Cigarette smoke induces mitochondrial metabolic reprogramming in lung cells

Mitochondrion. 2018 May;40:58-70. doi: 10.1016/j.mito.2017.10.002. Epub 2017 Oct 16.


Cellular transformation owing to cigarette smoking is due to chronic exposure and not acute. However, systematic studies to understand the molecular alterations in lung cells due to cigarette smoke are lacking. To understand these molecular alterations induced by chronic cigarette smoke exposure, we carried out tandem mass tag (TMT) based temporal proteomic profiling of lung cells exposed to cigarette smoke for upto 12months. We identified 2620 proteins in total, of which 671 proteins were differentially expressed (1.5-fold) after 12months of exposure. Prolonged exposure of lung cells to smoke for 12months revealed dysregulation of oxidative phosphorylation and overexpression of enzymes involved in TCA cycle. In addition, we also observed overexpression of enzymes involved in glutamine metabolism, fatty acid degradation and lactate synthesis. This could possibly explain the availability of alternative source of carbon to TCA cycle apart from glycolytic pyruvate. Our data indicates that chronic exposure to cigarette smoke induces mitochondrial metabolic reprogramming in cells to support growth and survival.

Keywords: Cigarette smoking; Mass spectrometry; Metabolism; NSCLC.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Cigarette Smoking / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Lung / pathology*
  • Metabolism / drug effects*
  • Mitochondria / drug effects*
  • Mitochondria / metabolism*
  • Proteome / analysis
  • Smoke / adverse effects*


  • Proteome
  • Smoke