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Sangyong Choi, Ya-Mei Hu, Mark E Corkins, Amy E Palmer, Amanda J Bird
Zinc is an essential trace element that is required for the function of a large number of proteins. As these zinc-binding proteins are found within the cytosol and organelles, all eukaryotes require mechanisms to ensure that zinc is delivered to organelles, even under conditions of zinc deficiency. Although many zinc transporters belonging to the Cation Diffusion Facilitator (CDF) families have well characterized roles in transporting zinc into the lumens of intracellular compartments, relatively little is known about the mechanisms that maintain organelle zinc homeostasis...
March 12, 2018: PLoS Genetics
YuZhen Li, XiuHua Liu
As the main source of energy in the body, mitochondria are highly dynamic organelles, which are constantly going through fusion and fission. The fine balance of mitochondrial fusion and fission plays an important role in maintaining the stability of cardiomyocyte homeostasis. The processes of mitochondrial fusion and fission are very complex, which is mediated by fusion and fission proteins. Disruptions in these processes through controlling fusion and fission proteins affect mitochondrial functions and cardiomyocyte survival...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
Benjamin Gottschalk, Christinae Klec, Markus Waldeck-Weiermair, Roland Malli, Wolfgang F Graier
Mitochondria are multifunctional organelles that essentially contribute to cell signaling by sophisticated mechanisms of communications. Live cell imaging studies showed that mitochondria are dynamic and complex structures that form ramified networks by directed movements, fission, and fusion events. There is emerging evidence that the morphology of mitochondria determines cellular functions and vice versa. Several intracellular signaling pathways and messengers including Ca2+ dynamically influence the architecture of mitochondria...
March 12, 2018: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
Jeong-Min Hong, Sun-Mee Lee
AIMS: Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1), an endogenous cytoprotective enzyme, is reported that can be localized in mitochondria under stress, contributing to preserve mitochondrial function. Mitochondrial quality control (QC) is essential to cellular health and recovery linked with redox homeostasis. Recent studies reported that phosphoglycerate mutase family member (PGAM) 5, a mitochondria-resident phosphatase, plays critical role in mitochondrial homeostasis. Therefore, we aim to investigate cytoprotective mechanisms of HO-1 in I/R-induced hepatic injury focusing on mitochondrial QC associated with PGAM5 signaling...
March 7, 2018: Life Sciences
Francesca Martorana, Daniela Gaglio, Maria Rosaria Bianco, Federica Aprea, Assunta Virtuoso, Marcella Bonanomi, Lilia Alberghina, Michele Papa, Anna Maria Colangelo
Neuronal differentiation involves extensive modification of biochemical and morphological properties to meet novel functional requirements. Reorganization of the mitochondrial network to match the higher energy demand plays a pivotal role in this process. Mechanisms of neuronal differentiation in response to nerve growth factor (NGF) have been largely characterized in terms of signaling, however, little is known about its impact on mitochondrial remodeling and metabolic function. In this work, we show that NGF-induced differentiation requires the activation of autophagy mediated by Atg9b and Ambra1, as it is disrupted by their genetic knockdown and by autophagy blockers...
March 9, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Da Yeon Kim, Seok Yun Jung, Yeon Ju Kim, Songhwa Kang, Ji Hye Park, Seung Taek Ji, Woong Bi Jang, Shreekrishna Lamichane, Babita Dahal Lamichane, Young Chan Chae, Dongjun Lee, Joo Seop Chung, Sang-Mo Kwon
Tumor undergo uncontrolled, excessive proliferation leads to hypoxic microenvironment. To fulfill their demand for nutrient, and oxygen, tumor angiogenesis is required. Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) have been known to the main source of angiogenesis because of their potential to differentiation into endothelial cells. Therefore, understanding the mechanism of EPC-mediated angiogenesis in hypoxia is critical for development of cancer therapy. Recently, mitochondrial dynamics has emerged as a critical mechanism for cellular function and differentiation under hypoxic conditions...
March 2018: Korean Journal of Physiology & Pharmacology
Takuya Yamakado, Shota Takahashi, Kazuya Watanabe, Yoshiyasu Matsumoto, Atsuhiro Osuka, Shohei Saito
A set of flapping acene dimers fused with an 8pi cyclooctatetraene (COT) ring showed distinct excited-state dynamics in solution. While the anthracene dimer showed a fast V-shaped-to-planar conformational change within 10 ps in the lowest excited singlet state, reminding us of extended Baird aromaticity, the tetracene dimer and the pentacene dimer underwent intramolecular singlet fission (SF) in different manners: A fast and reversible SF with a characteristic delayed fluorescence (FL), and a fast and quantitative SF, respectively...
March 8, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
Kritika M Garg, Balaji Chattopadhyay, Uma Ramakrishnan
Bats are social animals and display a diverse variety of mating and social systems, with most species exhibiting some form of polygyny. Their social organization is fluid and individuals frequently switch partners and roosting sites. While harem-like social organization is observed in multiple tropical species, its importance is contested in many of them. In this study, we investigated the role of harems in the social organization of the old world fruit bat Cynopterus sphinx . Based on regular behavioural observations over a period of 20 months and genetic data from microsatellite markers, we observed that the social organization is flexible, individuals regularly shift between roosts and the social organization resembles a fission-fusion society...
February 2018: Royal Society Open Science
Corey A H Allard, Hannah E Opalko, Ko-Wei Liu, Uche Medoh, James B Moseley
Cell size control requires mechanisms that link cell growth with Cdk1 activity. In fission yeast, the protein kinase Cdr2 forms cortical nodes that include the Cdk1 inhibitor Wee1 along with the Wee1-inhibitory kinase Cdr1. We investigated how nodes inhibit Wee1 during cell growth. Biochemical fractionation revealed that Cdr2 nodes were megadalton structures enriched for activated Cdr2, which increases in level during interphase growth. In live-cell total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy videos, Cdr2 and Cdr1 remained constant at nodes over time, but Wee1 localized to nodes in short bursts...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Cell Biology
Morgan Chabanon, Padmini Rangamani
Formation of membrane necks is crucial for fission and fusion in lipid bilayers. In this work, we seek to answer the following fundamental question: what is the relationship between protein-induced spontaneous mean curvature and the Gaussian curvature at a membrane neck? Using an augmented Helfrich model for lipid bilayers to include membrane-protein interaction, we solve the shape equation on catenoids to find the field of spontaneous curvature that satisfies mechanical equilibrium of membrane necks. In this case, the shape equation reduces to a variable coefficient Helmholtz equation for spontaneous curvature, where the source term is proportional to the Gaussian curvature...
March 7, 2018: Soft Matter
Qian Han, Guihua Li, Mary SiuMan Ip, Yuelin Zhang, Zhe Zhen, Judith ChoiWo Mak, Nuofu Zhang
Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) characterized by intermittent hypoxia (IH) is closely associated with cardiovascular diseases. IH confers cardiac injury via accelerating cardiomyocyte apoptosis, whereas the underlying mechanism has remained largely enigmatic. This study aimed to explore the potential mechanisms involved in the IH-induced cardiac damage performed with the IH-exposed cell and animal models and to investigate the protective effects of haemin, a potent haeme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) activator, on the cardiac injury induced by IH...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Jie Gao, Ailin Luo, Jing Yan, Xi Fang, Xiaole Tang, Yilin Zhao, Shiyong Li
Accumulating evidence indicates that general anesthetics can cause acute neuroapoptosis and long-term cognitive deficit in models exposed to anesthetics during the brain growth-spurt period. Anesthetics-induced imbalance of mitochondrial fusion and fission preceded and contributed to developmental neuroapoptosis. Accordingly, the imbalance was accompanied by activation of dynamin-related protein (Drp)1 which was closely associated with synaptic degeneration in neurodegenerative diseases. Based on the neuroprotective role of mitochondrial division inhibitor-1 (mdivi-1) in neurodegeneration and stroke, we set out to examine whether mdivi-1 can mitigate developmental neurotoxicity induced by isoflurane...
2018: American Journal of Translational Research
Yamato Yoshida
The endosymbiosis of a free-living cyanobacterium into an ancestral eukaryote led to the evolution of the chloroplast (plastid) more than one billion years ago. Given their independent origins, plastid proliferation is restricted to the binary fission of pre-existing plastids within a cell. In the last 25 years, the structure of the supramolecular machinery regulating plastid division has been discovered, and some of its component proteins identified. More recently, isolated plastid-division machineries have been examined to elucidate their structural and mechanistic details...
March 4, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Hang Wu, Shixiang Wu, Nansheng Qiu, Jian Chang, Rima Bao, Xin Zhang, Nian Liu, Shuai Liu
Apatite fission-track (AFT) analysis, a widely used low-temperature thermochronology method, can provide details of the hydrocarbon generation history of source rocks for use in hydrocarbon exploration. The AFT method is based on the annealing behavior of fission tracks generated by238 U fission in apatite particles during geological history. Due to the cumbersome experimental steps and high expense, it is imperative to find an efficient and inexpensive technique to determinate the annealing degree of AFT. In this study, on the basis of the ellipsoid configuration of tracks, the track volume fraction model (TVFM) is established and the fission-track volume index is proposed...
January 1, 2018: Applied Spectroscopy
K Broch, J Dieterle, F Branchi, N J Hestand, Y Olivier, H Tamura, C Cruz, V M Nichols, A Hinderhofer, D Beljonne, F C Spano, G Cerullo, C J Bardeen, F Schreiber
Singlet fission, the spin-allowed photophysical process converting an excited singlet state into two triplet states, has attracted significant attention for device applications. Research so far has focused mainly on the understanding of singlet fission in pure materials, yet blends offer the promise of a controlled tuning of intermolecular interactions, impacting singlet fission efficiencies. Here we report a study of singlet fission in mixtures of pentacene with weakly interacting spacer molecules. Comparison of experimentally determined stationary optical properties and theoretical calculations indicates a reduction of charge-transfer interactions between pentacene molecules with increasing spacer molecule fraction...
March 5, 2018: Nature Communications
Nathaniel J L K Davis, Jesse R Allardice, James Xiao, Anthony J Petty Ii, Neil C Greenham, John E Anthony, Akshay Rao
Singlet exciton fission allows for the generation of two triplet excitons for each photon absorbed within an organic semiconductor. Efficient harvesting of these triplets could allow for the Shockley-Queisser limit on the power conversion efficiency of single-junction photovoltaics to be broken. Here, we show that singlet fission molecules bound directly to PbS quantum dots as ligands can undergo singlet fission with near unity efficiency and can transfer triplets sequentially into the PbS with near unity efficiency...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Kaeko Murota, Yoshimasa Nakamura, Mariko Uehara
Several dietary flavonoids exhibit anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, and anti-osteoporotic activities relevant to prevention of chronic diseases, including lifestyle-related diseases. Dietary flavonoids (glycoside forms) are enzymatically hydrolyzed and absorbed in the intestine, and are conjugated to their glucuronide/sulfate forms by phase II enzymes in epithelial cells and the liver. The intestinal microbiota plays an important role in the metabolism of flavonoids found in foods. Some specific products of bacterial transformation, such as ring-fission products and reduced metabolites, exhibit enhanced properties...
March 5, 2018: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
Aurel Popa-Wagner, Raluca E Sandu, Coman Cristin, Adriana Uzoni, Kevin A Welle, Jennifer R Hryhorenko, Sina Ghaemmaghami
Brain structures differ in the magnitude of age-related neuron loss with the cerebellum being more affected. An underlying cause could be an age-related decline in mitochondrial bioenergetics. Successful aging of mitochondria reflects a balanced turnover of proteins involved in mitochondrial biogenesis and mitophagy. Thus, an imbalance in mitochondrial turnover can contribute to the diminution of cellular function seen during aging. Mitochondrial biogenesis and mitophagy are mediated by a set of proteins including MFN1, MFN2, OPA1, DRP1, FIS1 as well as DMN1l and DNM1, all of which are required for mitochondrial fission...
2018: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Tzer Chyn Lim, Tomoyuki Hatano, Anton Kamnev, Mohan K Balasubramanian, Ting Gang Chew
The position of the division site dictates the size and fate of daughter cells in many organisms. In animal cells, division-site placement involves overlapping mechanisms, including signaling from the central spindle microtubules, astral microtubules, and spindle poles and through polar contractions [1-3]. In fission yeast, division-site positioning requires overlapping mechanisms involving the anillin-related protein Mid1 and the tip complex (comprising the Kelch-repeat protein Tea1, the Dyrk-kinase Pom1, and the SH3-domain protein Tea4) [4-11]...
February 22, 2018: Current Biology: CB
Massa Oi, Daniel Donner, Jason Peart, Belinda Beck, Lauren Wendt, John P Headrick, Eugene F du Toit
Statins are effective in management of dyslipidaemia, and a cornerstone of CVD prevention strategies. However, the impacts of their pleiotropic effects on other cardiovascular risk factors and myocardial responses to infarction are not well characterised. We hypothesised that pravastatin treatment in obesity improves lipid profiles, insulin-resistance and myocardial resistance to ischaemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. Wistar rats were fed a control (C) chow or high carbohydrate and fat diet (HCFD) for 16 weeks with vehicle or pravastatin (prava 7...
March 1, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
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