Effects of Arginine and Its Deprivation on Human Glioblastoma Physiology and Signaling

  • Olena Karatsai
  • Oleh Stasyk
  • Maria Jolanta RedowiczEmail author
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 1202)


The observations that numerous cancers are characterized by impairment in arginine synthesis and that deficit of exogenous arginine specifically affects their growth and viability are the ground for arginine deprivation-based anticancer treatment strategy. This review addresses molecular mechanisms of the human glioblastoma cell response to arginine deprivation. Our earlier studies have shown that arginine deprivation specifically impairs glioblastoma cell motility, adhesion and invasiveness. These changes were evoked by alterations in the actin cytoskeleton organization resulting from a decreased arginylation of β-actin isoform. Moreover, deficit of arginine induces prolonged endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and activation of the unfolded protein response, not leading, however, to a massive apoptosis in glioblastoma cells. Our current research indicates that cell death could be augmented by other compounds such as modulators of ER stress, for example arginine analogue of plant origin, canavanine. Implication of these studies on the development of new anti-glioma metabolic therapeutic modalities are discussed.


Actin cytoskeleton Adhesion Arginine Arginylation Glioblastoma Invasiveness Migration Signaling Therapy 



arginine decarboxylase


arginine deiminase


arginine deprivation-based therapy


arginine-free medium


arginine glycine amidinotransferase




argininosuccinate lyase


argininosuccinate synthetase


cationic amino acid transporter


complete medium


endoplasmic reticulum


glioblastoma multiforme


glial fibrillary acidic protein


green fluorescent protein


lysine-free medium


nitric oxide


nitric oxide synthase


ornithine decarboxylase


ornithine transcarbamylase


tricarboxylic acid cycle


unfolded protein response


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Olena Karatsai
    • 1
  • Oleh Stasyk
    • 2
  • Maria Jolanta Redowicz
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Laboratory of Molecular Basis of Cell MotilityNencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Polish Academy of SciencesWarsawPoland
  2. 2.Department of Cell SignalingInstitute of Cell Biology, National Academy of Sciences of UkraineLvivUkraine

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