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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924745/hypertonia-linked-protein-trak1-functions-with-mitofusins-to-promote-mitochondrial-tethering-and-fusion
#1
Crystal A Lee, Lih-Shen Chin, Lian Li
Hypertonia is a neurological dysfunction associated with a number of central nervous system disorders, including cerebral palsy, Parkinson's disease, dystonia, and epilepsy. Genetic studies have identified a homozygous truncation mutation in Trak1 that causes hypertonia in mice. Moreover, elevated Trak1 protein expression is associated with several types of cancers and variants in Trak1 are linked to childhood absence epilepsy in humans. Despite the importance of Trak1 in health and disease, the mechanisms of Trak1 action remain unclear and the pathogenic effects of Trak1 mutation are unknown...
September 18, 2017: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923829/estrogen-deprivation-aggravates-cardiac-hypertrophy-in-non-obese-type-2-diabetic-goto-kakizaki-gk-rats
#2
Nattayaporn Apaijai, Narattaphol Charoenphandhu, Jitjiroj Ittichaichareon, Panan Suntornsaratoon, Nateetip Krishnamra, Ratchaneevan Aeimlapa, Siriporn C Chattipakorn, Nipon Chattipakorn
Both type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and estrogen deprivation have been shown to be associated with the development of cardiovascular disease and adverse cardiac remodeling.  However, the role of estrogen deprivation on adverse cardiac remodeling in non-obese T2DM rats has not been clearly elucidated.  We hypothesized that estrogen-deprivation aggravates adverse cardiac remodeling in Goto-Kakizaki (GK) rats.  Wild-type (WT) and GK rats at the age of 9 months old were divided into 2 subgroups to have either a sham operation (WTS, GKS) or a bilateral ovariectomy (WTO, GKO) (n=6/subgroup)...
September 18, 2017: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911913/phosphatidic-acid-and-cardiolipin-coordinate-mitochondrial-dynamics
#3
REVIEW
Shoichiro Kameoka, Yoshihiro Adachi, Koji Okamoto, Miho Iijima, Hiromi Sesaki
Membrane organelles comprise both proteins and lipids. Remodeling of these membrane structures is controlled by interactions between specific proteins and lipids. Mitochondrial structure and function depend on regulated fusion and the division of both the outer and inner membranes. Here we discuss recent advances in the regulation of mitochondrial dynamics by two critical phospholipids, phosphatidic acid (PA) and cardiolipin (CL). These two lipids interact with the core components of mitochondrial fusion and division (Opa1, mitofusin, and Drp1) to activate and inhibit these dynamin-related GTPases...
September 11, 2017: Trends in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904083/assessing-the-effects-of-mitofusin-2-deficiency-in-the-adult-heart-using-3d-electron-tomography
#4
Siavash Beikoghli Kalkhoran, Andrew R Hall, Ian J White, Jackie Cooper, Qiao Fan, Sang-Bing Ong, Sauri Hernández-Reséndiz, Hector Cabrera-Fuentes, Kroekkiat Chinda, Bibhas Chakraborty, Gerald W Dorn, Derek M Yellon, Derek J Hausenloy
The effects of mitofusin 2 (MFN2) deficiency, on mitochondrial morphology and the mitochondria-junctional sarcoplasmic reticulum (jSR) complex in the adult heart, have been previously investigated using 2D electron microscopy, an approach which is unable to provide a 3D spatial assessment of these imaging parameters. Here, we use 3D electron tomography to show that MFN2-deficient mitochondria are larger in volume, more elongated, and less rounded; have fewer mitochondria-jSR contacts, and an increase in the distance between mitochondria and jSR, when compared to WT mitochondria...
September 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28881757/antagonistic-effects-of-selenium-on-cadmium-induced-apoptosis-by-restoring-the-mitochondrial-dynamic-equilibrium-and-energy-metabolism-in-chicken-spleens
#5
Zhe Xu, Xi Jin, Tingru Pan, Tianqi Liu, Na Wan, Shu Li
The aim of this study was to investigate the mechanism of cadmium-induced apoptosis in chicken spleens and the antagonistic effects of selenium. We duplicated the selenium-cadmium interaction model and examined the expression of apoptosis-, immune-, mitochondrial dynamics- and energy metabolism-related genes. The results demonstrated that after treatment with cadmium, the frequency of apoptosis was significantly increased, and the morphological characteristics of apoptosis were observed. The expression of pro-apoptotic genes was increased, and that of anti-apoptotic genes was decreased...
August 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28860650/a-membrane-inserted-structural-model-of-the-yeast-mitofusin-fzo1
#6
Dario De Vecchis, Laetitia Cavellini, Marc Baaden, Jérôme Hénin, Mickaël M Cohen, Antoine Taly
Mitofusins are large transmembrane GTPases of the dynamin-related protein family, and are required for the tethering and fusion of mitochondrial outer membranes. Their full-length structures remain unknown, which is a limiting factor in the study of outer membrane fusion. We investigated the structure and dynamics of the yeast mitofusin Fzo1 through a hybrid computational and experimental approach, combining molecular modelling and all-atom molecular dynamics simulations in a lipid bilayer with site-directed mutagenesis and in vivo functional assays...
August 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859443/imbalance-in-mitochondrial-dynamics-and-apoptosis-in-pregnancies-among-hiv-infected-women-on-haart-with-obstetric-complications
#7
Mariona Guitart-Mampel, A Sandra Hernandez, Constanza Moren, Marc Catalan-Garcia, Ester Tobias, Ingrid Gonzalez-Casacuberta, Diana L Juarez-Flores, Josep M Gatell, Francesc Cardellach, Jose C Milisenda, Josep M Grau, Eduard Gratacos, Francesc Figueras, Gloria Garrabou
Background: HIV infection and HAART trigger genetic and functional mitochondrial alterations leading to cell death and adverse clinical manifestations. Mitochondrial dynamics enable mitochondrial turnover and degradation of damaged mitochondria, which may lead to apoptosis. Objectives: To evaluate markers of mitochondrial dynamics and apoptosis in pregnancies among HIV-infected women on HAART and determine their potential association with obstetric complications...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28827061/disruption-of-the-mitochondria-associated-er-membrane-mam-plays-a-central-role-in-palmitic-acid-induced-insulin-resistance
#8
Satoko Shinjo, Shuying Jiang, Masaaki Nameta, Tomohiro Suzuki, Mai Kanai, Yuta Nomura, Nobuhito Goda
The mitochondria-associated ER membrane (MAM) is a specialized subdomain of ER that physically connects with mitochondria. Although disruption of inter-organellar crosstalk via the MAM impairs cellular homeostasis, its pathological significance in insulin resistance in type 2 diabetes mellitus remains unclear. Here, we reveal the importance of reduced MAM formation in the induction of fatty acid-evoked insulin resistance in hepatocytes. Palmitic acid (PA) repressed insulin-stimulated Akt phosphorylation in HepG2 cells within 12hours...
August 4, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815519/over-six-decades-of-discovery-and-characterization-of-the-architecture-at-mitochondria-associated-membranes-mams
#9
Maria Sol Herrera-Cruz, Thomas Simmen
The discovery of proteins regulating ER-mitochondria tethering including phosphofurin acidic cluster sorting protein 2 (PACS-2) and mitofusin-2 has pushed contact sites between the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and mitochondria into the spotlight of cell biology. While the field is developing rapidly and controversies have come and gone multiple times during its history, it is sometimes overlooked that significant research has been done decades ago with the original discovery of these structures in the 1950s and the first characterization of their function (and coining of the term mitochondria-associated membrane, MAM) in 1990...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810241/molecular-epidemiology-of-charcot-marie-tooth-disease-in-northern-ostrobothnia-finland-a-population-based-study
#10
Maria Marttila, Laura Kytövuori, Seppo Helisalmi, Mika Kallio, Marjo Laitinen, Mikko Hiltunen, Mikko Kärppä, Kari Majamaa
BACKGROUND: Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease is the most common hereditary neuromuscular disorder with a population prevalence of 9.7-82.3/100,000. In this study, we have estimated the prevalence of CMT and its subtypes in Finland and examined the frequency of molecular etiologies. METHODS: A population-based survey included adult patients with peripheral neuropathy from the province of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Secondary causes of peripheral polyneuropathy were excluded and patients with clinical and neurophysiological features pertinent with CMT were included...
August 16, 2017: Neuroepidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807237/mitochondrial-dysfunctions-in-bladder-cancer-exploring-their-role-as-disease-markers-and-potential-therapeutic-targets
#11
REVIEW
Antonella Cormio, Francesca Sanguedolce, Clara Musicco, Vito Pesce, Giuseppe Calò, Pantaleo Bufo, Giuseppe Carrieri, Luigi Cormio
Bladder cancer (BC) is a major cause of mortality worldwide as it currently lacks fully reliable markers of disease outcome and effective molecular targets for therapy. Mitochondria play a key role in cell metabolism but the role of mitochondrial dysfunctions in BC has been scarcely investigated. In this review, we explored current evidence for the potential role of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) alterations (point mutations and copy number) as disease markers in BC. Some germline mtDNA mutations detectable in blood could represent a non-invasive tool to predict the risk of developing BC...
September 2017: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772265/microrna-214-affects-fibroblast-differentiation-of-adipose-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-by-targeting-mitofusin-2-during-pelvic-floor-dysfunction-in-sd-rats-with-birth-trauma
#12
Jing Wu, Jiang Li, Wei-Kang Chen, Shang Liu, Jian-He Liu, Jing-Song Zhang, Ke-Wei Fang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: This study investigated whether microRNA-214 (miR-214) targets mitofusin-2 (Mfn2) in the process of fibroblast differentiation of adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ADMSCs) during pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) in Sprague Dawley (SD) rats with birth trauma. METHODS: The ADMSCs were isolated from 4-6 week male SD rats (n = 20) and were cultured and divided into the blank, miR-214 mimic negative control (NC), miR-214 mimic, miR-214 inhibitor NC, miR-214 inhibitor, empty vector, Mfn2 over-expression and miR-214 + Mfn2 over-expression groups...
August 3, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761019/effects-of-trimetazidine-on-mitochondrial-respiratory-function-biosynthesis-and-fission-fusion-in-rats-with-acute-myocardial-ischemia
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Wen Shi, Wenfeng Shangguan, Yue Zhang, Can Li, Guangping Li
OBJECTIVE: Myocardial ischemia affects mitochondrial functions, leading to ionic imbalance and susceptibility to ventricular fibrillation. Trimetazidine, a metabolic agent, is clinically used in anti-anginal therapy. METHODS: In this study, the rats were orally treated by gavage with trimetazidine 10 mg/kg/d for 7 days, and the effects of trimetazidine on mitochondrial respiratory function, biosynthesis, and fission/fusion in rats with acute myocardial ischemia were evaluated...
July 25, 2017: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760600/hypothalamic-mitochondrial-abnormalities-occur-downstream-of-inflammation-in-diet-induced-obesity
#14
Rodrigo S Carraro, Gabriela F Souza, Carina Solon, Daniela S Razolli, Bruno Chausse, Roberta Barbizan, Sheila C Victorio, Licio A Velloso
Hypothalamic dysfunction is a common feature of experimental obesity. Studies have identified at least three mechanisms involved in the development of hypothalamic neuronal defects in diet-induced obesity: i, inflammation; ii, endoplasmic reticulum stress; and iii, mitochondrial abnormalities. However, which of these mechanisms is activated earliest in response to the consumption of large portions of dietary fats is currently unknown. Here, we used immunoblot, real-time PCR, mitochondrial respiration assays and transmission electron microscopy to evaluate markers of inflammation, endoplasmic reticulum stress and mitochondrial abnormalities in the hypothalamus of Swiss mice fed a high-fat diet for up to seven days...
July 28, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758339/mitofusin-1-and-optic-atrophy-1-shift-metabolism-to-mitochondrial-respiration-during-aging
#15
Jyung Mean Son, Ehab H Sarsour, Anurag Kakkerla Balaraju, Jenna Fussell, Amanda L Kalen, Brett A Wagner, Garry R Buettner, Prabhat C Goswami
Replicative and chronological lifespan are two different modes of cellular aging. Chronological lifespan is defined as the duration during which quiescent normal cells retain their capacity to re-enter the proliferative cycle. This study investigated whether changes in metabolism occur during aging of quiescent normal human fibroblasts (NHFs) and the mechanisms that regulate these changes. Bioenergetics measurements were taken in quiescent NHFs from younger (newborn, 3-day, 5-month, and 1-year) and older (58-, 61-, 63-, 68-, and 70-year) healthy donors as well as NHFs from the same individual at different ages (29, 36, and 46 years)...
October 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748372/training-and-acute-exercise-modulates-mitochondrial-dynamics-in-football-players-blood-mononuclear-cells
#16
Carla Busquets-Cortés, Xavier Capó, Miquel Martorell, Josep A Tur, Antoni Sureda, Antoni Pons
PURPOSE: Regular physical activity induces oxidative stress but also causes adaptations in antioxidant defences including the nuclear factor κB (NF-κB) pathway, which activates target genes related to antioxidant defences such as uncoupling proteins (UCPs), and mitochondrial biogenesis mediated by peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma coactivator 1-alpha (PGC-1α). The aim of the study was to determine the effect of long-term training and acute exercise on oxidant/antioxidant status and the expression of mitochondrial biogenesis genes in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs)...
July 26, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743390/baicalin-attenuates-in-vivo-and-in-vitro-hyperglycemia-exacerbated-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-by-regulating-mitochondrial-function-in-a-manner-dependent-on-ampk
#17
Shanshan Li, Xiaoxu Sun, Lixing Xu, Ruoxi Sun, Zhanqiang Ma, Xueyang Deng, Baolin Liu, Qiang Fu, Rong Qu, Shiping Ma
Cerebral ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) is a lethal and disabling disease. Studies have suggested that hyperglycemia is a risk factor for cerebral I/R. Baicalin is a natural bioactive flavonoid extracted from Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi with neuroprotective activity. In the present study, we investigated the effects of baicalin on hyperglycemia-exacerbated cerebral I/R injury. Streptozotocin (STZ) injection aggravated the brain damage induced by middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) surgery, while baicalin administration reduced blood glucose, relieved neurological deficit and decreased infarct volume...
July 22, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742858/reduction-of-endoplasmic-reticulum-mitochondria-interactions-in-beta-cells-from-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
#18
Charles Thivolet, Guillaume Vial, Romeo Cassel, Jennifer Rieusset, Anne-Marie Madec
Type 2 diabetes develops when beta cells are not able to fulfill insulin needs. The role of the endoplasmic reticulum-mitochondria junction in coordinating the functions of these two organelles throughout the natural history of type 2 diabetes is determinant and may explain the alterations of insulin biosynthesis. Our goal was to study endoplasmic reticulum and mitochondrial interactions in human beta cells from organ donors with type 2 diabetes. Pancreas samples were obtained via the network for pancreatic organ donors with diabetes (nPOD) based on disease status with 12 subjects with type 2 diabetes and 9 non-diabetic controls...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729638/inhibition-of-microrna-214-promotes-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-process-and-induces-interstitial-cystitis-in-postmenopausal-women-by-upregulating-mfn2
#19
Jian-Wei Lv, Wei Wen, Chen Jiang, Qi-Bo Fu, Yin-Jun Gu, Ting-Ting Lv, Zhen-Dong Li, Wei Xue
Our study aims to investigate the roles that microRNA-214 (miR-214) plays in the epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT) process and the development of interstitial cystitis (IC) in postmenopausal women by targeting Mitofusin 2 (Mfn2). IC bladder tissues and adjacent normal bladder tissues were collected from postmenopausal women. Immunohistochemistry (IHC) staining was conducted. The target relationship between miR-214 and Mfn2 was determined by a dual luciferase reporter gene assay. Adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ADMSCs) were extracted from postmenopausal rats and assigned to the blank, mimics, miR-214 inhibitors, mimics negative control (NC), inhibitors NC, Mfn2 siRNA, miR-214 inhibitors and Mfn2 siRNA groups...
July 21, 2017: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729291/stimulator-of-ifn-genes-mediated-dna-sensing-pathway-is-suppressed-by-nlrp3-agonists-and-regulated-by-mitofusin-1-and-tbc1d15-mitochondria-dynamics-mediators
#20
Dohyeong Kwon, Eunbyeol Park, Suk-Jo Kang
The stimulator of IFN genes (STING)-mediated DNA-sensing pathway plays an important role in the innate immune response to pathogen infection, autoimmunity, and cancer; however, its regulatory mechanism has not been fully elucidated, and we do not yet know whether the STING pathway is counter-regulated by other innate immune pathways. Here, we show that the NLRP3-activating agonists, ATP and nigericin, prevent STING pathway activation in association with mitochondrial fragmentation; however, the suppression of the STING pathway and mitochondria fission were not dependent on NLRP3 or potassium efflux...
July 20, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
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