Inhibition of mitochondrial pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase: a proposed mechanism by which melatonin causes cancer cells to overcome cytosolic glycolysis, reduce tumor biomass and reverse insensitivity to chemotherapy

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Published on Monday, 03 August 2020

Abstract

This review presents a hypothesis to explain the role of melatonin in regulating glucose metabolism in cancer cells.

Many cancer cells use cytosolic glycolysis (the Warburg effect) to produce energy (ATP). Under these conditions, glucose is primarily converted to lactate which is released into the blood in large quantities.

The Warburg effect gives cancer cells advantages in terms of enhanced macromolecule synthesis required for accelerated cellular proliferation, reduced cellular apoptosis which enhances tumor biomass and a greater likelihood of metastasis.

Based on available data, high circulating melatonin levels at night serve as a signal for breast cancer cells to switch from cytosolic glycolysis to mitochondrial glucose oxidation and oxidative phosphorylation for ATP production.

In this situation, melatonin promotes the synthesis of acetyl-CoA from pyruvate; we speculate that melatonin does this by inhibiting the mitochondrial enzyme pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase (PDK) which normally inhibits pyruvate dehydrogenase complex (PDC), the enzyme that controls the pyruvate to acetyl-CoA conversion.

Acetyl-CoA has several important functions in the mitochondria; it feeds into the citric acid cycle which improves oxidative phosphorylation and, additionally, it is a necessary co-factor for the rate limiting enzyme, arylalkylamine N-acetyltransferase, in mitochondrial melatonin synthesis.

When breast cancer cells are using cytosolic glycolysis (during the day) they are of the cancer phenotype; at night when they are using mitochondria to produce ATP via oxidative phosphorylation, they have a normal cell phenotype. If this day:night difference in tumor cell metabolism is common in other cancers, it indicates that these tumor cells are only cancerous part of the time.

We also speculate that high nighttime melatonin levels also reverse the insensitivity of tumors to chemotherapy.

 

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See also:

- Official Web Site: The Di Bella Method;


 


- The Di Bella Method (A Fixed Part - Melatonin tablets. From 30-40mg/day up to 200mg/day orally in patients with advanced stage of cancer disease and/or patients without respond to traditional treatments);

- Melatonin with adenosine solubilized in water and stabilized with glycine for oncological treatment - technical preparation, effectivity and clinical findings;

- About Melatonin - In vitro, review and in vivo publications;

- Publication: Melatonin anticancer effects: Review (from Di Bella's Foundation);

- Publication: Key aspects of melatonin physiology: 30 years of research (from Di Bella's Foundation);

- The Di Bella Method (A Fixed Part - Cyclophosphamide 50mg tablets and/or Hydroxyurea 500mg tablets, one or two per day);

- The Di Bella Method (A Fixed Part - Somatostatin, Octreotide, Sandostatin LAR, analogues and/or derivatives);

- Somatostatin in oncology, the overlooked evidences - In vitro, review and in vivo publications;

- Publication, 2018 Jul: Over-Expression of GH/GHR in Breast Cancer and Oncosuppressor Role of Somatostatin as a Physiological Inhibitor (from Di Bella's Foundation);

- Publication, 2018 Sep: The over-expression of GH/GHR in tumour tissues with respect to healthy ones confirms its oncogenic role and the consequent oncosuppressor role of its physiological inhibitor, somatostatin: a review of the literature (from Di Bella's Foundation);

- Publication, 2019 Aug: The Entrapment of Somatostatin in a Lipid Formulation: Retarded Release and Free Radical Reactivity (from Di Bella's Foundation);

- Publication, 2019 Sep: Effects of Somatostatin and Vitamin C on the Fatty Acid Profile of Breast Cancer Cell Membranes (from Di Bella's Foundation);

- The Di Bella Method (A Fixed Part - Bromocriptine and/or Cabergoline);


 


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- Complete objective response, stable for 5 years, with the Di Bella Method, of multiple-metastatic carcinoma of the breast;

- Evaluation of the safety and efficacy of the first-line treatment with somatostatin combined with melatonin, retinoids, vitamin D3, and low doses of cyclophosphamide in 20 cases of breast cancer: a preliminary report;

- The Di Bella Method (DBM) improved survival, objective response and performance status in a retrospective observational clinical study on 122 cases of breast cancer;

- Complete objective response to biological therapy of plurifocal breast carcinoma;

- Recurrent Glioblastoma Multiforme (grade IV – WHO 2007): a case of complete objective response achieved by means of the concomitant administration of Somatostatin and Octreotide – Retinoids – Vitamin E – Vitamin D3 – Vitamin C – Melatonin – D2 R agonists (Di Bella Method – DBM) associated with Temozolomide;

- The Di Bella Method DBM improved survival objective response and performance status in a retrospective observational clinical study on 23 tumours of the head and neck;

- Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia: Long-Lasting Remission with Combination of Cyclophosphamide, Somatostatin, Bromocriptine, Retinoids, Melatonin, and ACTH;

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- Observations on the Report of a case of pulmonary adenocarcinoma with lymph node, hepatic and osseus metastasis;

- Pleural Mesothelioma: clinical records on 11 patients treated with Di Bella's Method;

- Malignant pleural mesothelioma, stage T3-T4. Consideration of a case study;

- Excellent result in a Mesothelioma case treated exclusively with Di Bella Method for over 4 years and still treatment with positive results;

- A case of advanced Multiple Myeloma treated with Di Bella Method (DBM) into total remission for 13 years;

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