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Zuriñe Antón, Ane Landajuela, Javier H Hervás, L Ruth Montes, Sonia Hernández-Tiedra, Guillermo Velasco, Felix M Goñi, Alicia Alonso
The phospholipid cardiolipin (CL) has been proposed to play a role in selective mitochondrial autophagy, or mitophagy. CL externalization to the outer mitochondrial membrane would act as a signal for the human Atg8 ortholog subfamily, MAP1LC3 (LC3). The latter would mediate both mitochondrial recognition and autophagosome formation, ultimately leading to removal of damaged mitochondria. We have applied quantitative biophysical techniques to the study of CL interaction with various Atg8 human orthologs, namely LC3B, GABARAPL2 and GABARAP...
October 20, 2016: Autophagy
Chijun Li, Brandon K Tan, Jinshi Zhao, Ziqiang Guan
Phosphatidylglycerol (PG) makes up 5-20% of the phospholipids of Escherichia coli and is essential for growth in wild-type cells. PG is synthesized from the dephosphorylation of its immediate precursor, phosphatidylglycerol phosphate (PGP) whose synthase in E. coli is PgsA. Using genetic, biochemical and highly sensitive mass spectrometric approaches, we identified an alternative mechanism for PG synthesis in E. coli that is PgsA independent. The reaction of synthesis involves the conversion of phosphatidylethanolamine and glycerol into PG and is catalyzed by ClsB, a phospholipase D-type cardiolipin synthase...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Isabel M López-Lara, Otto Geiger
The glycerophospholipids phosphatidylethanolamine, phosphatidylglycerol (PG), and cardiolipin (CL) are major structural components of bacterial membranes. In some bacteria, phosphatidylcholine or phosphatidylinositol and its derivatives form part of the membrane. PG or CL can be modified with the amino acid residues lysine, alanine, or arginine. Diacylglycerol is the lipid anchor from which syntheses of phosphorus-free glycerolipids, such as glycolipids, sulfolipids, or homoserine-derived lipids initiate. Many membrane lipids are subject to turnover and some of them are recycled...
October 17, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Adam Kawałek, Chandhuru Jagadeesan, Ida J van der Klei
The non-bilayer forming lipids cardiolipin (CL) and phosphatidylethanolamine (PE) modulate membrane curvature, facilitate membrane fusion and affect the stability and function of membrane proteins. Yeast peroxisomal membranes contain significant amounts of CL and PE. We analysed the effect of CL deficiency and PE depletion on peroxisome biogenesis and proliferation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Our data indicate that deletion of CRD1, which encodes cardiolipin synthase, does not affect peroxisome biogenesis or abundance, both at peroxisome repressing (glucose) or inducing (oleate) growth conditions...
October 13, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Shaoxiao Wang, Siyuan Zhang, Chuan Xu, Addie Barron, Floyd Galiano, Dhaval Patel, Yong Joo Lee, Guy A Caldwell, Kim A Caldwell, Stephan N Witt
We have been investigating the role that phosphatidylethanolamine (PE) and phosphatidylcholine (PC) content plays in modulating the solubility of the Parkinson's disease protein alpha-synuclein (α-syn) using Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Caenorhabditis elegans. One enzyme that synthesizes PE is the conserved enzyme phosphatidylserine decarboxylase (Psd1/yeast; PSD-1/worms), which is lodged in the inner mitochondrial membrane. We previously found that decreasing the level of PE due to knockdown of Psd1/psd-1 affects the homeostasis of α-syn in vivo...
2016: PloS One
Evan M Kerek, Elmar J Prenner
Following intake and absorption of Cd into the bloodstream, one possible target is the lipid membrane surrounding erythrocytes as well as kidney and liver cells where Cd accumulates. We investigated the interactions of Cd with model membranes from a biophysical perspective by using fluorescence spectroscopy and dynamic light scattering to monitor changes in liposome size, membrane fluidity and lipid phase transition. The fluorescent probe Laurdan was incorporated into liposomes and used to quantitate cadmium induced fluidity changes in model systems hydrated in 20mM HEPES, 100mM NaCl pH7...
October 11, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Vandana Pradhan, Pallavi Pandit, Anjali Rajadhyaksha, Manisha Patwardhan, Prathamesh Surve, Pradnya Kamble, Maxime Lecerf, Jagadeesh Bayry, Srinivas Kaveri, K Ghosh, Milind Y Nadkar
OBJECTIVE: To identify the hematological manifestations and its association with serum ferritin levels in SLE patients from Western India. METHODS: Ninety clinically diagnosed SLE patients fulfilling ACR criteria were included. Disease activity was assessed at the time of evaluation using Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Disease Activity Index (SLEDAI). Sera were tested for serum ferritin levels by ELISA (Calbiotech, USA). Autoantibodies such as ANA, anti-dsDNA by indirect immunofluorescence test (IFA- Bio-Rad, USA) and anti-cardiolipin antibodies (ACA) to IgG and IgM isotypes and Anti-β2 GP antibodies to IgG and IgM isotypes were detected by ELISA using commercially available kits (Euroimmun, Lubeck, Germany)...
May 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Wataru Matsuzaki, Hiromasa Takahashi, Hiroyuki Nakamura, Toshihiko Murayama
Ceramide kinase (CerK) and ceramide-1-phosphate (C1P) are involved in various cellular functions, while regulation of the enzyme activity has not been well elucidated. We herein investigated the effects of several glycerophospholipids on human recombinant CerK activity with CaCl2 and MgCl2 by measuring the formation of fluorescent labeled C1P in vitro. CerK activities were 44.1±11.4 (pmol/µg/min) with vehicle, 137±29 with 2 mM CaCl2, and 144±32 with 2 mM MgCl2 in the glycerol/albumin buffer. The addition of glycerophospholipids such as phosphatidylcholine, phosphatidylinositol (PI), PI 4,5-bisphosphate (PI(4,5)P2), and phosphatidic acid had no effect on CerK activity with CaCl2, although PI(4,5)P2 and phosphatidic acid bound to CerK in the lipid-protein overlay assay...
2016: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Hisashi Kobayashi, Satoshi Nagao, Shun Hirota
Cytochrome (cyt) c transports electrons from Complex III to Complex IV in mitochondria. Cyt c is ordinarily anchored to the mitochondrial membrane through interaction with cardiolipin (CL), however its release into the cytosol initiates apoptosis. The cyt c interaction site with CL-containing bicelles was characterized by NMR spectroscopy. Chemical shift perturbations in cyt c signals upon interaction with bicelles revealed that a relatively wide region, which includes the A-site, the CXXCH motif, and the N- and C-terminal helices, and contains multiple Lys residues, interacts cooperatively with CL...
October 10, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
Ramani Soundararajan, Timothy M Stearns, Alexander Czachor, Jutaro Fukumoto, Christina Turn, Emma Westermann-Clark, Mason Breitzig, Lee Tan, Richard F Lockey, Benjamin L King, Narasaiah Kolliputi
OBJECTIVE: Recent studies implicate cardiolipin oxidation in several age-related diseases. Atp8b1 encoding Type 4 P-type ATPases is a cardiolipin transporter. Mutation in Atp8b1 gene or inflammation of the lungs impairs the capacity of Atp8b1 to clear cardiolipin from lung fluid. However, the link between Atp8b1 mutation and age-related gene alteration is unknown. Therefore, we investigated how Atp8b1 mutation alters age-related genes. METHODS: We performed Affymetrix gene profiling of lungs isolated from young (7-9 wks, n=6) and aged (14 months, 14 M, n=6) C57BL/6 and Atp8b1 mutant mice...
September 29, 2016: Aging
Bozic Borut, Sasa Cucnik, Natasa Gaspersic, Ales Ambrozic, Tanja Kveder, Blaz Rozman
A possible co-appearance of anticardiolipin (aCL), anti-β2-glycoprotein I (anti-β2-GPI), anti-prothrombin (aPT) and anti-annexin V (aANXV) antibodies of IgG, IgM and IgA class were studied in 58 patients with SLE alone and 32 patients APS in the view of rational laboratory diagnostics. The presence of anti-phospholipid antibodies (aPL) were defined by our in-house ELISA methods. Out of 17 aCL negative SLE patients 6 had other antigenically defined aPL antibodies. In 13 patients only IgA but not IgG and IgM anti-β2GPI were detected...
January 2010: EJIFCC
Pekka A Postila, Karol Kaszuba, Patryk Kuleta, Ilpo Vattulainen, Marcin Sarewicz, Artur Osyczka, Tomasz Róg
The cytochrome (cyt) bc1 complex is an integral component of the respiratory electron transfer chain sustaining the energy needs of organisms ranging from humans to bacteria. Due to its ubiquitous role in the energy metabolism, both the oxidation and reduction of the enzyme's substrate co-enzyme Q has been studied vigorously. Here, this vast amount of data is reassessed after probing the substrate reduction steps at the Qi-site of the cyt bc1 complex of Rhodobacter capsulatus using atomistic molecular dynamics simulations...
September 26, 2016: Scientific Reports
Zhigang Hu, Xiaoying Jing, Jie Liu, Mei Li, Yan Ye, Yu Chen
The autoimmune disease antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is characterized by the presence of anticardiolipin antibodies (aCL), along with anti-β2-glycoprotein I (β2GPI) antibodies and lupus anticoagulant (LA). In this study, we developed a time-resolved fluoroimmunoassay (TRFIA) system for simultaneous quantification of aCL IgG and IgM. A 96-well microtiter plate precoated with the complex of cardiolipin from bovine heart and bovine β2GPI was incubated with the anticardiolipin IgG and IgM standard substance or serum, and the conjugate of Eu3+-labeled anti-human IgG and Sm3+-labeled anti-human IgM was pipetted to the wells to form a tipical double-antibody-sandwich immunoreactions; finally the fluorescent intensity of Eu3+ and Sm3+ was detected to reflect the quantity of anticardiolipin IgG and IgM...
2016: PloS One
Jialing Zhang, Wendong Yu, Seung Ryu, John Lin, Gerardo Buentello, Robert Tibshirani, James Suliburk, Livia Schiavinato Eberlin
Oncocytic tumors are characterized by an excessive eosinophilic, granular cytoplasm due to aberrant accumulation of mitochondria. Mutations in mitochondrial DNA occurs in oncocytic thyroid tumors, but there is no information about their lipid composition which might reveal candidate theranostic molecules. Here we used desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (DESI-MS) to image and chemically characterize the lipid composition of oncocytic thyroid tumors, as compared to non-oncocytic thyroid tumors and normal thyroid samples...
September 22, 2016: Cancer Research
Gabriela Flores-Ramírez, Maksym Danchenko, Marco Quevedo-Díaz, Ludovit Skultety
Coxiella burnetii (C. burnetii) is the etiological agent of a Q fever-the re-emerging disease with considerable economic impact. Due to many similar symptoms with commonly occurring infections, its clinical diagnosis is very difficult. Thus, a strong effort should be taken to raise the awareness and develop a robust strategy for an accurate diagnosis. The identification of specific C. burnetii biomarkers could be valuable for a sensitive and selective diagnosis of the disease. Herein, we described a workflow to identify immunoreactive proteins of C...
August 31, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
H Fabián Pelusa, Eleonora Pezzarini, Cecilia Basiglio, Jorge Musuruana, Mariela Bearzotti, María José Svetaz, Stella Maris Daniele, Hebe Bottai, Sandra M M Arriaga
BACKGROUND: Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is an autoimmune disease characterized by thrombosis, fetal losses and thrombocytopenia associated to antiphospholipid (APL) antibodies (Abs). They are directed to phospholipids, such as cardiolipins (a-cardiolipin, ACA) and lupus anticoagulant (LA), or to complexes formed by phospholipids and protein cofactors, such as β2 glycoprotein 1 (a-β2GP1) and annexin V (a-annexin V). These auto Abs may be considered as a family of Abs involved in thrombotic events and APL activity...
September 16, 2016: Annals of Clinical Biochemistry
Yu-Jen Chao, Jui-Fen Chan, Yuan-Hao Howard Hsu
Chemotherapy drugs have been prescribed for the systemic treatment of cancer. We selected three chemotherapy drugs, including methotrexate, mitomycine C and vincristine to inhibit the proliferation of HT1080 human fibrosarcoma cells in S, G2 and M phases of the cell cycle respectively. These chemotherapy drugs showed significant toxicity and growth inhibition to the cancer cells measured by MTT assay. After treated with a 50% inhibitory dosage for 48 hours, these cancer cells showed significant accumulation of cardiolipin (CL), which was a reverse trend of the nutritional deficiency induced arrest at G1 phase...
2016: PloS One
Linlin Zhao, Shuqing Wang, Changqing Run, Bo OuYang, James J Chou
Many membrane proteins bind specifically to lipids as an integral component of their structures. The ability of detergents to support lipid binding is thus an important consideration when solubilizing membrane proteins for structural studies. In particular, the zwitterionic phosphocholine (PC)-based detergents, which have been widely used in solution NMR studies of channels and transporters, are controversial because of their strong solubilization power and thus perceived as more denaturing than nonionic detergents such as the maltosides...
September 27, 2016: Biochemistry
Tasuku Nishino, Ryota Matsunaga, Hiroshi Jikihara, Moe Uchida, Akane Maeda, Guangying Qi, Takaya Abe, Hiroshi Kiyonari, Satoshi Tashiro, Kyoko Inagaki-Ohara, Fumio Shimamoto, Hiroaki Konishi
Cardiolipin and phosphatidic acid-binding protein (CLPABP) is a pleckstrin homology domain-containing protein and is localized on the surface of mitochondria of cultured cells as a large protein-RNA complex. To analyze the physiological functions of CLPABP, we established and characterized a CLPABP knockout (KO) mouse. Although expression levels of CLPABP transcripts in the developmental organs were high, CLPABP KO mice were normal at birth and grew normally when young. However, old male mice presented a fatty phenotype, similar to that seen in metabolic syndrome, in parallel with elevated male- and age-dependent CLPABP gene expression...
September 8, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Sang Hyuk Park, Seongsoo Jang, Chan-Jeoung Park, Hyun-Sook Chi
Background. According to revised classification criteria of true antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, at least one of three antiphospholipid antibodies should be present on two or more occasions at least 12 weeks apart. However, it can be inconvenient to perform follow-up tests with interval of 12 weeks. We investigated clinical application of follow-up tests with interval of 12 weeks. Method. Totals of 67, 199, and 332 patients tested positive initially for the lupus anticoagulants confirm, the anti-β 2 glycoprotein-I antibody, and the anti-cardiolipin antibody test, respectively, from Jan 2007 to Jul 2009...
2016: BioMed Research International
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