. Blood was collected by cardiac puncture 24 h later. Puncture of the suboccipital fossa was performed to collect cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Methionine metabolites were measured using stable isotope dilution tandem mass spectrometry. Plasma total homocysteine and cysteine were measured by HPLC using fluorescence detection. Glutathione was assayed using a modified enzymatic microtiter plate assay. Results: We observed significantly higher plasma levels of SAM (p<0.001) and SAM/SAH ratio (p=0.004) in septic animals. In CSF, there was also a trend for higher levels of SAM in septic animals (p=0.067). Oxidative stress was reflected by an increase in the ratio of oxidized/reduced glutathione in septic animals (p=0.001). Conclusions: Sepsis is associated with an increase in SAM/SAH ratio in plasma and CSF in rodents. This indicates an altered methylation potential during sepsis, which may be relevant for sepsis-associated impairment of transmethylation reactions, circulation and defense against oxidative stress. If verified in humans, such findings could lead to novel strategies for supportive treatment of sepsis, as methionine metabolism can easily be manipulated by dietary strategies.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Neurology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2008
Deposited On:21 Nov 2008 09:42
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:34
Publisher:De Gruyter
ISSN:1434-6621
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1515/CCLM.2008.277
PubMed ID:18844494

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