Reductive Carboxylation of Glutamine as a Potential Target in AML

“Identification and validation of novel and targetable metabolic weaknesses in AML is ongoing.”

BUFFALO, NY- January 16, 2024 – A new editorial paper was published in Oncotarget’s Volume 14 on December 1, 2023, entitled, “Reductive carboxylation of glutamine as a potential target in acute myeloid leukemia.”

In this new editorial, researchers Alessia Roma, Lawrence D. Goodridge and Paul A. Spagnuolo from the University of Guelph discuss acute myeloid leukemia (AML) — an aggressive cancer of the blood and bone marrow defined by poor patient outcomes and sub-optimal therapeutics. 

Recent advancements in our understanding of AML biology bring optimism to improving patient outcomes for this devastating disease. For example, the discovery and validation of metabolic vulnerabilities that are distinct to AML open new strategies for novel drug development. In fact, since 2017, a third of newly approved AML therapeutics have targeted metabolic abnormalities. Thus, further identification and elucidation of metabolic vulnerabilities in AML could lead to novel therapies aimed at improving patient outcomes. 

“One approach is to weaken tumor cell survival mechanisms. In this regard, exploring reductive carboxylation as a possible drug target could provide new avenues for optimizing existing treatments aimed at improving AML patient outcomes.”

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Correspondence to: Paul A. Spagnuolo


Keywords: acute myeloid leukemia, reductive carboxylation, metabolism, mitochondria, complex II

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