Disrupted branched-chain amino acid catabolism impair cardiac insulin signaling and is associated with adverse cardiometabolic outcomes. BISWAS D, PULINILKUNNIL T. J Mol Cell Cardiol . 2020 Dec 27;153:93-94. doi: 10.1016/j.yjmcc.2020.12.011.

Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), leucine (Leu), isoleucine (Ile) and valine (Val), account for ~20% of dietary protein intake . BCAAs are reversibly transaminated to their corresponding branched-chain keto acids (BCKAs) by branched-chain aminotransferase (BCAT). BCKAs are oxidatively decarboxylated by branched-chain ketoacid dehydrogenase (BCKDH). BCKDH activity is inhibited by branched-chain ketoacid dehydrogenase kinase (BCKDK) mediated inhibitory phosphorylation or activated by protein phosphatase 2C (PP2Cm) induced dephosphorylation Read here

Hemodynamic Assessment and in vivo Catabolism of Adenosine 5′- Triphosphate in Doxorubicin or Isoproterenol-induced Cardiovascular Toxicity. Yeung PK, Mohammadizadeh S , Akhoundi F , Mann K , Agu RU , Pulinilkunnil T. Drug Metab Lett . 2020 Oct 21; doi: 10.2174/1872312814666201022103802. Online ahead of print.

Purpose: Previous studies have shown catabolism of adenosine 5′-triphosphate (ATP) in systemic blood is a potential surrogate biomarker for cardiovascular toxicity. We compared the acute toxicity of high doses of doxorubicin (DOX) and isoproterenol (ISO) on hemodynamics and ATP catabolism in systemic circulation.

Methods: Sprague Dawley (SD) rats (n = 8 – 11) were each given either a single dose of 30 mg/kg ISO, or twice-daily dose of 10 mg/kg of DOX or normal saline (control) for 4 doses by subcutaneous injection. Blood samples were collected up to 6 hours for measuring concentrations of ATP and its catabolites. Hemodynamics was recorded continuously. Difference was considered significant at p < 0.05 (ANOVA).

Results and discussion: Mortality was 1/8, 5/11 and 0/11 for the DOX, ISO and control groups, respectively. Systolic blood pressure was significantly lower in the DOX and ISO treated rats than in the control measured at the last recorded time (76 ± 9 for DOX vs 42 ± 8 for ISO vs 103 ± 5 mmHg for Control, p < 0.05 for all). Blood pressure fell gradually after the final injection for both DOX and control groups, but abruptly after ISO followed by a rebound and then gradual decline till the end of the experiment. Heart rate was significantly higher after ISO, but no difference between the DOX and control rats (p > 0.05). RBC concentrations of ADP and AMP, and plasma concentrations of adenosine and uric acid were significantly higher in the ISO group. In contrast, hypoxanthine concentrations were significantly higher in the DOX treated group (p < 0.05).

Conclusion: Acute cardiovascular toxicity induced by DOX and ISO may be measured by changes in hemodynamics and breakdown of ATP and adenosine in the systemic circulation, albeit a notable qualitative and quantitative difference was observed. Read here