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Mitochondrial calcium uniporter

Kalimuthusamy Natarajaseenivasan, Bianca Cotto, Santhanam Shanmughapriya, Alyssa A Lombardi, Prasun K Datta, Muniswamy Madesh, John W Elrod, Kamel Khalili, Dianne Langford
Calcium (Ca2+ ) dynamics and oxidative signaling control mitochondrial bioenergetics in the central nervous system, where astrocytes are a major energy source for neurons. Cocaine use exacerbates HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders, but little is known about disruptions in astrocyte metabolism in this context. Our data show that the HIV protein Tat and cocaine induce a metabolic switch from glucose to fatty acid oxidation in astrocytes, thereby limiting lactate transport to neurons. Mechanistic analyses revealed increased Mitochondrial Ca2+ Uniporter (MCU)-mediated Ca2+ uptake in astrocytes exposed to Tat and cocaine due to oxidation of MCU...
March 16, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Cristina Mammucari, Anna Raffaello, Denis Vecellio Reane, Gaia Gherardi, Agnese De Mario, Rosario Rizzuto
Mitochondrial Ca2+ is involved in heterogeneous functions, ranging from the control of metabolism and ATP production to the regulation of cell death. In addition, mitochondrial Ca2+ uptake contributes to cytosolic [Ca2+ ] shaping thus impinging on specific Ca2+ -dependent events. Mitochondrial Ca2+ concentration is controlled by influx and efflux pathways: the former controlled by the activity of the mitochondrial Ca2+ uniporter (MCU), the latter by the Na+ /Ca2+ exchanger (NCLX) and the H+ /Ca2+ (mHCX) exchanger...
March 15, 2018: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
Huiling Wang, Menglan Zhao, Jialong Chen, Yixian Ren, Guanghai Wang, Wenjun Li, Fei Zou
Parkinson's disease (PD) is one of the most debilitating neurodegenerative disorders. The etiology of sporadic PD remains unknown. One prominent hypothesis is that impaired mitochondrial function may underlie slow and progressive neurodegeneration. Mitochondrial calcium uniporter (MCU) is a crucial component that regulates the intramitochondrial Ca level. Ca uptake to the mitochondria by MCU, resulting in activation of mitochondrial dehydrogenases and stimulation of ATP synthesis, but excessive Ca uptake to the mitochondria resulting in cell apoptosis...
March 13, 2018: Neuroreport
Debika Datta, Preeti Khatri, Ambika Singh, Dhira Rani Saha, Gaurav Verma, Rajagopal Raman, Shibnath Mazumder
Mycobacterium fortuitum is a natural fish pathogen. It induces apoptosis in headkidney macrophages (HKM) of catfish, Clarias sp though the mechanism remains largely unknown. We observed M. fortuitum triggers calcium (Ca2+ ) insult in the sub-cellular compartments which elicits pro-apototic ER-stress factor CHOP. Alleviating ER-stress inhibited CHOP and attenuated HKM apoptosis implicating ER-stress in the pathogenesis of M. fortuitum . ER-stress promoted calpain activation and silencing the protease inhibited caspase-12 activation...
December 2018: Cell Death Discovery
Maria Patron, Hans-Georg Sprenger, Thomas Langer
The function of mitochondria depends on ubiquitously expressed and evolutionary conserved m-AAA proteases in the inner membrane. These ATP-dependent peptidases form hexameric complexes built up of homologous subunits. AFG3L2 subunits assemble either into homo-oligomeric isoenzymes or with SPG7 (paraplegin) subunits into hetero-oligomeric proteolytic complexes. Mutations in AFG3L2 are associated with dominant spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA28) characterized by the loss of Purkinje cells, whereas mutations in SPG7 cause a recessive form of hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP7) with motor neurons of the cortico-spinal tract being predominantly affected...
February 16, 2018: Cell Research
Krishna Samanta, Gary R Mirams, Anant B Parekh
Mitochondrial Ca2+ homoeostasis regulates aerobic metabolism and cell survival. Ca2+ flux into mitochondria is mediated by the mitochondrial calcium uniporter (MCU) channel whereas Ca2+ export is often through an electrogenic Na+-Ca2+ exchanger. Here, we report remarkable functional versatility in mitochondrial Na+-Ca2+ exchange under conditions where mitochondria are depolarised. Following physiological stimulation of cell-surface receptors, mitochondrial Na+-Ca2+ exchange initially operates in reverse mode, transporting cytosolic Ca2+ into the matrix...
January 11, 2018: Nature Communications
Guangyan Wu, Shunjin Li, Guangning Zong, Xiaofen Liu, Shuang Fei, Linda Shen, Xiangchen Guan, Xue Yang, Yuequan Shen
Mitochondrial calcium uniporter (MCU) is the pore-forming subunit of the entire uniporter complex and plays an important role in mitochondrial calcium uptake. However, the single channel recording of MCU remains controversial. Here, we expressed and purified different MCU proteins and then reconstituted them into planar lipid bilayers for single channel recording. We showed that MCU alone from Pyronema omphalodes (pMCU) is active with prominent single channel Ca2+ currents. In sharp contrast, MCU alone from Homo sapiens (hMCU) is inactive...
January 4, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Noelia Lander, Miguel A Chiurillo, Mayara S Bertolini, Roberto Docampo, Aníbal E Vercesi
The presence of a conserved mechanism for mitochondrial calcium uptake in trypanosomatids was crucial for the molecular identification of the mitochondrial calcium uniporter (MCU), a long-sought channel present in most eukaryotic organisms. Since then, research efforts to elucidate the role of MCU and its regulatory elements in different biological models have multiplied. MCU is the pore-forming subunit of a multimeric complex (the MCU complex or MCUC) and its predicted structure in trypanosomes is simpler than in mammalian cells, lacking two of its subunits and probably possessing other unidentified components...
December 29, 2017: Cell Biology International
B Rita Alevriadou, Santhanam Shanmughapriya, Akshar Patel, Peter B Stathopulos, Muniswamy Madesh
Calcium (Ca2+) transport by mitochondria is an important component of the cell Ca2+ homeostasis machinery in metazoans. Ca2+ uptake by mitochondria is a major determinant of bioenergetics and cell fate. Mitochondrial Ca2+ uptake occurs via the mitochondrial Ca2+ uniporter (MCU) complex, an inner mitochondrial membrane protein assembly consisting of the MCU Ca2+ channel, as its core component, and the MCU complex regulatory/auxiliary proteins. In this review, we summarize the current knowledge on the molecular nature of the MCU complex and its regulation by intra- and extramitochondrial levels of divalent ions and reactive oxygen species (ROS)...
December 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
Sara C Sebag, Olha M Koval, John D Paschke, Christopher J Winters, Alejandro P Comellas, Isabella M Grumbach
Mitochondria are increasingly recognized as key mediators of acute cellular stress responses in asthma. However, the distinct roles of regulators of mitochondrial physiology on allergic asthma phenotypes are currently unknown. The mitochondrial Ca2+ uniporter (MCU) resides in the inner mitochondrial membrane and controls mitochondrial Ca2+ uptake into the mitochondrial matrix. To understand the function of MCU in models of allergic asthma, in vitro and in vivo studies were performed using models of functional deficiency or knockout of MCU...
January 15, 2018: Experimental Cell Research
Alexei Verkhratsky, Mohamed Trebak, Fabiana Perocchi, Daniel Khananshvili, Israel Sekler
NEW FINDINGS: What is the topic of this review? This paper overviews the links between Ca2+ and Na+ signalling in various types of cells. What advances does it highlight? This paper highlights the general importance of ionic signalling and overviews the molecular mechanisms linking Na+ and Ca2+ dynamics. In particular, the narrative focuses on the molecular physiology of plasmalemmal and mitochondrial Na+ -Ca2+ exchangers and plasmalemmal transient receptor potential channels. Functional consequences of Ca2+ and Na+ signalling for co-ordination of neuronal activity with astroglial homeostatic pathways fundamental for synaptic transmission are discussed...
February 1, 2018: Experimental Physiology
Rajarshi Chakrabarti, Wei-Ke Ji, Radu V Stan, Jaime de Juan Sanz, Timothy A Ryan, Henry N Higgs
Mitochondrial division requires division of both the inner and outer mitochondrial membranes (IMM and OMM, respectively). Interaction with endoplasmic reticulum (ER) promotes OMM division by recruitment of the dynamin Drp1, but effects on IMM division are not well characterized. We previously showed that actin polymerization through ER-bound inverted formin 2 (INF2) stimulates Drp1 recruitment in mammalian cells. Here, we show that INF2-mediated actin polymerization stimulates a second mitochondrial response independent of Drp1: a rise in mitochondrial matrix calcium through the mitochondrial calcium uniporter...
January 2, 2018: Journal of Cell Biology
Changhui Yu, Yuhao Wang, Jiawen Peng, Qiang Shen, Mimi Chen, Wei Tang, Xiumei Li, Chunqing Cai, Bin Wang, Shaoxi Cai, Xiaojing Meng, Fei Zou
Background: A shift from oxygen phosphorylation to aerobic glycolysis was known as the Warburg effect and a characteristic of cancer cell metabolism facilitating metastasis. Mitochondrial calcium uniporter (MCU), a key ion channel that mediates Ca(2+) uptake into mitochondria, was found to promote cancer progression and metastasis. However, its explicit role in shifting metabolism of breast cancer cells has not been defined. Methods: We evaluated MCU overexpression or knock-down on migration, invasion and glucose metabolismin breast cancer cells...
October 13, 2017: Oncotarget
Alexander G Bick, Hiroko Wakimoto, Kimberli J Kamer, Yasemin Sancak, Olga Goldberger, Anna Axelsson, Daniel M DeLaughter, Joshua M Gorham, Vamsi K Mootha, J G Seidman, Christine E Seidman
Comparative analyses of transcriptional profiles from humans and mice with cardiovascular pathologies revealed consistently elevated expression of MICU2 , a regulatory subunit of the mitochondrial calcium uniporter complex. To determine if MICU2 expression was cardioprotective, we produced and characterized Micu2 -/- mice. Mutant mice had left atrial enlargement and Micu2 -/- cardiomyocytes had delayed sarcomere relaxation and cytosolic calcium reuptake kinetics, indicating diastolic dysfunction. RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) of Micu2 -/- ventricular tissues revealed markedly reduced transcripts encoding the apelin receptor ( Micu2 -/- vs...
October 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Tania Zaglia, Paola Ceriotti, Antonio Campo, Giulia Borile, Andrea Armani, Pierluigi Carullo, Valentina Prando, Raffaele Coppini, Vladimiro Vida, Tomas O Stølen, Wisløff Ulrik, Elisabetta Cerbai, Giovanni Stellin, Giuseppe Faggian, Diego De Stefani, Marco Sandri, Rosario Rizzuto, Fabio Di Lisa, Tullio Pozzan, Daniele Catalucci, Marco Mongillo
The mitochondrial Ca(2+) uniporter complex (MCUC) is a multimeric ion channel which, by tuning Ca(2+) influx into the mitochondrial matrix, finely regulates metabolic energy production. In the heart, this dynamic control of mitochondrial Ca(2+) uptake is fundamental for cardiomyocytes to adapt to either physiologic or pathologic stresses. Mitochondrial calcium uniporter (MCU), which is the core channel subunit of MCUC, has been shown to play a critical role in the response to β-adrenoreceptor stimulation occurring during acute exercise...
October 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Hanan E Shamseldin, Ali Alasmari, Mohammed A Salih, Manar M Samman, Shahid A Mian, Tarfa Alshidi, Niema Ibrahim, Mais Hashem, Eissa Faqeih, Futwan Al-Mohanna, Fowzan S Alkuraya
Mitochondrial calcium homeostasis is a tightly controlled process that is required for a variety of cellular functions. The mitochondrial calcium uniporter complex plays a critical role in this process. MICU2 is a major component of the mitochondrial calcium uniporter complex and its deficiency has been shown to impair mitochondrial calcium [Ca2+]m homeostasis although the exact mechanism remains unclear. We used exome sequencing, positional mapping, and functional characterization of MICU2 deficiency to investigate the role of MICU2 in calcium homeostasis...
November 1, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
Tengyao Song, Yun-Min Zheng, Yong-Xiao Wang
Hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction (HPV) occurs during both fetal and postnatal development and plays a critical role in matching regional alveolar perfusion with ventilation in humans and animals. HPV also contributes significantly to the development of pulmonary hypertension. Although the molecular mechanisms of HPV and pulmonary hypertension remain incompletely understood, increasing evidence demonstrates that hypoxia induces an elevated intracellular reactive oxygen species concentration ([ROS]i) in pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells (PASMCs)...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Manish Verma, Jason Callio, P Anthony Otero, Israel Sekler, Zachary P Wills, Charleen T Chu
Mutations in leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2) contribute to development of late-onset familial Parkinson's disease (PD), with clinical features of motor and cognitive dysfunction indistinguishable from sporadic PD. Calcium dysregulation plays an important role in PD pathogenesis, but the mechanisms of neurodegeneration remain unclear. Recent reports indicate enhanced excitatory neurotransmission in cortical neurons expressing mutant LRRK2, which occurs before the well-characterized phenotype of dendritic shortening...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Constanze Depp, Carlos Bas-Orth, Lisa Schroeder, Andrea Hellwig, Hilmar Bading
AIMS: Excitotoxicity triggered by extrasynaptic N-methyl-d-aspartate-type glutamate receptors has been implicated in many neurodegenerative conditions, including Alzheimer's disease, Huntington's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and stroke. Mitochondrial calcium overload leading to mitochondrial dysfunction represents an early event in excitotoxicity. Neurons are rendered resistant to excitotoxicity by previous periods of synaptic activity that activates a nuclear calcium-driven neuroprotective gene program...
November 14, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
Salah Sommakia, Patrick R Houlihan, Sadiki S Deane, Judith A Simcox, Natalia S Torres, Mi-Young Jeong, Dennis R Winge, Claudio J Villanueva, Dipayan Chaudhuri
Calcium (Ca(2+)) influx into the mitochondrial matrix stimulates ATP synthesis. Here, we investigate whether mitochondrial Ca(2+) transport pathways are altered in the setting of deficient mitochondrial energy synthesis, as increased matrix Ca(2+) may provide a stimulatory boost. We focused on mitochondrial cardiomyopathies, which feature such dysfunction of oxidative phosphorylation. We study a mouse model where the main transcription factor for mitochondrial DNA (transcription factor A, mitochondrial, Tfam) has been disrupted selectively in cardiomyocytes...
December 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
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