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Mitochondrial disease

Francis B Panosyan, Rabi Tawil, David N Herrmann
INTRODUCTION: Episodic muscle weakness is the hallmark of a heterogeneous group of disorders known as periodic paralysis. A majority are due to single nucleotide mutations causing membrane depolarization. METHODS: We report 2 family members with chronic, slowly progressive, distal axonal neuropathy or Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 2 (CMT2) and episodic weakness resembling periodic paralysis. RESULTS: Next generation sequencing (NGS) identified a mitochondrial MT-ATP6 mutation m...
October 26, 2016: Muscle & Nerve
Devasena Ponnalagu, Harpreet Singh
Mitochondria are the "power house" of a cell continuously generating ATP to ensure its proper functioning. The constant production of ATP via oxidative phosphorylation demands a large electrochemical force that drives protons across the highly selective and low-permeable mitochondrial inner membrane. Besides the conventional role of generating ATP, mitochondria also play an active role in calcium signaling, generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), stress responses, and regulation of cell-death pathways...
October 26, 2016: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
Alencar Kolinski Machado, Ana Cristina Andreazza, Tatiane Morgana da Silva, Aline Augusti Boligon, Vanusa do Nascimento, Gustavo Scola, Angela Duong, Francine Carla Cadoná, Euler Esteves Ribeiro, Ivana Beatrice Mânica da Cruz
Neuropsychiatric diseases, such as bipolar disorder (BD) and schizophrenia (SCZ), have a very complex pathophysiology. Several current studies describe an association between psychiatric illness and mitochondrial dysfunction and consequent cellular modifications, including lipid, protein, and DNA damage, caused by cellular oxidative stress. Euterpe oleracea (açaí) is a powerful antioxidant fruit. Açaí is an Amazonian palm fruit primarily found in the lowlands of the Amazonian rainforest, particularly in the floodplains of the Amazon River...
2016: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
Stephanie R Wesolowski, Karim C El Kasmi, Karen R Jonscher, Jacob E Friedman
Changes in the maternal environment leading to an altered intrauterine milieu can result in subtle insults to the fetus, promoting increased lifetime disease risk and/or disease acceleration in childhood and later in life. Particularly worrisome is that the prevalence of NAFLD is rapidly increasing among children and adults, and is being diagnosed at increasingly younger ages, pointing towards an early-life origin. A wealth of evidence, in humans and non-human primates, suggests that maternal nutrition affects the placenta and fetal tissues, leading to persistent changes in hepatic metabolism, mitochondrial function, the intestinal microbiota, liver macrophage activation and susceptibility to NASH postnatally...
October 26, 2016: Nature Reviews. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Su Min Lim, Byung-Ok Choi, Seong-Il Oh, Won Jun Choi, Ki-Wook Oh, Minyeop Nahm, Yuanchao Xue, Jae Hyeok Choi, Ji Young Choi, Young-Eun Kim, Ki Wha Chung, Xiang-Dong Fu, Chang-Seok Ki, Seung Hyun Kim
Krabbe disease (KD) is an autosomal recessive neurodegenerative disorder caused by defective β-galactosylceramidase (GALC), a lysosomal enzyme responsible for cleavage of several key substrates including psychosine. Accumulation of psychosine to the cytotoxic levels in KD patients is thought to cause dysfunctions in myelinating glial cells based on a comprehensive study of demyelination in KD. However, recent evidence suggests myelin-independent neuronal death in the murine model of KD, thus indicating defective GALC in neurons as an autonomous mechanism for neuronal cell death in KD...
October 21, 2016: Oncotarget
Feng-Feng Cai, Cheng Xu, Xin Pan, Lu Cai, Xiao-Yan Lin, Su Chen, Ewelina Biskup
Cellular adaptive mechanisms are crucial for tumorigenesis and a common feature in solid tumor progression. Hypoxia-inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α) facilitates the biological response to hypoxia, advancing angiogenesis and metastatic potential of the tumor. The peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ coactivators 1α (PGC-1α) enhances mitochondrial biogenesis, favored by migratory/invasive cancer cells. We conducted a prospective, long-term follow up study to determine whether HIF-1α and PGC-1α can be implemented as predictive biomarker in breast cancer...
October 21, 2016: Oncotarget
Alessandra Gasior, Giulia Brisighelli, Karen Diefenbach, Victoria Alison Lane, Carlos Reck, Richard J Wood, Marc Levitt
Introduction Functional constipation is a common problem in children. It usually can be managed with laxatives but a small subset of patients develop intolerable cramps and need to be temporarily treated with enemas. The senior author has previously reported: 1) open sigmoid resection as a surgical option, but this did not sufficiently reduce the laxative need, then 2) a transanal approach (with resection of rectosigmoid), but this led to a high rate of soiling due to extensive stretching of the anal canal and loss of the rectal reservoir...
October 25, 2016: European Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Aviram Kogot-Levin, Ann Saada, Gil Leibowitz, Devorah Soiferman, Liza Douiev, Itamar Raz, Sarah Weksler-Zangen
Cytochrome-c-oxidase (COX) deficiency is a frequent cause of mitochondrial disease and is associated with a wide spectrum of clinical phenotypes. We studied mitochondrial function and biogenesis in fibroblasts derived from the Cohen (CDs) rat, an animal model of COX deficiency. COX activity in CDs-fibroblasts was 50% reduced compared to control rat fibroblasts (P<0.01). ROS-production in CDs fibroblasts increased, along with marked mitochondrial fragmentation and decreased mitochondrial membrane-potential, indicating mitochondrial dysfunction...
2016: PloS One
Kuan-Ho Lin, Chien-Liang Liu, Wei-Wen Kuo, Catherine Reena Paul, Wei-Kung Chen, Su-Ying Wen, Cecilia Hsuan Day, Hsi-Chin Wu, Vijaya Padma Viswanadha, Chih-Yang Huang
Cardiac trauma has been recognized as a complication associated with blunt chest trauma involving coronary artery injury, myocardium contusion and myocardial rupture. Secondary cardiac injuries after trauma supposed to be a critical factor in trauma patients, but the mechanism is not fully explored. Overproduction of TNF-alpha had been reported in multiple trauma animals, this induces oxidative stress resulting in cardiac apoptosis. Apoptosis gradually increases after trauma and reaches to a maximum level in 12 h time...
2016: PloS One
Changzheng Gao, Fen Wang, Zhiqiang Wang, Jing Zhang, Xiangjun Yang
The lactate signaling cascade has recently been linked to mitochondrial energy metabolism and cardiomyocyte apoptosis in several cardiovascular diseases. Asiatic acid (AA) exhibits a variety of pharmacological effects, including antioxidant and anti-apoptotic effects. In this study, we investigated the protective effects of AA against the lactate-induced apoptosis of cardiomyocytes, as well as its mechanisms of action. Neonatal rat cardiomyocytes were pre-treated with 20 µM AA for 24 h, followed by exposure to 20 mM lactate for a further 24 h...
October 20, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
R E Frye, S Rose, J Chacko, R Wynne, S C Bennuri, J C Slattery, M Tippett, L Delhey, S Melnyk, S G Kahler, D F MacFabe
Propionic acid (PPA) is a ubiquitous short-chain fatty acid, which is a major fermentation product of the enteric microbiome. PPA is a normal intermediate of metabolism and is found in foods, either naturally or as a preservative. PPA and its derivatives have been implicated in both health and disease. Whereas PPA is an energy substrate and has many proposed beneficial effects, it is also associated with human disorders involving mitochondrial dysfunction, including propionic acidemia and autism spectrum disorders (ASDs)...
October 25, 2016: Translational Psychiatry
Rui Zhang, Li Wen, Yan Shen, Na Shi, Zhihua Xing, Qing Xia, Hai Niu, Wen Huang
Acute pancreatitis (AP) is a painful inflammatory disorder of the exocrine pancreas, ranking as the most common gastrointestinal reasons for hospitalization with no specific therapy currently. Diosgenyl saponins extracted from natural products and diosgenin or its derivatives have been shown to exert anti-inflammatory effects in various diseases. However, the therapeutic effects of diosgenyl saponins from Dioscorea zingiberensis C. H. Wright in AP have not yet been determined. Five compounds were extracted and screened for taurocholate-induced necrosis in mouse pancreatic acinar cells...
October 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
Xiaole Wang, Fang He, Fei Yin, Chao Chen, Liwen Wu, Lifen Yang, Jing Peng
Leukoencephalopathies are diseases with high clinical heterogeneity. In clinical work, it's difficult for doctors to make a definite etiological diagnosis. Here, we designed a custom probe library which contains the known pathogenic genes reported to be associated with Leukoencephalopathies, and performed targeted gene capture and massively parallel sequencing (MPS) among 49 Chinese patients who has white matter damage as the main imaging changes, and made the validation by Sanger sequencing for the probands' parents...
October 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
Ai-Li Xu, Ming-Chun Jiang, Xiao-Han Chen, Wen-Fang Chen
Icariin is the major bioactive component of Epimedium and has been demonstrated to be a potential drug for age-related diseases. The present study was aimed to investigate the neuroprotective properties of icariin against 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium ion (MPP(+))-induced neurotoxicity in MES23.5 cells and the possible mechanisms. MTT assay showed that treatment with MPP(+) attenuated the cell viability in a dose-dependent manner in MES23.5 cells. Icariin pretreatment resulted in an enhancement of survival. Immunocytochemistry analysis revealed that icariin treatment attenuated MPP(+)-induced loss of tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) positive cells...
October 25, 2016: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
Félix Javier Jiménez-Jiménez, Hortensia Alonso-Navarro, María Trinidad Herrero, Elena García-Martín, José A G Agúndez
BACKGROUND: The pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease (PD) is not fully understood. Together with some important physiological functions in the Central Nervous System (CNS), nitric oxide (NO) can have both, neuroprotective or neurotoxic actions, depending on its redox state. An important body of evidence suggests the involvement of NO in many of the processes leading to neurodegeneration in several neurological disorders including PD. OBJECTIVE: The main aim of this review is to update the data regarding the possible involvement of NO in the pathogenesis of PD...
2016: Current Medicinal Chemistry
Gráinne S Gorman, Patrick F Chinnery, Salvatore DiMauro, Michio Hirano, Yasutoshi Koga, Robert McFarland, Anu Suomalainen, David R Thorburn, Massimo Zeviani, Douglass M Turnbull
Mitochondrial diseases are a group of genetic disorders that are characterized by defects in oxidative phosphorylation and caused by mutations in genes in the nuclear DNA (nDNA) and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) that encode structural mitochondrial proteins or proteins involved in mitochondrial function. Mitochondrial diseases are the most common group of inherited metabolic disorders and are among the most common forms of inherited neurological disorders. One of the challenges of mitochondrial diseases is the marked clinical variation seen in patients, which can delay diagnosis...
October 20, 2016: Nature Reviews. Disease Primers
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October 20, 2016: Nature Reviews. Disease Primers
Antonietta Franco, Richard N Kitsis, Julie A Fleischer, Evripidis Gavathiotis, Opher S Kornfeld, Guohua Gong, Nikolaos Biris, Ann Benz, Nir Qvit, Sara K Donnelly, Yun Chen, Steven Mennerick, Louis Hodgson, Daria Mochly-Rosen, Gerald W Dorn
Mitochondria are dynamic organelles, remodeling and exchanging contents during cyclic fusion and fission. Genetic mutations of mitofusin (Mfn) 2 interrupt mitochondrial fusion and cause the untreatable neurodegenerative condition, Charcot Marie Tooth disease type 2A (CMT2A). It has not been possible to directly modulate mitochondrial fusion, in part because the structural basis of mitofusin function is incompletely understood. Here we show that mitofusins adopt either a fusion-constrained or fusion-permissive molecular conformation directed by specific intramolecular binding interactions, and demonstrate that mitofusin-dependent mitochondrial fusion can be regulated by targeting these conformational transitions...
October 24, 2016: Nature
Jingjin Yang, Ting Wang, Yan Li, Wenxi Yao, Xiaoming Ji, Qiuyun Wu, Lei Han, Ruhui Han, Weiwen Yan, Jiali Yuan, Chunhui Ni
Silicosis is an occupational pulmonary fibrosis caused by inhalation of silica (SiO2) and there are no ideal drugs to treat this disease. Earthworm extract (EE), a natural nutrient, has been reported to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-apoptosis effects. The purpose of the current study was to test the protective effects of EE against SiO2-induced pulmonary fibrosis and to explore the underlying mechanisms using both in vivo and in vitro models. We found that treatment with EE significantly reduced lung inflammation and fibrosis and improved lung structure and function in SiO2-instilled mice...
October 24, 2016: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
Fereidoon Shahidi, Adriano Costa de Camargo
Edible oils are the major natural dietary sources of tocopherols and tocotrienols, collectively known as tocols. Plant foods with low lipid content usually have negligible quantities of tocols. However, seeds and other plant food processing by-products may serve as alternative sources of edible oils with considerable contents of tocopherols and tocotrienols. Tocopherols are among the most important lipid-soluble antioxidants in food as well as in human and animal tissues. Tocopherols are found in lipid-rich regions of cells (e...
October 20, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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