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Purine nucleotide depletion prompts cell migration by stimulating the serine synthesis pathway

Cell tradition

PKM2 knockout mouse embryonic fibroblasts MEFs and their matched wild-type counterparts have been obtained from the laboratory of Dr. Matthew Vander Heiden (Massachusetts Institute of Know-how, Cambridge, MA34. Customary most cancers cell traces (A375, SK-MEL-28, LNCaP, CAL-51, A549, B16, and HeLa), Aprt−/− Hprt−/− A9 mouse fibroblasts (CCL-1.4) and their parental cell line (CCL-1) have been from ATCC. All cell traces have been maintained in DMEM (Corning/Cellgro, 10-017-CV) containing 10% fetal bovine serum (FBS) at 37 °C and 5% CO2. Therapies with purine and pyrimidine inhibitors have been carried out within the presence of 10% dialyzed FBS (Sigma, F0392) to keep away from the presence of nucleosides and nucleobases. Cells have been handled with MTX, LTX, leflunomide, 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), 6-MP, mizoribine, TEPP-46, BI-4984, NCT-503, and SHIN1 as indicated within the determine legends. Exogenous adenine and inosine have been added at 50 µM concentrations for 1 h until in any other case indicated.

Mouse research

Measurement of 3-phosphoserine in vivo

All mice have been fed a chow food regimen (Envigo, Cat # 2916) advert libitum and maintained in a pathogen-free atmosphere with a 12:12 gentle/darkish cycle. The temperature within the animal facility is stored at 72 F, with a spread from 68 to 79 F, and humidity is stored at 33%, with a spread between 30 and 70%. Six-week-old feminine BALB/cJ (Jackson Laboratory) (5 mice) have been injected intraperitoneally with methotrexate (MTX, 40 mg/kg) or car (0.9% saline) each day for five days (Fig. 2f). Mice have been then sacrificed, and liver and spleen have been collected and frozen instantly in liquid nitrogen. Metabolites have been extracted in 80% methanol, and particulars are offered within the metabolite profiling part. All animal procedures required for this research have been accepted by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) at Northwestern College and have been carried out in accordance with related pointers and rules (Protocol no: IS00013905).

Xenograft experiments

All animal procedures have been carried out in accordance with moral rules and pointers permitted by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (AICUC) at College of Texas Southwestern Medical Middle (Protocol no: 2020–102880). A375 cells (50,000 cells) have been injected into the tail vein of feminine athymic nude mice (8-week-old). 5 days publish injections, mice have been handled both with car (PBS) or low dose methotrexate (MTX; 20 mg/kg) thrice per week through the intraperitoneal (IP) route. TEPP-46 (50 mg/kg) was offered each day via oral gavage. After ten weeks of remedy mice have been euthanized. Lung tissue was collected for metabolomics and immunohistochemistry.

B16-F10 melanoma cells (100,000 cells) have been injected subcutaneously in feminine athymic nude mice (8 weeks previous). As soon as the tumors grew to become palpable, mice have been then handled with both car (PBS), or MTX (20 mg/kg, IP, thrice per week for 3 weeks. Tumor development charges have been monitored weekly with a caliper, and mice have been euthanized as soon as the primary noticed tumor reached a diameter of ~2 cm. Our permitted animal protocol permits a most tumor measurement of two.5 cm in diameter for melanoma metastasis research. The utmost tumor measurement/burden was not exceeded. After euthanasia, axillary lymph nodes, lungs, and blood have been collected for metabolite extraction and immunohistochemistry. The experimental design and setup have been adopted from earlier research35,36.

RNAi, cDNA constructs, and CRISPR/Cas9

All siRNAs have been obtained from Dharmacon (ON-TARGETplus SMARTpool). siRNA-mediated knockdowns have been carried out in response to the producers’ directions. Cells plated in six-well plates have been transfected with 20 nM ON-TARGETplus siRNA swimming pools (Dharmacon) utilizing Lipofectamine RNAiMAX (ThermoFisher Scientific, 13778). cDNAs of PHGDH (Cat #: MR224471), PSAT1 (Cat #: MR205716), and PSPH (Cat #: MR202626) expressing a C-terminal FLAG tag have been obtained from Origene.

CRISPR/Cas9 knockout of human PHGDH, PSAT1, and GART sgRNA have been generated in A375 or HeLa cells. sgRNA sequences for these genes have been designed utilizing CRISPOR (http://crispor.tefor.web) and cloned right into a GFP-Cas9 expressing vector (PX458, Addgene, #48138). Cells have been transfected with CRISPR/Cas9 sgRNA expressing plasmids, and the GFP-positive cells have been single-cell sorted into 96-well plates through circulate cytometry with BD FACS Aria Fusion. PHGDH and PSAT1 cells have been grown in DMEM containing serine (400 µM), whereas GART cells have been grown in DMEM supplemented with inosine (100 µM). Colonies have been screened for the knockout by western blotting utilizing respective antibodies. The next sequences have been used:











mRNA expression evaluation

RNA extraction was carried out utilizing a RNeasy Plus Mini Package (QIAGEN, 74136). RNA (1 µg) was subjected to reverse transcription with EcoDry Premix (Takara, 639545). The cDNA was diluted to 1:5 ratio with nuclease-free water and amplified utilizing Bio-Rad S soAdvanced Common SYBR Inexperienced Supermix (Bio-Rad, 1725274) and CFX384 Contact Actual-Time PCR Detection System (Bio-Rad). The E-cadherin and N-cadherin knowledge have been normalized with the management gene (RPLP0). The quantitative PCR knowledge have been analyzed with a Bio-Rad CFX Supervisor model 3.1.1517.0823. Primer sequences for human genes are as under:

Primer sequences:









Cell lysis, immunoblotting, and antibodies

Cell lysis was carried out with 1% Triton lysis buffer as beforehand37. Cell lysates have been clarified by centrifugation (20,000 × g for 15 min at 4 °C), and protein concentrations have been measured with Bradford assay (Biorad, 500-0006). Samples (20–30 µg of protein lysate/pattern) have been subjected to SDS-PAGE adopted by immunoblotting utilizing the indicated antibodies main antibodies: GART (Proteintech, 13659-1-AP, 1:1000), S6 Kinase (CST, 2708, Lot:8, 1:1000), p-S6 Kinase -T389 (CST, 9234, Lot:12, 1:1000), PKM1 (Sigma, SAB4200094, Lot:117M4754V, 1:1000), PKM2 (Cell Signaling, 4053 S, Lot:6, 1:1000), PHGDH (Proteintech, 14719-1-AP, 1:1000), PSAT1 (Proteintech, 10501-1-AP, 1:1000) DHODH (Proteintech, 14877-1-AP, 1:1000), APRT (Abcam, ab196558, 1:1000), HPRT1 (Santa Cruz, sc-393901, 1:1000), MTHFD1L (Proteintech, 16113-1-AP, 1:1000), β-actin (Sigma, A5316, Lot: 059M4770V, 1:5000), and HRP-conjugated anti-mouse (CST, 7076, 1:5000) and anti-rabbit (CST, 7074, 1:5000) secondary antibodies have been used.


Lymph nodes and lungs have been mounted in 4% paraformaldehyde (PFA) and 10 µm paraffin sections have been positioned onto Thermo Superfrost slides (Thermo Fisher Scientific, USA). Paraffin processing, embedding, sectioning, and hematoxylin and eosin staining (H&E) have been carried out by the Histo Pathology Core, UTSW. The H&E part slides have been imaged by utilizing an automated NanoZoomer 2.0-HT (HAMAMATSU, Japan) slide scanner with ×20 mode (0.46 µm/pixel) in our UTSW Complete Mind Microscopy Facility (RRID:SCR_017949). The lung and lymph nodes metastasis from B16 melanoma most cancers have been quantified by immunofluorescence staining of S100 (S100 antibody, Dako Omnis, Agilent), utilizing a 20× slide scanner Zeiss Axioscan.Z1 (Carl Zeiss, Germany) on the UTSW Complete Mind Microscopy Facility. Melanoma S100 optimistic cell numbers have been quantified by utilizing ImageJ software program model Java 1.8.0_172 (Nationwide Institutes of Well being). A375 lung metastasis was counted from H&E photos, utilizing NDP.view 2 software program (U12388-0).

Immunofluorescence microscopy

Immunofluorescence evaluation was carried out as beforehand38. Briefly, A375 cells have been handled as indicated within the figures and stuck with 4% PFA (Santa Cruz Biotechnology, USA, sc-281692). The actin filaments have been stained with Alexa Fluor® 488 Phalloidin (8878 S, Cell signalling expertise) for 15 minutes, in response to the producers’ directions, and nuclei have been stained with Hoechst (Sigma-Merck, Germany, 62249). Photographs have been taken with Zeiss LSM 780 Laser Scanning Microscope (Carl Zeiss, Germany) with 63×/1.4 Plan-Apochromat Goal and cell size was analyzed by utilizing ImageJ software program model Java 1.8.0_172 (Nationwide Institutes of Well being).

Different reagents

Methotrexate hydrate (Sigma, A6770-100MG, Lot:BCCD4454), TEPP-46 (MCE, HY#18657, Lot:24615), Lometrexol hydrate (Sigma, SML0040), Adenine hemisulfate salt (Sigma, A2545 Lot:WXBC5060V), BI-4924 (MCE, HY-126254/CS-0101055, Lot:818685), NCT-503 (Selleckchem, S8619, Lot:S861901), PKUMDL-WQ 2101 (Tocris, 6580), Sodium formate (Sigma, 247596), ADP (Sigma, A5285, Lot:SLBZ1414), ATP (Sigma, A2383, Lot# SLBZ3783), DMSO (Sigma, D2650, Lot: RNBJ7906), crystal violet (Sigma, 6158), protease inhibitor cocktail (Sigma, P8340), 13C6-glucose (Sigma, 389374), inosine (Sigma, I4125), serine (S4311), glycine (Sigma, G7126), dialyzed FBS (Sigma, F0392), FBS (R&D Techniques, S11150), DMEM (Corning/Cellgro, 10-017-CV), glucose-free DMEM (Thermo Fisher Scientific, 11966025), (Polysciences, 24765-1), serine/glycine-free DMEM (Cat #: USBiological, D9802-01), BCA package (Thermo Fisher Scientific, 23225), and Bradford assay reagent (Bio-Rad) have been used as indicated.

Metabolite profiling

Metabolite extraction was carried out as described beforehand39,40. Briefly, metabolites have been extracted in 80% methanol (−80 °C) from practically confluent cells grown in 10 cm dishes or six-well plates. Cells have been scraped in 80% methanol and subjected to centrifugation (6000 × g, 5 min) at 4 °C to isolate the soluble metabolites within the supernatant. The insoluble pellet was subjected to a subsequent extraction with 80% methanol and centrifugation at 21,000 × g for five min at 4 °C. The supernatants from these extractions have been pooled and dried down utilizing an N-EVAP (Organomation Associates, Inc) or in a SpeedVac. Samples have been resuspended in 80% acetonitrile previous to working them on an AB QTRAP 5500 (Utilized Biosystems SCIEX), as beforehand24, or resuspended in water and run on a Q-Exactive mass spectrometer (Thermo Fisher) coupled to a Prominence UPLC system (Shimadzu) with Amide XBridge HILIC chromatography (Waters)27. Peak areas from the entire ion present for every metabolite SRM transition have been built-in utilizing MultiQuant v2.0 software program (AB/SCIEX) for samples run on the AB QTRAP 5500. Peak areas for samples run on a Q-Exactive have been built-in with TraceFinder 5.1 (ThermoScientific). Heatmaps have been offered utilizing MetaboAnalyst5.0 ( Instrumental parameters and software program evaluation have been set as described beforehand8,39. For focused 13C6-Glucose isotopic tracing experiments, cells have been seeded in organic triplicate or quadruplicates and incubated with 10mM-13C6-Glucose (CIL, CLM-1396-1) in 10% dialyzed serum in DMEM missing glucose (Thermo Scientific, 11966025) for the final 1–3 h or as indicated within the determine legends.

Lung tissue and blood metabolomics

Ten milligrams of lung tissue have been transferred to 2 ml screw-capped Eppendorf tubes containing 1 ml 80% methanol (pre-chilled in −80 °C freezer for no less than 20 min) and lysed with Benchmark Bead-Blaster (velocity: 3640 m/s, linear velocity: 7 m/s, set time: 30 sec, cycles: 3, interrupt time: 10 s, temperature: 4 °C). Tubes have been incubated in a −80 °C freezer for 15 min and centrifuged for five min at 6000 × g at 4 °C. Supernatants have been transferred to a brand new vial, whereas the pellet was resuspended with one other 500 μl of 80% methanol (second extraction) and centrifuged for five min at 20,000 × g. Each extractions have been collected and subjected to a different 15 min spin at 20,000 × g previous to drying in a SpeedVac. For blood samples, 50 μl of blood was extracted twice with 500 μl of 80% methanol. The supernatants have been then dried down in a SpeedVac. The supernatants have been resuspended in 80% acetonitrile and run on AB QTRAP 5500 (Utilized Biosystems SCIEX). The height areas have been normalized with the protein abundance measured with a BCA assay.

ADP/ATP focus measurements by LC/MS

Cells have been cultured in DMEM containing 10% FBS in six-well plates in quadruplicates. Twenty-four hours post-plating, cells have been handled with 2 µM MTX for 8 h. Metabolites have been extracted in 200 µl of 80% acetonitrile resolution (4 °C). Samples have been incubated at −80 °C freezer for 15 minutes, transferred into eppendorf tubes, and centrifuged at 15,000 × g for five min at 4 °C. The supernatants, alongside ADP and ATP requirements (vary: 10–1600 ng/ml) have been run instantly on AB QTRAP 5500 (Utilized Biosystems SCIEX)38. Intracellular ADP and ATP concentrations have been quantified towards the usual curve. The variety of cells was decided by Trypan Blue. If the cell quantity of a single HeLa cell (VolHeLa1c) is ~2500 µm3 (2.5 × 10−12 L)28, the quantity complete from which adenylate was extracted can then be calculated as:

$${{{mathrm{Vol}}}}_{{{mathrm{cell}}}},{{{{{{mathrm{complete}}}}}}}={{{mathrm{Vol}}}}_{{{{mathrm{HeLa}}}}1c}* {{{{{{mathrm{Cell}}}}}}},{{{{{{mathrm{quantity}}}}}}}$$

The intracellular focus of adenylate can then be calculated as:


the place [AXP]i is the intracellular focus of ATP or ADP, QAXP is the amount in mol of ADP or ATP measured within the response, and Volcell complete is the quantity complete of cells from which adenylates have been extracted.

Extracellular acidification charge (ECAR) and oxygen consumption charge (OCR)

Seahorse XFe96 Analyzer (Seahorse BioScience) was used to evaluate extracellular acidification charge (ECAR) and oxygen consumption charge (OCR) in cultured cells. HeLa cells have been cultured in DMEM supplemented with 10% dialyzed FBS in Seahorse XF96 cell tradition microplates (Agilent, V3-PS). The next day, cells have been both handled with DMSO, MTX (2 µM), or LTX (2 µM) for 15 h. Previous to OCR measurement, cells have been rinsed twice with Seahorse XF media (Agilent # 103575-100, supplemented with 2 mM L-glutamine, 1 mM pyruvate, and 10 mM glucose, pH = 7.4), and incubated for 60 min at 37 °C in a CO2-free incubator. Oligomycin and FCCP have been injected for a ultimate focus of two and 1 µM, respectively. Equally, for ECAR measurement, cells have been rinsed with XF media supplemented with 2 mM glutamine however no glucose. The plates have been incubated at 37 °C in a CO2-free incubator for 60 min. Oligomycin and FCCP have been injected for a ultimate focus of two µM, and 1 µM, respectively. The assay program was arrange in Wave software program (Agilent Applied sciences, Model 2.6.1 for Home windows), programed for 4 cycles of two min mixing adopted by 3 min measurements. For normalization, cells have been stained with Crystal violet resolution (Sigma, C6158).

PHGDH enzymatic assay

The PHGDH exercise assays have been tailored from a earlier research41. The FLAG-tagged PHGDH, PSAT1, and PSPH have been purified individually from HEK293E cells37. Briefly, HEK293E cells have been transfected with plasmids expressing PHGDH, PSAT1, and PSPH utilizing the PEI transfection methodology. Forty-eight hours post-transfection, cells have been lysed in 1% Triton lysis buffer. FLAG-tagged proteins have been incubated with anti-FLAG M2 Affinity agarose gel for 4 hours. The agarose beads have been washed 5 instances with lysis buffer, as soon as with equilibration buffer (10 mM HEPES, 50 mM NaCl, protease inhibitors) previous to elution with 3xFLAG peptide containing resolution (0.2 mg/ml 3xFLAG peptide, 10 mM HEPES, 50 mM NaCl, protease inhibitors). The eluate was handed via 0.45 μm Costar® Spin-X® tube filters, and the purified proteins have been subjected to Coomassie staining to find out the purity and the protein quantity. 0.5 µg of the purified PHGDH, PSAT1, and PSPH have been incubated with the assay buffer (50 mM Tris pH 8.0, 10 mM MgCl2, 0.05% BSA, 0.01% Tween-20, 1.25 mM glutamate, 0.3 mM NAD+ and 3-Phosphoglycerate (0.1 mM)) in a 100 µl response within the presence or absence of 1 mM of the indicated nucleotides. Measurements of fluorescence (excitation at 340 nm and emission at 460 nm) have been made each 2 minutes at 25 °C with a Perkin-Elmer Enspire Multimode plate reader. The info proven are consultant of three impartial experiments.

Cell viability and cell proliferation assays

A375 (110,000 cells/nicely) and Hela (80,000 cells/nicely) cells have been plated in triplicates in 12-well plates. Twelve hours post-plating, cells have been handled with MTX, PHGDH inhibitors, and PKM2 activator as indicated within the determine legends. Twenty-four or forty-eight hours later, viable cell counts have been measured utilizing Trypan Blue with a LUNA-II™ Automated Cell Counter. Counts have been normalized to car management (DMSO), and knowledge are offered as relative cell viability.

Cell proliferation was decided with a BrdU Cell Proliferation Assay Package (CST, 6813) following the producer’s directions. Briefly, A375 cells plated in 96-well plates (10,000 cells/nicely) have been handled with numerous concentrations of MTX for twenty-four h and labeled with BrdU for the final 4 h. Absorbance at 450 was measured with SpectraMax iD3 Multimode Plate Detection Platform (Molecular Gadgets, LLC).

Wound-healing assay

The wound-healing (hole closure assay) was tailored from a earlier research42. Briefly, A375, Cal51, B16, SK-MEL-28, and HeLa cells have been seeded in clear-bottom 96-well plates (Corning, 3595) at 3 × 104 cells/nicely in 10% DMEM. Confluent cells grown in a monolayer have been subjected to in a single day (12 h) serum hunger to arrest cell proliferation. For the serine supplementation experiments, cells have been serum-starved in serine/glycine-free media (Cat #: USBiological, D9802-01). The scratches have been created by a sterile p20 tip, and wells have been washed with PBS to take away any indifferent cells within the opened hole. 2 hundred microliters of acceptable media was added in 10% FBS containing DMEM. Supplementation with serine was carried out in serine/glycine-free media. Photographs have been taken at 0 h and 24 h time level with Celigo picture cytometer-4 Channel with software program 5.1.0 (Nexcelom Bioscience). The hole size was analyzed with ImageJ software program model Java 1.8.0_172 (Nationwide Institutes of Well being), and the info is represented as distance migrated in µM [Gap length at 0 h (minus) gap length at 24 h].

Transwell (Boyden Chamber) assay

Hela (400, 000 cells/nicely) and A375 (600, 000 cells/nicely) have been seeded in six-well plates in DMEM containing 10% FBS. Twenty-four hours post-plating, cells at ~70% confluency have been subjected to serum hunger (16 h) with DMEM containing 0.1% BSA within the presence or absence of MTX or different compounds as indicated. Subsequent, cells have been trypsinized, counted, and resuspended in DMEM containing 0.1% BSA and handled with brokers as indicated within the determine legends. 2 hundred microliters of cell suspension containing 50,000–120,000 cells have been transferred to the Boyden chamber (higher chamber) (CELLTREAT, 230639), whereas the wells of the 24-well plates (under the chambers) have been crammed with 500 µl of 10% FBS. Sixteen hours later, the bottoms of the Boyden chambers have been washed with PBS. Utilizing a cotton swab (Q-tips) dipped in PBS, the cells on the highest of the Boyden chambers have been gently eliminated, and the migrated cells on the backside of the chamber have been mounted for 15 min in 4% PFA previous to staining with 0.1% Crystal violet resolution (0.1% crystal in 10% ethanol) for 20 min. The Boyden chambers have been washed 3× with PBS, and the higher chamber was cleaned with the Q tip once more. Boyden chambers have been allowed to dry at room temperature for a few hours, and the membrane was reduce and imaged with Primovert ZEISS microscope with a ×10 goal. All photos have been recorded with ZEN 3.1 (Blue ed) software program and analyzed with ImageJ.

Preparation of the TP53 information RNA viral particles

HEK293T cells have been plated at 6 million cells in a ten cm dish and transfected the next day utilizing 10 µg of lentiviral switch plasmid, 8 µg of psPAX2 (Addgene #12260), 4 µg of pMD2.G (Addgene #12259), and 44 µg of polyethylenimine (PEI) (Polysciences #23966-1) at a 2:1 ratio of PEI to DNA. Previous to transfection, TP53 information DNA and PEI have been every individually blended with 250 µL of 300 mM NaCl, vortexed, mixed, after which incubated for 20 min. Transfection complexes have been added dropwise to plates and cells have been incubated in a single day at 37 °C. The next day, the transfection medium was changed with a contemporary medium, and tradition supernatant was collected at 48 and 72 h after transfection. The supernatant was centrifuged at 200 × g for five min, filtered via a 0.45 µm polyethersulfone (PES) membrane, after which mixed with polyethylene glycol (PEG) concentrator resolution (40% PEG 8000, 1.2 M NaCl, PBS) at a ratio of three:1 supernatant to PEG concentrator resolution. The supernatant was then incubated in a single day at 4 °C to precipitate viral particles and centrifuged at 1500 × g for 45 min. Viral pellets have been resuspended in 1 mL of Dulbecco’s phosphate-buffered saline (ThermoFisher #14190250) and saved at −80 °C.

Statistical evaluation and software program

Heatmaps have been generated with MetaboAnalyst 5.0 ( Statistical evaluation was carried out utilizing Microsoft Excel 365™ and GraphPad Prism 8.4.3 software program. For pairwise comparisons, two-tailed Scholar’s t-tests have been used, and for a number of comparisons, one-way ANOVA take a look at with Tukey’s post-hoc take a look at. All error bars characterize customary deviation (S.D.). All experimental knowledge are consultant of no less than two impartial experiments. Two biologically complementary in vivo metastasis experiments have been carried out. Photographs of mice for Fig. 2f have been obtained from Servier Medical Artwork ( beneath a Artistic Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License( The mice within the photos in Figs. 6a, 6h have been obtained from Biorender ( The picture in Fig. 4a was assembled in Powerpoint, Microsoft 365®.

Reporting abstract

Additional info on analysis design is obtainable within the Nature Analysis Reporting Abstract linked to this text.


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