Role of Polyamines in Immune Cell Functions
AbstractThe immune system is remarkably responsive to a myriad of invading microorganisms and provides continuous surveillance against tissue damage and developing tumor cells. To achieve these diverse functions, multiple soluble and cellular components must react in an orchestrated cascade of events to control the specificity, magnitude and persistence of the immune response. Numerous catabolic and anabolic processes are involved in this process, and prominent roles for l-arginine and l-glutamine catabolism have been described, as these amino acids serve as precursors of nitric oxide, creatine, agmatine, tricarboxylic acid cycle intermediates, nucleotides and other amino acids, as well as for ornithine, which is used to synthesize putrescine and the polyamines spermidine and spermine. Polyamines have several purported roles and high levels of polyamines are manifest in tumor cells as well in autoreactive B- and T-cells in autoimmune diseases. In the tumor microenvironment, l-arginine catabolism by both tumor cells and suppressive myeloid cells is known to dampen cytotoxic T-cell functions suggesting there might be links between polyamines and T-cell suppression. Here, we review studies suggesting roles of polyamines in normal immune cell function and highlight their connections to autoimmunity and anti-tumor immune cell function. View Full-Text
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Hesterberg, R.S.; Cleveland, J.L.; Epling-Burnette, P.K. Role of Polyamines in Immune Cell Functions. Med. Sci. 2018, 6, 22.
Hesterberg RS, Cleveland JL, Epling-Burnette PK. Role of Polyamines in Immune Cell Functions. Medical Sciences. 2018; 6(1):22.Chicago/Turabian Style
Hesterberg, Rebecca S.; Cleveland, John L.; Epling-Burnette, Pearlie K. 2018. "Role of Polyamines in Immune Cell Functions." Med. Sci. 6, no. 1: 22.
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