Acid Suspends the Circadian Clock in Hypoxia through Inhibition of mTOR
We were speaking during the past days here about the cancer cells who "forgot to go to sleep". I found this paper that indicates exactly that, as a result of acidic environment. It's a very good and recent paper in a highly rated journal:
Acid Suspends the Circadian Clock in Hypoxia through Inhibition of mTOR https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29861175
Recent reports indicate that hypoxia influences the circadian clock through the transcriptional activities of hypoxia-inducible factors (HIFs) at clock genes. Unexpectedly, we uncover a profound disruption of the circadian clock and diurnal transcriptome when hypoxic cells are permitted to acidify to recapitulate the tumor microenvironment. Buffering against acidification or inhibiting lactic acid production fully rescues circadian oscillation. Acidification of several human and murine cell lines, as well as primary murine T cells, suppresses mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) signaling, a key regulator of translation in response to metabolic status. We find that acid drives peripheral redistribution of normally perinuclear lysosomes away from perinuclear RHEB, thereby inhibiting the activity of lysosome-bound mTOR. Restoring mTORC1 signaling and the translation it governs rescues clock oscillation. Our findings thus reveal a model in which acid produced during the cellular metabolic response to hypoxia suppresses the circadian clock through diminished translation of clock constituents.