An O-GlcNAcylomic Approach Reveals ACLY as a Potential Target in Sepsis in the Young Rat

Int J Mol Sci. 2021 Aug 26;22(17):9236. doi: 10.3390/ijms22179236.


Sepsis in the young population, which is particularly at risk, is rarely studied. O-GlcNAcylation is a post-translational modification involved in cell survival, stress response and metabolic regulation. O-GlcNAc stimulation is beneficial in adult septic rats. This modification is physiologically higher in the young rat, potentially limiting the therapeutic potential of O-GlcNAc stimulation in young septic rats. The aim is to evaluate whether O-GlcNAc stimulation can improve sepsis outcome in young rats. Endotoxemic challenge was induced in 28-day-old rats by lipopolysaccharide injection (E. Coli O111:B4, 20 mg·kg-1) and compared to control rats (NaCl 0.9%). One hour after lipopolysaccharide injection, rats were randomly assigned to no therapy, fluidotherapy (NaCl 0.9%, 10 mL·kg-1) ± NButGT (10 mg·kg-1) to increase O-GlcNAcylation levels. Physiological parameters and plasmatic markers were evaluated 2h later. Finally, untargeted mass spectrometry was performed to map cardiac O-GlcNAcylated proteins. Lipopolysaccharide injection induced shock with a decrease in mean arterial pressure and alteration of biological parameters (p < 0.05). NButGT, contrary to fluidotherapy, was associated with an improvement of arterial pressure (p < 0.05). ATP citrate lyase was identified among the O-GlcNAcylated proteins. In conclusion, O-GlcNAc stimulation improves outcomes in young septic rats. Interestingly, identified O-GlcNAcylated proteins are mainly involved in cellular metabolism.

Keywords: O-GlcNAcylation; O-GlcNAcylomics; children; mass spectrometry; septic shock.

MeSH terms

  • ATP Citrate (pro-S)-Lyase / metabolism*
  • Acetylation
  • Acetylglucosamine / metabolism*
  • Animals
  • Fluid Therapy / methods
  • Lipopolysaccharides / toxicity
  • Protein Processing, Post-Translational*
  • Rats
  • Shock, Septic / etiology
  • Shock, Septic / metabolism*
  • Shock, Septic / therapy


  • Lipopolysaccharides
  • ATP Citrate (pro-S)-Lyase
  • Acetylglucosamine