Metabolomic analysis of fibrotic mice combined with public RNA-Seq human lung data reveal potential diagnostic biomarker candidates for lung fibrosis

Yosui Nojima, Yoshito Takeda, Yohei Maeda, Takeshi Bamba, Eiichiro Fukusaki, Mari N. Itoh, Kenji Mizuguchi, Atsushi Kumanogoh

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Abstract

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a severe lung disease with poor survival that warrants early and precise diagnosis for timely therapeutic intervention. Despite accumulating genomic, transcriptomic, proteomic, and lipidomic data on IPF, evidence from water-soluble metabolomics is limited. To identify biomarkers for IPF from water-soluble metabolomic data, we measured the levels of various metabolites in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) and serum samples from a bleomycin-induced murine pulmonary fibrotic model using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry. Thirty-two of 73 BALF metabolites and 29 of 74 serum metabolites were annotated. We observed that the levels of proline and methionine were higher in BALF but lower in serum than those in the control. Furthermore, analysis of public RNA-Seq data from the lungs of patients with IPF revealed that proline- and methionine-related genes were significantly upregulated compared to those in the lungs of healthy controls. These results suggest that proline and methionine may be potential biomarkers for IPF and may help to deepen our understanding of the pathophysiology of the disease. Based on our results, we propose a model capable of recapitulating the proline and methionine metabolism of fibrotic lungs, thereby providing better means for studying the disease and developing novel therapeutic strategies for IPF.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2427-2436
Number of pages10
JournalFEBS Open Bio
Volume10
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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