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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329820/hepatocellular-toxicity-of-imidazole-and-triazole-antimycotic-agents
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Patrizia Haegler, Lorenz Joerin, Stephan Krähenbühl, Jamal Bouitbir
Hepatotoxicity has been described for all antimycotic azoles currently marketed. A possible mechanism involving mitochondrial dysfunction has been postulated for ketoconazole, but not for the other azoles. The aim of the current investigations was to study the toxicity of different azoles in human cell models and to find out mechanisms of their toxicity. In HepG2 cells, posaconazole and ketoconazole were cytotoxic starting at 20 and 50 µM and decreased the cellular ATP content starting at 5 and 10 µM, respectively...
January 27, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329425/perpendicular-axes-of-differentiation-generated-by-mitochondrial-introgression
#2
Hernán E Morales, Paul Sunnucks, Leo Joseph, Alexandra Pavlova
Differential introgression of mitochondrial versus nuclear DNA generates discordant patterns of geographic variation and can promote population divergence and speciation. We examined a potential case of mitochondrial introgression leading to two perpendicular axes of differentiation. The Eastern Yellow Robin Eopsaltria australis, a widespread Australian bird, shows a deep mitochondrial split that is perpendicular to north-south nuclear DNA and plumage colour differentiation. We propose a scenario to explain this pattern: (1) the two nuclear and mitochondrial genomes differentiated in concert during north-south population divergence; (2) later, their histories disconnected after two mitochondrial introgression events resulting in a deep mitochondrial split perpendicular to the nuclear DNA structure...
March 22, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329339/interrelations-between-mitochondrial-dna-copy-number-and-inflammation-in-older-adults
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I-Chien Wu, Cheng-Chieh Lin, Chin-San Liu, Chih-Cheng Hsu, Ching-Yu Chen, Chao A Hsiung
Background: Interplays between inflammation and mitochondrial biology are reported. Here, we examined the cross-sectional interrelationships of mitochondrial DNA copy number (mtDNACN) and inflammation and their interaction with physical functioning. Methods: A total of 1990 community-dwelling adults aged 65 years and older who were participating in the Healthy Aging Longitudinal Study in Taiwan underwent measurements of peripheral-blood leukocytes MtDNACN, multiple inflammatory markers, grip strength, and gait speed...
March 11, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328323/an-adaptable-high-throughput-technology-enabling-the-identification-of-specific-transcription-modulators
#4
Tim Bergbrede, Emily Hoberg, Nils-Göran Larsson, Maria Falkenberg, Claes M Gustafsson
Mitochondria harbor the oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) system, which under aerobic conditions produces the bulk of cellular adenosine triphosphate (ATP). The mitochondrial genome encodes key components of the OXPHOS system, and it is transcribed by the mitochondrial RNA polymerase, POLRMT. The levels of mitochondrial transcription correlate with the respiratory activity of the cell. Therefore, compounds that can increase or decrease mitochondrial gene transcription may be useful for fine-tuning metabolism and could be used to treat metabolic diseases or certain forms of cancer...
April 2017: SLAS Discov
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328248/-a8344g-mitochondrial-dna-mutation-observed-in-two-generations
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Anett Fekete, Kinga Hadzsiev, Judit Bene, Antónia Nászai, Petra Mátyás, Ágnes Till, Béla Melegh
This article presents the case of a 62-year-old mother and her 41-year-old daughter, who have had severe neurological symptoms for a few decades. After a long investigation period the definite diagnosis of MERRF syndrome was confirmed. After DNA isolation from our patient's blood sample we examined the mitochondrial DNA with direct sequencing. An adenine-guanine substitution was detected in the tRNA gene at position 8344, based on the sequence ferogram the heteroplasmy was over 90%. The clinical phenotype was not clearly characteristic for MERRF syndrome, adult-onset and lipomas are not typical in this disease...
March 2017: Orvosi Hetilap
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327596/genetic-polymorphisms-of-54-mitochondrial-dna-snp-loci-in-chinese-xibe-ethnic-minority-group
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Chun-Mei Shen, Li Hu, Chun-Hua Yang, Cai-Yong Yin, Zhi-Dan Li, Hao-Tian Meng, Yu-Xin Guo, Ting Mei, Feng Chen, Bo-Feng Zhu
We analyzed the genetic polymorphisms of 54 mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) variants in Chinese Xibe ethnic minority group. A total of 137 unrelated healthy volunteers from Chinese Xibe group were the objects of our study. Among the selected loci, there were 51 variable positions including transitions and transversions, and single nucleotide transitions were common (83.93%) versus transversions. These variations defined 64 different mtDNA haplotypes exclusive of (CA)n and 9 bp deletion variation. The haplotype diversity and discrimination power in Xibe population were 0...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326634/influence-of-partial-or-total-replacement-of-glycerol-by-alternative-cryoprotectants-in-ghent-freezing-extender-on-post-thaw-sperm-quality-in-stallions
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R A De Oliveira, S Budik, C Aurich
Although glycerol is the cryoprotectant most commonly used in stallions, it has also a considerable toxicity for equine sperm. It was the aim of this study to analyse the quality of frozen-thawed stallion semen after complete or partial replacement of glycerol in the freezing extender by alternative cryoprotectants. We hypothesized that partial or total replacement of glycerol by cryoprotectants occurring in cold-resistant frog, insect or plant species results in similar or better semen quality after freezing-thawing...
March 21, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325970/making-the-most-of-your-host-the-metrosideros-feeding-psyllids-hemiptera-psylloidea-of-the-hawaiian-islands
#8
Diana M Percy
The Hawaiian psyllids (Psylloidea, Triozidae) feeding on Metrosideros (Myrtaceae) constitute a remarkable radiation of more than 35 species. This monophyletic group has diversified on a single, highly polymorphic host plant species, Metrosideros polymorpha. Eleven Metrosideros-feeding species included in the Insects of Hawaii by Zimmerman are redescribed, and an additional 25 new species are described. Contrary to previous classifications that placed the Metrosideros-feeders in two genera, Trioza Foerster, 1848 and Kuwayama Crawford, 1911, all 36 named species are placed in Pariaconus Enderlein, 1926; and the relationship of this genus to other Pacific taxa within the family Triozidae, and other Austro-Pacific taxa feeding on host plants in Myrtaceae is clarified...
2017: ZooKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325525/clinical-heterogeneity-of-glycine-encephalopathy-in-three-palestinian-siblings-a-novel-mutation-in-the-glycine-decarboxylase-gldc-gene
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Waseem Khraim, Bassam Abu-Libdeh, Suhail Ayesh, Imad Dweikat
INTRODUCTION: Glycine encephalopathy (GE), also known as non-ketotic hyperglycinemia (NKH), is a rare inborn error of glycine metabolism caused by a defect in glycine cleavage system, a multi-enzyme complex located in mitochondrial membrane. This defect results in elevated glycine concentration in plasma and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Clinical manifestations vary from severe lethargy, hypoactivity and apneic episodes in the neonatal form, mild or moderate psychomotor delay and seizures in the infantile form, and abnormal behaviors, ataxia and choreoathetoid movements in late onset form...
March 18, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324847/species-identification-in-forensic-samples-using-the-spindel-approach-a-ghep-isfg-inter-laboratory-collaborative-exercise
#10
Cíntia Alves, Rui Pereira, Lourdes Prieto, Mercedes Aler, Cesar R L Amaral, Cristina Arévalo, Gabriela Berardi, Florencia Di Rocco, Mariela Caputo, Cristian Hernandez Carmona, Laura Catelli, Heloísa Afonso Costa, Pavla Coufalova, Sandra Furfuro, Óscar García, Anibal Gaviria, Ana Goios, Juan José Builes Gómez, Alexis Hernández, Eva Del Carmen Betancor Hernández, Luís Miranda, David Parra, Susana Pedrosa, Maria João Anjos Porto, Maria de Lurdes Rebelo, Matteo Spirito, María Del Carmen Villalobos Torres, António Amorim, Filipe Pereira
DNA is a powerful tool available for forensic investigations requiring identification of species. However, it is necessary to develop and validate methods able to produce results in degraded and or low quality DNA samples with the high standards obligatory in forensic research. Here, we describe a voluntary collaborative exercise to test the recently developed Species Identification by Insertions/Deletions (SPInDel) method. The SPInDel kit allows the identification of species by the generation of numeric profiles combining the lengths of six mitochondrial ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene regions amplified in a single reaction followed by capillary electrophoresis...
March 7, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324764/enhancing-mitofusin-marf-ameliorates-neuromuscular-dysfunction-in-drosophila-models-of-tdp-43-proteinopathies
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Bilal Khalil, Marie-Jeanne Cabirol-Pol, Laetitia Miguel, Alexander J Whitworth, Magalie Lecourtois, Jean-Charles Liévens
Transactive response DNA-binding protein 43 kDa (TDP-43) is considered a major pathological protein in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal lobar degeneration. The precise mechanisms by which TDP-43 dysregulation leads to toxicity in neurons are not fully understood. Using TDP-43-expressing Drosophila, we examined whether mitochondrial dysfunction is a central determinant in TDP-43 pathogenesis. Expression of human wild-type TDP-43 in Drosophila neurons results in abnormally small mitochondria...
February 27, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324239/mtdna-maintenance-defects-syndromes-and-genes
#12
Carlo Viscomi, Massimo Zeviani
A large group of mitochondrial disorders, ranging from early-onset pediatric encephalopathic syndromes to late-onset myopathy with chronic progressive external ophthalmoplegia (CPEOs), are inherited as Mendelian disorders characterized by disturbed mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) maintenance. These errors of nuclear-mitochondrial intergenomic signaling may lead to mtDNA depletion, accumulation of mtDNA multiple deletions, or both, in critical tissues. The genes involved encode proteins belonging to at least three pathways: mtDNA replication and maintenance, nucleotide supply and balance, and mitochondrial dynamics and quality control...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323756/tdf-associated-renal-tubular-dysfunction-non-invasive-assessment-of-mitochondrial-injury
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Ryan Samuels, Carla Roca Bayerri, John A Sayer, D Ashley Price, Brendan Ai Payne
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether TDF-associated renal tubular dysfunction is associated with evidence of mitochondrial injury in urine. DESIGN: Single centre cross-sectional observational study of HIV positive outpatients. METHODS: Biochemistry was performed on paired serum and urine samples. Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) was studied by real-time PCR and long-range PCR on cellular fractions of urine. RESULTS: 48 subjects were enrolled of whom half were TDF-treated...
March 18, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323499/antiproliferative-activity-of-egg-yolk-peptides-in-human-colon-cancer-cells
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Marwa N Yousr, Akram A Aloqbi, Ulfat M Omar, Nazlin K Howell
Egg yolk peptides were successfully prepared from egg yolk protein by-products after lecithin extraction. Defatted egg yolk protein was hydrolyzed with pepsin and pancreatin and purified by gel filtration to produce egg yolk gel filtration fraction (EYGF-33) with antiproliferative activity. The highlight of this study was that the peptide EYGF-33 (1.0 mg/ml) significantly inhibits cell viability of colon cancer cells (Caco-2) with no inhibitory effects on the viability of human colon epithelial normal cells (HCEC) after 48 h...
March 21, 2017: Nutrition and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323069/minicircle-classes-heterogeneity-within-the-tciii-and-tciv-discrete-typing-units-of-trypanosoma-cruzi
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S Ortiz, G Osorio, A Solari
The taxon Trypanosoma cruzi, causative agent of Chagas disease, is composed of several discrete typing units (DTUs) named TcI-TcVI, and Tcbat. The history of the taxon T. cruzi is known, even though several controversial aspects remain as the relationships between TcIII and TcIV. We analyzed cloned T. cruzi stocks pertaining to the seven DTUs by filter hybridization tests of PCR amplicons from minicircle variable regions and kinetoplast DNA probes. Minicircle DNA blots from the cloned stocks and filter hybridization with one TcI, one TcII, one TcV, one TcVI, three TcIII, one TcIV from North America and one TcIV kinetoplast DNA probes from South America revealed minicircle variable region cross-reaction in some T...
March 16, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323003/pulsed-or-continuous-electromagnetic-field-induce-p53-p21-mediated-apoptotic-signaling-pathway-in-mouse-spermatogenic-cells-in-vitro-and-thus-may-affect-male-fertility
#16
Przemyslaw Solek, Lena Majchrowicz, Dominika Bloniarz, Ewelina Krotoszynska, Marek Koziorowski
The impact of electromagnetic field (EMF) on the human health and surrounding environment is a common topic investigated over the years. A significant increase in the electromagnetic field concentration arouses public concern about the long-term effects of EMF on living organisms associated with many aspects. In the present study, we investigated the effects of pulsed and continuous electromagnetic field (PEMF/CEMF) on mouse spermatogenic cell lines (GC-1 spg and GC-2 spd) in terms of cellular and biochemical features in vitro...
March 16, 2017: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322800/single-molecule-mtdna-fiber-fish-for-analyzing-numtogenesis
#17
Dal-Hoe Koo, Bhupendra Singh, Jiming Jiang, Bernd Friebe, Bikarm S Gill, Paul D Chastain, Upender Manne, Hemant K Tiwari, Keshav K Singh
Somatic human cells contains thousands of copies of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). In eukaryotes, natural transfer of mtDNA into the nucleus generates nuclear mitochondrial DNA (NUMT) copies in eukaryotes. We name this phenomenon as "numtogenesis". Numtogenesis is a well-established evolutionary process reported in various sequenced eukaryotic genomes. We have established a molecular tool to rapidly detect and analyze NUMT insertions in whole genomes. To date, NUMT analyses depend on deep genome sequencing combined with comprehensive computational analyses of the whole genome...
March 17, 2017: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322174/acanthocotyle-gurgesiella-n-sp-monogenea-acanthocotylidae-from-the-deep-sea-skate-gurgesiella-furvescens-rajidae-in-the-south-eastern-pacific
#18
L A Ñacari, F A Sepulveda, R Escribano, M E Oliva
Little is known about the diversity of parasites of the deep-sea fish of the world's oceans. Here, a new species of monogenean parasite of the deep-sea skate Gurgesiella furvescens is described. Specimens of parasites were obtained from the skin of two specimens of the dusky finless skate, G. furvescens (Rajidae), in the vicinity of Valparaiso (33°S, 72°W), central Chile, from midwater trawl fishing at depths of 350-450 m. Both morphological and molecular analyses were conducted to provide a full description of the new species, named Acanthocotyle gurgesiella...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Helminthology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321271/parkin-in-cancer-mitophagy-related-unrelated-tasks
#19
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Nabil Eid, Yoichi Kondo
Dysfunctional mitochondria may produce excessive reactive oxygen species, thus inducing DNA damage, which may be oncogenic if not repaired. As a major role of the PINK1-Parkin pathway involves selective autophagic clearance of damaged mitochondria via a process termed mitophagy, Parkin-mediated mitophagy may be a tumor-suppressive mechanism. As an alternative mechanism for tumor inhibition beyond mitophagy, Parkin has been reported to have other oncosuppressive functions such as DNA repair, negative regulation of cell proliferation and stimulation of p53 tumor suppressor function...
March 8, 2017: World Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320335/mitochondrial-mutations-in-maternally-inherited-hearing-loss
#20
Hideki Mutai, Takahisa Watabe, Kenjiro Kosaki, Kaoru Ogawa, Tatsuo Matsunaga
BACKGROUND: Although the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) mutations m.1555A > G and m.3243A > G are the primary causes of maternally inherited sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL), several other mtDNA mutations are also reported to be associated with SNHL. METHODS: Screening of m.1555A > G and m.3243A > G mutations was performed for 145 probands. Nine probands fulfilled the following criteria: 1) bilateral and symmetric SNHL, 2) ≥ 4 family members with SNHL with a maternal trait of inheritance in ≥ 2 generations, 3) onset of SNHL before the age of 40 years, 4) high-frequency SNHL, and 5) no record of environmental factors related to SNHL...
March 20, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
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