Lithium induces phosphoglucomutase activity in various tissues of rats and in bipolar patients

Péter Csutora, Árpád Karsai, Tamás Nagy, Bálint Vas, Gábor L. Kovács, Orsolya Rideg, Péter Bogner, Attila Miseta

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Phosphoglucomutase catalyses the reversible conversion of glucose-6-P and glucose-1-P. Lithium is a potent inhibitor of phosphoglucomutase in vitro, however, it is not known if phosphoglucomutase was significantly inhibited by Li+ in Li+-treated bipolar patients. Here, we demonstrate that phosphoglucomutase inhibition by chronic Li+ treatment causes alterations of glucose-phosphate levels in various tissues of rats. Also, phosphoglucomutase inhibition results in compensatory elevation of phosphoglucomutase activity in rat tissues and in leukocytes isolated from Li+-treated bipolar patients. The increase of uninhibited phosphoglucomutase activity in leukocytes of Li+-treated bipolar patients is due to the increased expression of the PGM1 gene.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)613-619
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2006



  • Bipolar disorder
  • Glucose-phosphate
  • Lithium
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphoglucomutase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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