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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324847/species-identification-in-forensic-samples-using-the-spindel-approach-a-ghep-isfg-inter-laboratory-collaborative-exercise
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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/28324490/assessment-of-mitophagy-in-ips-cell-derived-neurons
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Kei-Ichi Ishikawa, Akihiro Yamaguchi, Hideyuki Okano, Wado Akamatsu
Aberrant mitochondrial function is associated with many neurological diseases. Mitophagy is a key mechanism for the elimination of damaged mitochondria and maintenance of mitochondrial homeostasis. Induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell technologies developed over the last decade have allowed us to analyze functions of the human neuron. Here we describe an efficient induction method from human iPS cells to neurons, followed by an image-based mitophagy assay.
March 22, 2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319176/insight-into-the-mechanism-of-action-of-temporin-sha-a-new-broad-spectrum-antiparasitic-and-antibacterial-agent
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Zahid Raja, Sonia André, Feten Abbassi, Vincent Humblot, Olivier Lequin, Tahar Bouceba, Isabelle Correia, Sandra Casale, Thierry Foulon, Denis Sereno, Bruno Oury, Ali Ladram
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are promising drugs to kill resistant pathogens. In contrast to bacteria, protozoan parasites, such as Leishmania, were little studied. Therefore, the antiparasitic mechanism of AMPs is still unclear. In this study, we sought to get further insight into this mechanism by focusing our attention on temporin-SHa (SHa), a small broad-spectrum AMP previously shown to be active against Leishmania infantum. To improve activity, we designed analogs of SHa and compared the antibacterial and antiparasitic mechanisms...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306370/genetic-diversity-of-atp8-and-atp6-genes-is-associated-with-high-altitude-adaptation-in-yak
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Jie Wang, Yu Shi, Mauricio A Elzo, Shuzhang Dang, Xianbo Jia, Songjia Lai
ATP synthase 8 (ATP8) and ATPase synthase 6 (ATP6) play an important role in mitochondrial ATPase assembly. Mutations in either of these units could affect the ATP processing and the respiration chain in mitochondria. To find out if there were differences in gene diversity between Tibetan yaks and domestic cattle, we sequenced the ATP8 and ATP6 genes in 66 Tibetan yaks and 81 domestic cattle. We identified 20 SNPs in the ATP8 gene and 60 SNPs in the ATP6 gene. Ten SNPs detected in ATP8 were probably positively associated with high-altitude adaptation, of which SNPs m...
March 17, 2017: Mitochondrial DNA. Part A. DNA Mapping, Sequencing, and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303003/effects-of-high-intensity-interval-training-and-moderate-intensity-continuous-training-on-glycaemic-control-and-skeletal-muscle-mitochondrial-function-in-db-db-mice
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Vivien Chavanelle, Nathalie Boisseau, Yolanda F Otero, Lydie Combaret, Dominique Dardevet, Christophe Montaurier, Geoffrey Delcros, Sébastien L Peltier, Pascal Sirvent
Physical activity is known as an effective strategy for prevention and treatment of Type 2 Diabetes. The aim of this work was to compare the effects of a traditional Moderate Intensity Continuous Training (MICT) with a High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) on glucose metabolism and mitochondrial function in diabetic mice. Diabetic db/db male mice (N = 25) aged 6 weeks were subdivided into MICT, HIIT or control (CON) group. Animals in the training groups ran on a treadmill 5 days/week during 10 weeks...
March 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300620/catabolism-of-gaba-succinic-semialdehyde-or-gamma-hydroxybutyrate-through-the-gaba-shunt-impair-mitochondrial-substrate-level-phosphorylation
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Dora Ravasz, Gergely Kacso, Viktoria Fodor, Kata Horvath, Vera Adam-Vizi, Christos Chinopoulos
GABA is catabolized in the mitochondrial matrix through the GABA shunt, encompassing transamination to succinic semialdehyde followed by oxidation to succinate by the concerted actions of GABA transaminase (GABA-T) and succinic semialdehyde dehydrogenase (SSADH), respectively. Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is a neurotransmitter and a psychoactive drug that could enter the citric acid cycle through transhydrogenation with α-ketoglutarate to succinic semialdehyde and d-hydroxyglutarate, a reaction catalyzed by hydroxyacid-oxoacid transhydrogenase (HOT)...
March 11, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300533/membranes-energetics-and-evolution-across-the-prokaryote-eukaryote-divide
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Michael Lynch, Georgi K Marinov
The evolution of the eukaryotic cell marked a profound moment in Earth's history, with most of the visible biota coming to rely on intracellular membrane-bound organelles. It has been suggested that this evolutionary transition was critically dependent on the movement of ATP synthesis from the cell surface to mitochondrial membranes and the resultant boost to the energetic capacity of eukaryotic cells. However, contrary to this hypothesis, numerous lines of evidence suggest that eukaryotes are no more bioenergetically efficient than prokaryotes...
March 16, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297675/unconventional-targeting-of-a-thiol-peroxidase-to-the-mitochondrial-intermembrane-space-facilitates-oxidative-protein-folding
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Paraskevi Kritsiligkou, Afroditi Chatzi, Georgia Charalampous, Aleksandr Mironov, Chris M Grant, Kostas Tokatlidis
Thiol peroxidases are conserved hydrogen peroxide scavenging and signaling molecules that contain redox-active cysteine residues. We show here that Gpx3, the major H2O2 sensor in yeast, is present in the mitochondrial intermembrane space (IMS), where it serves a compartment-specific role in oxidative metabolism. The IMS-localized Gpx3 contains an 18-amino acid N-terminally extended form encoded from a non-AUG codon. This acts as a mitochondrial targeting signal in a pathway independent of the hitherto known IMS-import pathways...
March 14, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294175/the-age-associated-loss-of-ischemic-preconditioning-in-the-kidney-is-accompanied-by-mitochondrial-dysfunction-increased-protein-acetylation-and-decreased-autophagy
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Stanislovas S Jankauskas, Irina B Pevzner, Nadezda V Andrianova, Ljubava D Zorova, Vasily A Popkov, Denis N Silachev, Nataliya G Kolosova, Egor Y Plotnikov, Dmitry B Zorov
In young rats, ischemic preconditioning (IPC), which consists of 4 cycles of ischemia and reperfusion alleviated kidney injury caused by 40-min ischemia. However,old rats lost their ability to protect the ischemic kidney by IPC. A similar aged phenotype was demonstrated in 6-month-old OXYS rats having signs of premature aging. In the kidney of old and OXYS rats, the levels of acetylated nuclear proteins were higher than in young rats, however, unlike in young rats, acetylation levels in old and OXYS rats were further increased after IPC...
March 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293876/changes-in-the-mitochondrial-function-and-in-the-efficiency-of-energy-transfer-pathways-during-cardiomyocyte-aging
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Kersti Tepp, Marju Puurand, Natalja Timohhina, Jasper Adamson, Aleksandr Klepinin, Laura Truu, Igor Shevchuk, Vladimir Chekulayev, Tuuli Kaambre
The role of mitochondria in alterations that take place in the muscle cell during healthy aging is a matter of debate during recent years. Most of the studies in bioenergetics have a focus on the model of isolated mitochondria, while changes in the crosstalk between working myofibrils and mitochondria in senescent cardiomyocytes have been less studied. The aim of our research was to investigate the modifications in the highly regulated ATP production and energy transfer systems in heart cells in old rat cardiomyocytes...
March 14, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290498/inhibition-of-leukotriene-b4-receptor-1-attenuates-lipopolysaccharide-induced-cardiac-dysfunction-role-of-ampk-regulated-mitochondrial-function
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Meng Sun, Rui Wang, Qinghua Han
Leukotriene B4 (LTB4)-mediated leukocyte recruitment and inflammatory cytokine production make crucial contributions to chronic inflammation and sepsis; however, the role of LTB4 in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced cardiac dysfunction remains unclear. Therefore, the present study addressed this issue using an LTB4 receptor 1 (BLT1) inhibitor. Administration of LPS to mice resulted in decreased cardiovascular function. Inhibition of LTB4/BLT1 with the BLT1 inhibitor U75302 significantly improved survival and attenuated the LPS-induced acute cardiac dysfunction...
March 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288383/effect-of-methoxy-group-position-on-biological-properties-of-18-f-labeled-benzyl-triphenylphosphonium-cations
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Shuting Chen, Zuoquan Zhao, Ying Zhang, Wei Fang, Jie Lu, Xianzhong Zhang
INTRODUCTION: (18)F-labeled phosphonium cations targeting mitochondrial membrane potential would be promising for positron emission tomography (PET) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI). The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of additional methoxy group and its different positions on myocardium uptake and pharmacokinetics properties of (18)F-labeled benzyl triphenylphosphonium cations. METHOD: In this study, three novel (18)F-labeled phosphonium cations, [(18)F]4-(fluoromethyl)benzyltris(4-methoxyphenyl) phosphonium cation (1b), [(18)F]4-(fluoromethyl)benzyltris(2-methoxyphenyl) phosphonium cation (2b) and [(18)F]4-(fluoromethyl)benzyltris(3-methoxyphenyl) phosphonium cation (3b), were efficiently prepared by a One-Pot method starting from the substitution of non-carried-added fluoride-18...
February 24, 2017: Nuclear Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286432/decreased-uptake-and-enhanced-mitochondrial-protection-underlie-reduced-toxicity-of-nanoceria-in-human-monocyte-derived-macrophages
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Salik Hussain, Preeti P Kodavanti, Jamie D Marshburn, Agnes Janoshazi, Stella M Marinakos, Margaret George, Annette Rice, Mark R Wiesner, Stavros Garantziotis
Cerium dioxide nanoparticles (nanoceria), currently used as catalysts including additives to diesel fuel, also present potential as a novel therapeutic agent for disorders involving oxidative stress. However, little is known about the effects of nanoceria on primary human cells involved in the innate immune response. Here, we evaluate nanoceria effects on monocyte derived macrophages (MDMs) from healthy human subjects. Peripheral blood monocytes were isolated from healthy human volunteers. MDMs were obtained by maturing monocytes over a five-day period...
December 2016: Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281651/sprint-interval-but-not-continuous-exercise-increases-pgc-1%C3%AE-protein-content-and-p53-phosphorylation-in-nuclear-fractions-of-human-skeletal-muscle
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Cesare Granata, Rodrigo S F Oliveira, Jonathan P Little, Kathrin Renner, David J Bishop
Sprint interval training has been reported to induce similar or greater mitochondrial adaptations to continuous training. However, there is limited knowledge about the effects of different exercise types on the early molecular events regulating mitochondrial biogenesis. Therefore, we compared the effects of continuous and sprint interval exercise on key regulatory proteins linked to mitochondrial biogenesis in subcellular fractions of human skeletal muscle. Nineteen men, performed either 24 min of moderate-intensity continuous cycling at 63% of WPeak (CE), or 4 × 30-s "all-out" cycling sprints (SIE)...
March 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281027/proteasome-inhibitors-against-amelanotic-melanoma
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Justyna Sidor-Kaczmarek, Mirosława Cichorek, Jan Henryk Spodnik, Sławomir Wójcik, Janusz Moryś
The incidence of malignant melanoma, the most aggressive skin cancer, is increasing constantly. Despite new targeted therapies, the prognosis for patients with metastatic disease remains poor. Thus, there is a need for new combinational treatments, and antineoplastic agents potentially valuable in this approach are inhibitors of the ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS). In this work, we analyze the cytotoxicity mechanisms of proteasome inhibitors (MG-132, epoxomicin, and lactacystin) in a specific form of melanoma which does not synthesize melanin-the amelanotic melanoma (Ab cells)...
March 9, 2017: Cell Biology and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279520/metabolic-modulators-in-heart-disease-past-present-and-future
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Gary D Lopaschuk
Ischemic heart disease and heart failure are leading causes of mortality and morbidity worldwide. They continue to be major burden on health care systems throughout the world, despite major advances made over the past 40 years in developing new therapeutic approaches to treat these debilitating diseases. A potential therapeutic approach that has been underutilized in treating ischemic heart disease and heart failure is "metabolic modulation." Major alterations in myocardial energy substrate metabolism occur in ischemic heart disease and heart failure, and are associated with an energy deficit in the heart...
December 21, 2016: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277956/reduced-mitochondrial-efficiency-explains-mismatched-growth-and-metabolic-rate-at-supraoptimal-temperatures
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Eloy Martinez, Michael A Menze, Salvatore J Agosta
The relationship between whole-organism growth and metabolism is generally assumed to be positive and causative; higher metabolic rates support higher growth rates. In Manduca sexta, existing data demonstrate a deviation from this simple prediction: at supraoptimal temperatures for larval growth, metabolic rate keeps increasing while growth rate is decreasing. This mismatch presumably reflects the rising "cost of maintenance" with temperature. Precisely what constitutes this cost is not clear, but we suspect the efficiency with which mitochondria harness oxygen and organic substrates into cellular energy (ATP) is key...
March 2017: Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: PBZ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277611/e-subgroup-ppr-protein-defective-kernel-36-is-required-for-multiple-mitochondrial-transcripts-editing-and-seed-development-in-maize-and-arabidopsis
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Gang Wang, Mingyu Zhong, Bilian Shuai, Jiandong Song, Jie Zhang, Liang Han, Huiling Ling, Yuanping Tang, Guifeng Wang, Rentao Song
Mitochondria are semi-autonomous organelles that are the powerhouse of the cells. Plant mitochondrial RNA editing guided by pentatricopeptide repeat (PPR) proteins is essential for energy production. We identify a maize defective kernel mutant dek36, which produces small and collapsed kernels, leading to embryos and/or seedlings lethality. Seed filling in dek36 is drastically impaired, in line with the defects observed in the organization of endosperm transfer tissue. Positional cloning reveals that DEK36, encoding a mitochondria-targeted E+ subgroup PPR protein, is required for mitochondrial RNA editing at atp4-59, nad7-383 and ccmFN -302, thus resulting in decreased activities of mitochondrial complex I, complex III and complex IV in dek36...
March 9, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276453/igf-1-potentiates-sensory-innervation-signalling-by-modulating-the-mitochondrial-fission-fusion-balance
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Yuan Ding, Jianmin Li, Zhen Liu, Huaxiang Liu, Hao Li, Zhenzhong Li
Restoring the contractile function of long-term denervated skeletal muscle (SKM) cells is difficult due to the long period of denervation, which causes a loss of contractility. Although sensory innervation is considered a promising protective approach, its effect is still restricted. In this study, we introduced insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) as an efficient protective agent and observed that IGF-1 potentiated the effects of sensory protection by preventing denervated muscle atrophy and improving the condition of denervated muscle cells in vivo and in vitro...
March 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276032/identification-of-disease-causing-mutations-by-functional-complementation-of-patient-derived-fibroblast-cell-lines
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Laura S Kremer, Holger Prokisch
Diagnosis of mitochondrial disorders is still hampered by their phenotypic and genotypic heterogeneity. In many cases, exome sequencing, the state-of-the-art method for genetically diagnosing mitochondrial disease patients, does not allow direct identification of the disease-associated gene but rather results in a list of variants in candidate genes. Here, we present a method to validate the disease-causing variant based on functional complementation assays. First, cell lines expressing a wild-type cDNA of the candidate genes are generated by lentiviral infection of patient-derived fibroblasts...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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