Uptake of glutamate, not glutamine synthetase, regulates adaptation of mammalian cells to glutamine-free medium.

Two cell lines (McCoy and MDCK) were studied in an attempt to understand the metabolic changes associated with adaptation to glutamine-free medium (GMEM + gmate). McCoy cells assumed normal growth rates after 2-3 passages in this medium whereas MDCK cells showed no growth in GMEM + gmate. The glutamine synthetase (GS) activity of both cell lines was… CONTINUE READING