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Nat Commun ; 12(1): 4502, 2021 07 23.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34301937


Cells in many tissues, such as bone, muscle, and placenta, fuse into syncytia to acquire new functions and transcriptional programs. While it is known that fused cells are specialized, it is unclear whether cell-fusion itself contributes to programmatic-changes that generate the new cellular state. Here, we address this by employing a fusogen-mediated, cell-fusion system to create syncytia from undifferentiated cells. RNA-Seq analysis reveals VSV-G-induced cell fusion precedes transcriptional changes. To gain mechanistic insights, we measure the plasma membrane surface area after cell-fusion and observe it diminishes through increases in endocytosis. Consequently, glucose transporters internalize, and cytoplasmic glucose and ATP transiently decrease. This reduced energetic state activates AMPK, which inhibits YAP1, causing transcriptional-reprogramming and cell-cycle arrest. Impairing either endocytosis or AMPK activity prevents YAP1 inhibition and cell-cycle arrest after fusion. Together, these data demonstrate plasma membrane diminishment upon cell-fusion causes transient nutrient stress that may promote transcriptional-reprogramming independent from extrinsic cues.

Proteínas Adaptadoras de Transdução de Sinal/metabolismo , Membrana Celular/metabolismo , Núcleo Celular/metabolismo , Glicoproteínas de Membrana/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição/metabolismo , Transcrição Genética/genética , Proteínas do Envelope Viral/metabolismo , Proteínas Quinases Ativadas por AMP/genética , Proteínas Quinases Ativadas por AMP/metabolismo , Proteínas Adaptadoras de Transdução de Sinal/genética , Animais , Transporte Biológico , Fusão Celular , Linhagem Celular , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Células Cultivadas , Células Gigantes/metabolismo , Células HEK293 , Humanos , Glicoproteínas de Membrana/genética , Camundongos , RNA-Seq/métodos , Transdução de Sinais/genética , Fatores de Transcrição/genética , Proteínas do Envelope Viral/genética