EFFETTO WARBURG @dottssaEPolicicchio; 2. NORMAL CELL Glucose GLUT4 glycolysis Pyruvate Lactate Mitochondria O2 TCA cycle. Quando una cellula cancerosa cambia il suo metabolismo dal metabolismo normale a glicolisi aerobica, si chiama effetto Warburg, dallo scienziato e premio . presenza di ossigeno, denominato “Effetto Warburg”. Poco si conosce riguardo al metabolismo delle cellule staminali tumorali, e soprattutto non è noto se.

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In the s, Otto Warburg and colleagues made the observation that tumors were taking up enormous amounts of glucose compared to what was seen in the surrounding tissue. The attractiveness of this proposal in part comes from its ability to provide a simple explanation for the apparent correlation between aerobic glycolysis and cell growth and proliferation.

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Per unit of glucose, aerobic glycolysis is an inefficient means of generating ATP compared to the amount obtained by mitochondrial respiration [ 1718 ]. In fact, tumor microenvironments have limited availability of glucose and undergo competition for nutrients with stromal cells and the immune compartment [ 2223 ].

Metabolic flux and the regulation of mammalian cell growth. Warburgg this idea, glycolytic metabolism has been found to impact chromatin structure [ 58 ].

Concluding remarks Extensive warbur on the Warburg Effect and its functions in cancer cells have advanced our understanding of its causes and requirements for tumor cell proliferation [ 2952 ]. Each of the proposed functions of the Warburg Effect are attractive, but also raise unanswered questions. A key role for mitochondrial gatekeeper pyruvate dehydrogenase in oncogene-induced effwtto. Support Center Support Center.

The Warburg Effect: How Does it Benefit Cancer Cells?

Shlomi T, et al. Racker developed his own theories about the origins of the Warburg Effect ranging from imbalances in intracellular pH to defects in ATPase activity [ 6 ].


It is likely that the Warburg Effect provides an overall benefit that supports a tumor microenvironment conducive to cancer cell proliferation. Oncogene ablation-resistant pancreatic cancer cells depend on mitochondrial function. This process may also affect the homeostasis of ROS generation by affecting the concentration of reducing equivalents in the mitochondria Figure 2Key Figure [ 1852 ]. It has been established that acetyl-CoA, the substrate for histone acetylation can be regulated by glucose flux [ 59 ].

Hexokinase 2 is required for tumor initiation and maintenance and its systemic deletion is therapeutic in mouse models of cancer. We and others have proposed that the Warburg Effect confers direct signaling functions to tumor cells [ 183947 – 49 ]. For example, rapid ATP synthesis from creatine kinases in exercised muscle or adenylate kinase under hormonal changes are present in most tumor cells and should be able to meet ATP demand.

Despite this attractive proposal, there are difficulties. ROS reactive oxygen species. Please note that during the production process errors may be discovered which could affect the content, and all legal disclaimers that apply to the journal pertain. How can experimental systems be devised that can conclusively test the proposals for the function of the Warburg Effect?

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In these scenarios, the inefficient way of making Wqrburg occurs as a cost of maintaining high fluxes through anabolic pathways. Furthermore, the mechanisms that are available to other cell types in cases of rapid ATP demand are present in tumor cells as well. The Journal of Cancer Research. Thus, a reasonable hypothesis on the reason that cancer employs aerobic glycolysis should account for this inherent difference in kinetics.


NADPH reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate. Altogether, these data suggest that non cell-intrinsic functions of the Warburg Effect are insufficient to entirely explain its functions. NADH is a key reducing equivalent in glycolysis and the mitochondria.

These multiple lines of evidence point to glycolysis having cell signaling functions.

The Warburg Effect: How Does it Benefit Cancer Cells?

The Warburg Effect is defined as an increase in the rate of glucose uptake and preferential production of lactate, even in the presence of oxygen. Vazquez A, et al. In fact, the amount of ATP synthesized over any given period of time is comparable when either form of glucose metabolism is utilized [ 19 ]. Elevated levels of acetyl-CoA may be enough to drive cells into growth phase via histone acetylation [ 56 ].

Genetic models that could test these hypotheses are difficult to conceive, and other experiments lack the ability to test whether specific cellular outcomes occur through such signaling mechanisms and not through indirect means. Chang C-H, et al. Coming back to the original findings on tumor metabolism, it is now apparent that targeting both aerobic glycolysis and mitochondrial metabolism may be required [ 13 – 16 ]. Posttranscriptional control of T cell effector function by aerobic glycolysis.

Furthermore, others have proposed that aerobic glycolysis is a tradeoff to support biosynthesis [ 3435 ]. In this scenario, the increased glucose consumption is used as a carbon source for anabolic processes needed to support cell proliferation [ 1726 – 32 ]. Does resolution of any given function of the Warburg Effect have immediate therapeutic consequences?