Evaluating the Metabolic Alterations in Pancreatic Cancer

  • Aneesha Dasgupta
  • Surendra K. Shukla
  • Venugopal Gunda
  • Ryan J. King
  • Pankaj K. SinghEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1882)


Metabolic reprograming is an established hallmark of cancer cells. Pancreatic cancer cells, by virtue of the underlying oncogenic drivers, demonstrate metabolic reprograming to sustain growth, invasiveness, and therapy resistance. The increased demands of the growing tumor cells alter the metabolic and signaling pathways to meet the growing nutrient requirements. Investigating the metabolic vulnerabilities of tumor cells can help in developing effective therapeutics to target pancreatic cancer. In this chapter, we explain in detail the methods to evaluate the metabolic changes occurring in the tumor. This includes the glucose/glutamine uptake assays and the measurement of reactive oxygen species, extracellular acidification rate, and oxygen consumption rate in the tumor cells. All these physiological assays help in understanding the metabolic nature of the tumor.

Key words

Cancer metabolism Pancreatic cancer Glucose uptake Glutamine uptake Reactive oxygen species ECAR OCR 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aneesha Dasgupta
    • 1
  • Surendra K. Shukla
    • 2
  • Venugopal Gunda
    • 2
  • Ryan J. King
    • 2
  • Pankaj K. Singh
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyUniversity of Nebraska Medical CenterOmahaUSA
  2. 2.The Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied DiseasesUniversity of Nebraska Medical CenterOmahaUSA
  3. 3.Department of Pathology and MicrobiologyUniversity of Nebraska Medical CenterOmahaUSA
  4. 4.Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and AnatomyUniversity of Nebraska Medical CenterOmahaUSA

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