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Zhen Bao, Weijun Chen, Fan Pan, Bo Peng, Jin Gong
The purpose of the present study was to investigate the effect of breviscapine injection on hepatic ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury in rats. To explore the relevance and discuss the underlying mechanism of mitofusin 2 (Mfn2) in hepatic I/R injury, 40 Sprague-Dawley male rats were randomly and equally divided into five groups (n=8 per group) as follows: Sham, I/R + normal saline 1 (NS1), I/R + breviscapine 1 (Bre1), I/R + NS2 and I/R + Bre2 groups. Groups 1 and 2 represented ischemia for 20 and 60 min, respectively...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Summer J Rozzi, Valeria Avdoshina, Jerel A Fields, Italo Mocchetti
Human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV) infection of the central nervous system promotes neuronal injury that culminates in HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders. Viral proteins, including transactivator of transcription (Tat), have emerged as leading candidates to explain HIV-mediated neurotoxicity, though the mechanisms remain unclear. Tat transgenic mice or neurons exposed to Tat, which show neuronal loss, exhibit smaller mitochondria as compared to controls. To provide an experimental clue as to which mechanisms are used by Tat to promote changes in mitochondrial morphology, rat cortical neurons were exposed to Tat (100 nM) for various time points...
December 2018: Cell Death Discovery
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
Ángel M Martínez-Montes, Almudena Fernández, María Muñoz, Jose Luis Noguera, Josep M Folch, Ana I Fernández
One of the major limitation for the application of QTL results in pig breeding and QTN identification has been the limited number of QTL effects validated in different animal material. The aim of the current work was to validate QTL regions through joint and specific genome wide association and haplotype analyses for growth, fatness and premier cut weights in three different genetic backgrounds, backcrosses based on Iberian pigs, which has a major role in the analysis due to its high productive relevance. The results revealed nine common QTL regions, three segregating in all three backcrosses on SSC1, 0-3 Mb, for body weight, on SSC2, 3-9 Mb, for loin bone-in weight, and on SSC7, 3 Mb, for shoulder weight, and six segregating in two of the three backcrosses, on SSC2, SSC4, SSC6 and SSC10 for backfat thickness, shoulder and ham weights...
2018: PloS One
Pedro J Tomaselli, Mahima Kapoor, Andrea Cortese, James M Polke, Alexander M Rossor, Mary M Reilly
Mutations in mitofusin 2 (MFN2) are the most common cause of axonal Charcot Marie Tooth disease (CMT2) (Polke; 2011). Additional features known to occasionally occur with MFN2-related disorders are optic atrophy, pyramidal signs, scoliosis and deafness (Zuchner, 2006; Feely, 2011; Bombelli, 2014). Cognitive impairment has been reported in a small number of patients with MFN2 mutations (Del Bo, 2008; Genari, 2011; Tufano, 2015).
March 9, 2018: Journal of the Peripheral Nervous System: JPNS
Haojuan Jia, Jia Shi, Shu'an Dong, Yuan Zhang, Jianbo Yu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of heme oxygenase-1/carbon monoxide (HO-1/CO) pathway on mitochondrial fusion in rat alveolar epithelial type II cells (AEC II) stimulated by lipopolysaccharide (LPS). METHODS: Once the cultured in vitro rat AEC II cells line RLE-6TN reached confluency of 85%, they were subcultured and randomly divided into seven groups (n = 5 each). RLE-6TN cells were routinely cultured in control group. The cells in LPS group was stimulated with 10 mg/L LPS to reproduce the model of endotoxin challenge in AECII cells...
March 2018: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
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
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
Lifang Lv, Tianyu Li, Xuelian Li, Chaoqian Xu, Qiushuang Liu, Hua Jiang, Yingnan Li, Yingqi Liu, He Yan, Qihe Huang, Yuhong Zhou, Mingyu Zhang, Hongli Shan, Haihai Liang
Cardiac hypertrophy accompanied by maladaptive cardiac remodeling is the uppermost risk factor for the development of heart failure. Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) and microRNAs (miRNAs) have various biological functions, and their vital role in the regulation of cardiac hypertrophy still needs to be explored. In this study, we demonstrated that lncRNA Plscr4 was upregulated in hypertrophic mice hearts and in angiotensin II (Ang II)-treated cardiomyocytes. Next, we observed that overexpression of Plscr4 attenuated Ang II-induced cardiomyocyte hypertrophy...
March 2, 2018: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
Prabir Kumar Chakraborty, Brennah Murphy, Soumyajit Banerjee Mustafi, Anindya Dey, Xunhao Xiong, Geeta Rao, Sarwat Naz, Min Zhang, Da Yang, Danny N Dhanasekaran, Resham Bhattacharya, Priyabrata Mukherjee
Deregulation of mitochondrial morphogenesis, a dynamic equilibrium between mitochondrial fusion and fission processes, is now evolving as a key metabolic event that fuels tumor growth and therapy resistance. However, fundamental knowledge underpinning how cancer cells reprogram mitochondrial morphogenesis remains incomplete. Here, we report that cystathionine β-synthase (CBS) reprograms mitochondrial morphogenesis in ovarian cancer (OvCa) cells by selectively regulating the stability of mitofusin 2 (MFN2)...
March 1, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Jean-Philippe Leduc-Gaudet, Olivier Reynaud, François Chabot, Jocelyne Mercier, David E Andrich, David H St-Pierre, Gilles Gouspillou
Multiple aspects of mitochondrial function and dynamics remain poorly studied in the skeletal muscle of pediatric models in response to a short-term high-fat diet (HFD). This study investigated the impact of a short-term HFD on mitochondrial function and dynamics in the oxidative soleus (SOL) and glycolytic extensor digitorum longus (EDL) muscles in young rats. Young male Wistar rats were submitted to either HFD or normal chow (NCD) diets for 14 days. Permeabilized myofibers from SOL and EDL were prepared to assess mitochondrial respiration and reactive oxygen species (ROS) production...
February 2018: Physiological Reports
Jessica Sacks, Anny Mulya, Ciaran E Fealy, Hazel Huang, John D Mosinski, Mangesh R Pagadala, Hideharu Shimizu, Esam Batayyah, Philip R Schauer, Stacy A Brethauer, John P Kirwan
Bariatric surgery provides significant and durable improvements in glycemic control and hepatic steatosis, but the underlying mechanisms that drive improvements in these metabolic parameters remain to be fully elucidated. Recently, alterations in mitochondrial morphology have shown a direct link to nutrient adaptations in obesity. Here, we evaluate the effects of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) surgery on markers of liver mitochondrial dynamics in a diet-induced obesity Sprague-Dawley (SD) rat model. Livers were harvested from adult male SD rats 90-days after either Sham or RYGB surgery and continuous high-fat feeding...
February 2018: Physiological Reports
Jonathan Ausman, Joelcio Abbade, Leonardo Ermini, Abby Farrell, Andrea Tagliaferro, Martin Post, Isabella Caniggia
Mitochondria are in a constant balance of fusing and dividing in response to cellular cues. Fusion creates healthy mitochondria, whereas fission results in removal of non-functional organelles. Changes in mitochondrial dynamics typify several human diseases. However, the contribution of mitochondrial dynamics to preeclampsia, a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy characterized by placental cell autophagy and death, remains unknown. Herein, we show that the mitochondrial dynamic balance in preeclamptic placentae is tilted toward fission (increased DRP1 expression/activation and decreased OPA1 expression)...
February 20, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Judith Hagenbuchner, Sabine Scholl-Buergi, Daniela Karall, Michael J Ausserlechner
Children diagnosed with Long-Chain-3-Hydroxy-Acyl-CoA-Dehydrogenase-Deficiency (LCHADD) or Very-Long-Chain-3-Hydroxy-Acyl-CoA-Dehydrogenase-Deficiency (VLCADD) frequently present with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or muscle weakness which is caused by the accumulation of fatty acid metabolites due to inactivating mutations in the mitochondrial trifunctional protein. By analyzing mitochondrial morphology we uncovered that mutations within the HADHA or the ACADVL gene not only affect fatty acid oxidation, but also cause significant changes in the DNM1L/MFN2 ratio leading to the significant accumulation of truncated and punctate mitochondria in contrast to network-like mitochondrial morphology in controls...
February 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Giselli Scaini, João Quevedo, Dawn Velligan, David L Roberts, Henriette Raventos, Consuelo Walss-Bass
Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is seen more frequently in persons with schizophrenia than in the general population, and these metabolic abnormalities are further aggravated by second generation antipsychotic (SGA) drugs. Although the underlying mechanisms responsible for the increased prevalence of MetS among patients under SGA treatment are not well understood, alterations in mitochondria function have been implicated. We performed a comprehensive evaluation of the role of mitochondrial dysfunction in the pathophysiology of drug-induced MetS in schizophrenia...
February 12, 2018: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
Hongzhu Yan, Chengmin Qiu, Weiwei Sun, Minmin Gu, Feng Xiao, Jue Zou, Li Zhang
Gastric cancer is the fifth most common cancer worldwide and Hippo-Yap is the novel signaling pathway which plays an important role in gastric cancer tumor development and progression. However, little insight is available to date regarding the specific role of Yes-associated protein (Yap) in gastric cancer. In the present study, we identified the mechanism through which Yap sustains gastric cancer viability and migration. Yap was greatly upregulated in gastric cancer cells and its expression promoted cellular migration and survival...
February 7, 2018: Oncology Reports
Thomas G Biel, V Ashutosh Rao
Molecules designed to target and accumulate in the mitochondria are an emerging therapeutic approach for cancer and other indications. Mitochondria-targeted redox agents (MTAs) induce mitochondrial damage and autophagy in cancer cells. However, the mechanisms for these molecules to induce mitophagy, the clearance of damaged mitochondria, are largely unknown. Using breast derived cell lines and a series of targeted molecules, mitochondrial dysfunction and autophagy was established to be selective for MDA-MB-231 cancer cells as compared to the non-cancerous MCF-12A cells...
January 2, 2018: Oncotarget
Maria Manczak, Ramesh Kandimalla, Xiangling Yin, P Hemachandra Reddy
The purpose of our study was to determine the toxic effects of hippocampal mutant APP and amyloid beta (Aβ) in 12-month-old APP transgenic mice. Using rotarod and Morris Water Maze tests, immunoblotting & immunofluorescence, Golgi-cox staining and transmission electron microscopy, we assessed cognitive behavior, protein levels of synaptic, autophagy, mitophagy, mitochondrial dynamics, biogenesis, dendritic protein MAP2, and quantified dendritic spines and mitochondrial number and length in 12-month-old APP mice that express swedish mutation...
February 1, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
Shuichuan Huang, Zhibo Chen, Weibin Wu, Mian Wang, Rui Wang, Jin Cui, Wen Li, Shenming Wang
MicroRNA (miR)-31 serves a key role in various biological processes, including tumor development, angiogenesis and inflammation. Whether miR-31 is involved in the pathological processes of arteriosclerosis obliterans (ASO) remains to be elucidated, as does the mechanism of miR-31 regulation of arterial smooth muscle cells (ASMCs). In the present study, miR-31 expression was detected by reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction and in situ hybridization, and was significantly upregulated in human ASO arterial walls compared with normal arterial walls (P<0...
January 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Sirui Jiang, Priya Nandy, Wenzhang Wang, Xiaopin Ma, Jeffrey Hsia, Chunyu Wang, Zhenlian Wang, Mengyue Niu, Sandra L Siedlak, Sandy Torres, Hisashi Fujioka, Ying Xu, Hyoung-Gon Lee, George Perry, Jun Liu, Xiongwei Zhu
BACKGROUND: Mitochondria are the organelles responsible for energy metabolism and have a direct impact on neuronal function and survival. Mitochondrial abnormalities have been well characterized in Alzheimer Disease (AD). It is believed that mitochondrial fragmentation, due to impaired fission and fusion balance, likely causes mitochondrial dysfunction that underlies many aspects of neurodegenerative changes in AD. Mitochondrial fission and fusion proteins play a major role in maintaining the health and function of these important organelles...
February 1, 2018: Molecular Neurodegeneration
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