Guanine nucleosides and Jurkat cell death: Roles of ATP depletion and accumulation of deoxyribonucleotides

Thomas D. Batiuk, Carol Schnizlein-Bick, Zoya Plotkin, Pierre Dagher

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Abstract

Guanine nucleosides are toxic to some forms of cancer. This toxicity is pronounced in cancers with upregulated guanine nucleotide synthesis, but the mechanisms are poorly understood. We investigated this toxicity by measuring the effects of guanine nucleosides on nucleotides in Jurkat cells using HPLC. We also measured proliferation and cell death with microscopy and fluorescence-activated cell sorting. Guanosine increased GTP to 600% and reduced ATP to 40% of control. This resulted in cell death with a predominance of necrosis. Deoxyguanosine caused similar increases in GTP but at earlier time points. Cell death was severe with a predominance of apoptosis. Deoxyguanosine but not guanosine increased dGTP to 800% of control. Adenosine inhibited the effects of guanosine, in part by competing for uptake. In stimulated leukocytes, guanosine and deoxyguanosine altered the nucleotide pools in a way qualitatively similar to that observed in Jurkat cells. However, proliferation was enhanced rather than impaired. In conclusion, guanosine and deoxyguanosine are toxic to Jurkat cells through two mechanisms: ATP depletion, causing necrosis, and the accumulation of dGTP, resulting in apoptosis.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Cell Physiology
Volume281
Issue number6 50-6
StatePublished - 2001

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Deoxyribonucleotides
Jurkat Cells
Guanosine
Guanine
Cell death
Nucleosides
Deoxyguanosine
Cell Death
Adenosine Triphosphate
Poisons
Guanosine Triphosphate
Toxicity
Necrosis
Nucleotides
Apoptosis
Guanine Nucleotides
Sorting
Adenosine
Microscopy
Neoplasms

Keywords

  • Adenosine 5′triphosphate
  • Apoptosis
  • Cancer
  • Guanosine 5′-triphosphate
  • Lymphocytes
  • Necrosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)

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Guanine nucleosides and Jurkat cell death : Roles of ATP depletion and accumulation of deoxyribonucleotides. / Batiuk, Thomas D.; Schnizlein-Bick, Carol; Plotkin, Zoya; Dagher, Pierre.

In: American Journal of Physiology - Cell Physiology, Vol. 281, No. 6 50-6, 2001.

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