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Blockade of Glutamine Synthetase Enhances Inflammatory Response in Microglial Cells

Palmieri, EM;Menga, A;Lebrun, A;Hooper, DC;Butterfield, DA;Mazzone, M;Castegna, A;

Microglial cells are brain-resident macrophages engaged in surveillance and maintained in a constant state of relative inactivity. However, their involvement in autoimmune diseases indicates that in pathological conditions microglia gain an inflammatory phenotype. The mechanisms underlying this change in the microglial phenotype are still unclear. Since metabolism is an important modulator of immune cell function, we focused our attention on glutamine synthetase (GS), a modulator of the response to lipopolysaccharide (LPS) activation in other cell types, which is expressed by microglia.