The conserved B-subunit of succinate dehydrogenase (SDH) participates in the tricarboxylic acid cycle (TCA) cycle and mitochondrial electron transport. The Arg230His mutation in SDHB causes heritable pheochromocytoma/paraganglioma (PPGL). In Caenorhabditiselegans, we generated an in vivo PPGL model (SDHB-1 Arg244His; equivalent to human Arg230His), which manifests delayed development, shortened lifespan, attenuated ATP production and reduced mitochondrial number. Although succinate is elevated in both missense and null sdhb-1(gk165) mutants, transcriptomic comparison suggests very different causal mechanisms that are supported by metabolic analysis, whereby only Arg244His (not null) worms demonstrate elevated lactate/pyruvate levels, pointing to a missense-induced, Warburg-like aberrant glycolysis. In silico predictions of the SDHA-B dimer structure demonstrate that Arg230His modifies the catalytic cleft despite the latter's remoteness from the mutation site. We hypothesize that the Arg230His SDHB mutation rewires metabolism, reminiscent of metabolic reprogramming in cancer. Our tractable model provides a novel tool to investigate the metastatic propensity of this familial cancer and our approach could illuminate wider SDH pathology.This article has an associated First Person interview with the first author of the paper.
- C. elegans
- Familial Paraganglioma Syndrome (FPS)
- TCA cycle
- Succinate dehydrogenase
- Warburg-like glycolysis
- Familial paraganglioma syndrome