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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2015, 16(4), 8490-8504; doi:10.3390/ijms16048490

1H NMR-Based Metabolic Profiling Reveals the Effects of Fluoxetine on Lipid and Amino Acid Metabolism in Astrocytes

Department of Neurology, Yongchuan Hospital, Chongqing Medical University, Chongqing 402460, China
Chongqing Key Laboratory of Neurobiology, Chongqing 400016, China
Institute of Neuroscience and the Collaborative Innovation Center for Brain Science, Chongqing Medical University, Chongqing 400016, China
Key Laboratory of Laboratory Medical Diagnostics of Education, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Chongqing Medical University, Chongqing 400016, China
Department of Neurology, Xinqiao Hospital, Third Military Medical University, Chongqing 400016, China
Department of Neurology, the First Affiliated Hospital of Chongqing Medical University, Chongqing 400016, China
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Bing Yan
Received: 3 February 2015 / Revised: 2 April 2015 / Accepted: 8 April 2015 / Published: 15 April 2015
(This article belongs to the Section Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology)
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Fluoxetine, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), is a prescribed and effective antidepressant and generally used for the treatment of depression. Previous studies have revealed that the antidepressant mechanism of fluoxetine was related to astrocytes. However, the therapeutic mechanism underlying its mode of action in astrocytes remains largely unclear. In this study, primary astrocytes were exposed to 10 µM fluoxetine; 24 h post-treatment, a high-resolution proton nuclear magnetic resonance (1H NMR)-based metabolomic approach coupled with multivariate statistical analysis was used to characterize the metabolic variations of intracellular metabolites. The orthogonal partial least-squares discriminant analysis (OPLS-DA) score plots of the spectra demonstrated that the fluoxetine-treated astrocytes were significantly distinguished from the untreated controls. In total, 17 differential metabolites were identified to discriminate the two groups. These key metabolites were mainly involved in lipids, lipid metabolism-related molecules and amino acids. This is the first study to indicate that fluoxetine may exert antidepressant action by regulating the astrocyte’s lipid and amino acid metabolism. These findings should aid our understanding of the biological mechanisms underlying fluoxetine therapy. View Full-Text
Keywords: fluoxetine; SSRI; astrocytes; depression; metabolomics; 1H NMR fluoxetine; SSRI; astrocytes; depression; metabolomics; 1H NMR

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Bai, S.; Zhou, C.; Cheng, P.; Fu, Y.; Fang, L.; Huang, W.; Yu, J.; Shao, W.; Wang, X.; Liu, M.; Zhou, J.; Xie, P. 1H NMR-Based Metabolic Profiling Reveals the Effects of Fluoxetine on Lipid and Amino Acid Metabolism in Astrocytes. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2015, 16, 8490-8504.

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