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Glycolytic Reliance Promotes Anabolism In Photoreceptors, Yashodhan Chinchore, Tedi Begaj, David Wu, Eugene Drokhlyansky, Constance L. Cepko Jun 2017

Glycolytic Reliance Promotes Anabolism In Photoreceptors, Yashodhan Chinchore, Tedi Begaj, David Wu, Eugene Drokhlyansky, Constance L. Cepko

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Vertebrate photoreceptors are among the most metabolically active cells, exhibiting a high rate of ATP consumption. This is coupled with a high anabolic demand, necessitated by the diurnal turnover of a specialized membrane-rich organelle, the outer segment, which is the primary site of phototransduction. How photoreceptors balance their catabolic and anabolic demands is poorly understood. Here, we show that rod photoreceptors in mice rely on glycolysis for their outer segment biogenesis. Genetic perturbations targeting allostery or key regulatory nodes in the glycolytic pathway impacted the size of the outer segments. Fibroblast growth factor signaling was found to regulate glycolysis, with ...