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Hsing-Hua Tsai, Shao-Chiang Chang, Cheng-Hsien Chou, Tzu-Pin Weng, Chih-Chin Hsu, Jong-Shyan Wang
This study elucidates how interval and continuous exercise regimens affect the mitochondrial functionality of lymphocytes under hypoxic stress. Sixty healthy sedentary males were randomly assigned to engage in either high-intensity interval training (HIIT, 3 min intervals at 80% and 40% VO2max, n = 20) or moderate-intensity continuous training (MICT, sustained 60% VO2max, n = 20) for 30 min/day, 5 days/week for 6 weeks or were assigned to a control group that did not receive exercise intervention (n = 20)...
October 12, 2016: Scientific Reports
Philippe Codron, Arnaud Chevrollier, Mariame Selma Kane, Andoni Echaniz-Laguna, Philippe Latour, Pascal Reynier, Dominique Bonneau, Christophe Verny, Vincent Procaccio, Guy Lenaers, Julien Cassereau
Charcot-Marie-Tooth type 2A disease (CMT2A) is an inherited peripheral neuropathy mainly caused by mutations in the MFN2 gene coding for the mitochondrial fusion protein Mitofusin 2. Although the disease is mainly inherited in a dominant fashion, few cases of early-onset autosomal recessive CMT2A (AR-CMT2A) have been reported in recent years. In this study, we characterized the structure of mitochondrial network in cultured primary fibroblasts obtained from AR-CMT2A family members. The patient-derived cells showed an increase of the mitochondrial fusion with large connected networks and an increase of the mitochondrial volume...
October 5, 2016: Journal of the Peripheral Nervous System: JPNS
Carla Busquets-Cortés, Xavier Capó, Miquel Martorell, Josep A Tur, Antoni Sureda, Antoni Pons
Exercise training induces adaptations in mitochondrial metabolism, dynamics, and oxidative protection. Omega-3 fatty acids change membrane lipid composition and modulate mitochondrial function. The aim was to investigate the effect of 8-week training and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) supplementation (1.14 g/day) on the mitochondria dynamics and antioxidant status in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from sportsmen. Subjects were assigned to an intervention (N = 9) or placebo groups (N = 7) in a randomized double-blind trial...
2016: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
Kathleen Atkins, Asish Dasgupta, Kuang-Hueih Chen, Jeff Mewburn, Stephen L Archer
Mitochondrial morphology is governed by the balance of mitochondrial fusion, mediated by mitofusins and optic atrophy 1 (OPA1), and fission, mediated by dynamin-related protein 1 (Drp1). Disordered mitochondrial dynamics alters metabolism, proliferation, apoptosis and mitophagy, contributing to human diseases, including neurodegenerative syndromes, pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), cancer and ischemia/reperfusion injury. Post-translational regulation of Drp1 (by phosphorylation and SUMOylation) is an established means of modulating Drp1 activation and translocation to the outer mitochondrial membrane (OMM)...
November 1, 2016: Clinical Science (1979-)
Rostyslav Horbay, Rostyslav Bilyy
Mitochondria are the cell's power plant that must be in a proper functional state in order to produce the energy necessary for basic cellular functions, such as proliferation. Mitochondria are 'dynamic' in that they are constantly undergoing fission and fusion to remain in a functional state throughout the cell cycle, as well as during other vital processes such as energy supply, cellular respiration and programmed cell death. The mitochondrial fission/fusion machinery is involved in generating young mitochondria, while eliminating old, damaged and non-repairable ones...
September 23, 2016: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
Deborah Naon, Marta Zaninello, Marta Giacomello, Tatiana Varanita, Francesca Grespi, Sowmya Lakshminaranayan, Annalisa Serafini, Martina Semenzato, Stephanie Herkenne, Maria Isabel Hernández-Alvarez, Antonio Zorzano, Diego De Stefani, Gerald W Dorn, Luca Scorrano
The discovery of the multiple roles of mitochondria-endoplasmic reticulum (ER) juxtaposition in cell biology often relied upon the exploitation of Mitofusin (Mfn) 2 as an ER-mitochondria tether. However, this established Mfn2 function was recently questioned, calling for a critical re-evaluation of Mfn2's role in ER-mitochondria cross-talk. Electron microscopy and fluorescence-based probes of organelle proximity confirmed that ER-mitochondria juxtaposition was reduced by constitutive or acute Mfn2 deletion...
October 4, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Zheng Lu, Sujun Li, Shunxin Zhao, Xianen Fa
BACKGROUND Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a fatal disease characterized by impaired regulation of pulmonary artery vascular growth and remodeling. Aberrant expression of miR-17 has been shown to be involved in the pathogenesis of PAH, but its underlying molecular mechanism has not been elucidated. MATERIAL AND METHODS Mitofusin 2 (MFN2) expression was determined by qRT-PCR. The protein expression levels of MFN2, proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA), and pro-apoptotic protein cleaved Caspase-3 were measured using Western blot analysis...
2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Li Ma, Yueping Liu, Cuizhi Geng, Xiaowei Qi, Jun Jiang
Following the publication of this article, an interested reader drew to our attention an anomaly associated with Fig. 2, which presented the results of a wound‑healing assay performed to determine whether estradiol (E2) was able to exert an influence on MCF‑7 cell migration. Specifically, in comparing the 'Control' and the '10‑8/mol/l' panels, the data for the 'Control' panel had erroneously been included as the '10‑8/mol/l' panel, albeit the latter panel appeared in a slightly reorientated position and was stretched longitudinally...
September 16, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
Wenwen Li, Tao Sun, Beibei Liu, Di Wu, Wenfeng Qi, Xianhua Wang, Qi Ma, Heping Cheng
Mitochondria are highly dynamic organelles undergoing constant network reorganization and exhibiting stochastic signaling events in the form of mitochondrial flashes (mitoflashes). Here we investigate whether and how mitochondrial network dynamics regulate mitoflash biogenesis and signaling. We found that mitoflash frequency was largely invariant when network fragmentized or redistributed in the absence of mitofusin (Mfn) 1, Mfn2, or Kif5b. However, Opa1 deficiency decreased spontaneous mitoflash frequency due to superimposing changes in respiratory function, whereas mitoflash response to non-metabolic stimulation was unchanged despite network fragmentation...
2016: Scientific Reports
David Sebastián, Antonio Zorzano
A long-standing quest is to define the mechanisms responsible for the mitochondrial dysfunction and accumulation of damaged mitochondria that occur during aging. Indeed, those defects are considered major contributors to the aging process. We have analyzed the effect of aging on the muscle expression of Mfn2 and the impact of Mfn2 ablation on muscle function. Our findings reveal that Mfn2 is repressed in muscle during aging, and that is a determinant for the inhibition of autophagy, and mitochondrial quality control, which lead to the accumulation of damaged mitochondria...
August 30, 2016: Autophagy
Xiaoxiang Guan, Lu Wang, Zhenhong Liu, Xiaofei Guo, Ying Lu, Yanli Peng, Tianhua Liu, Baofeng Yang, Hongli Shan, Yong Zhang, Chaoqian Xu
Pathological cardiac hypertrophy is a main factor leading to heart failure and associated sudden death. Improved understanding of the underlying molecular mechanisms should aid better treatment of the disease. This study aimed to test our hypothesis that a microRNA miR-106a played an important role in the development of cardiac hypertrophy through targeting mitofusin 2 (Mfn2), a mitochondrial fusion protein known to be critical in regulating cardiac function. miR-106a was robustly upregulated in hypertrophied myocardium both in vivo and in vitro...
August 23, 2016: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
Dong Wang, Guo-Dong Li, Deng-Feng Zhang, Ling Xu, Xiao-An Li, Xiu-Feng Yu, Heng Long, Yu-Ye Li, Yong-Gang Yao
Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae (M. leprae), which has massive genomic decay and dependence on host metabolism. Accumulating evidence showed a crucial role of mitochondria in metabolism and innate immunity. We hypothesized that the mitochondrial-related antimicrobial/antiviral immune genes MAVS (mitochondrial antiviral signaling protein), MITA (mediator of IRF3 activation) and MFN2 (mitofusin 2) would confer a risk to leprosy. In this study, we performed a case-control study to analyze 11 tag and/or non-synonymous SNPs of the MAVS, MITA and MFN2 genes in 527 leprosy patients and 583 healthy individuals, and directly sequenced the three genes in 80 leprosy patients with a family history from Yunnan, Southwest China...
August 21, 2016: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
Du Fang, Shijun Yan, Qing Yu, Doris Chen, Shirley ShiDu Yan
Mitochondria are essential dynamic organelles for energy production. Mitochondria dynamically change their shapes tightly coupled to fission and fusion. Imbalance of fission and fusion can cause deficits in mitochondrial respiration, morphology and motility. Mfn2 (mitofusin 2), a mitochondrial membrane protein that participates in mitochondrial fusion in mammalian cells, contributes to the maintenance and operation of the mitochondrial network. Due to lack of applicable model systems, the mechanisms and involvement of mitochondria in neurogenesis in human brain cells have not been well explored...
2016: Scientific Reports
Gábor Koncsos, Zoltán V Varga, Tamás Baranyai, Kerstin Boengler, Susanne Rohrbach, Ling Li, Klaus-Dieter Schlüter, Rolf Schreckenberg, Tamás Radovits, Attila Oláh, Csaba Mátyás, Árpád Lux, Mahmoud Al-Khrasani, Tímea Komlódi, Nóra Bukosza, Domokos Máthé, László Deres, Monika Barteková, Tomáš Rajtík, Adriana Adameová, Krisztián Szigeti, Péter Hamar, Zsuzsanna Helyes, László Tretter, Pál Pacher, Béla Merkely, Zoltán Giricz, Rainer Schulz, Péter Ferdinandy
Although incidence and prevalence of prediabetes are increasing, little is known about its cardiac effects. Therefore, our aim was to investigate the effect of prediabetes on cardiac function and to characterize parameters and pathways associated with deteriorated cardiac performance. Long-Evans rats were fed with either control or high-fat chow for 21 wk and treated with a single low dose (20 mg/kg) of streptozotocin at week 4 High-fat and streptozotocin treatment induced prediabetes as characterized by slightly elevated fasting blood glucose, impaired glucose and insulin tolerance, increased visceral adipose tissue and plasma leptin levels, as well as sensory neuropathy...
October 1, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Jing-Hua Zhang, Teng Zhang, Si-Hua Gao, Ke Wang, Xiu-Yan Yang, Fang-Fang Mo, Na Yu, Tian An, Yu-Feng Li, Ji-Wei Hu, Guang-Jian Jiang
Mitofusin-2 (Mfn2) is essential for embryonic development, anti-apoptotic events, protection against free radical-induced lesions, and mitochondrial fusion in many cells. However, little is known about its mechanism and function during oocyte maturation. In this study, we found that Mfn2 was expressed in the cytoplasm during different stages of mouse oocyte maturation. Mfn2 was mainly associated with α-tubulin during oocyte maturation. Knockdown of Mfn2 by specific siRNA injection into oocytes caused the mitochondrial morphology and quantity to change, resulting in severely defective spindles and misaligned chromosomes...
2016: Scientific Reports
Néstor Prieto-Domínguez, Raquel Ordóñez, Anna Fernández, Carolina Méndez-Blanco, Anna Baulies, Carmen Garcia-Ruiz, José C Fernández-Checa, José L Mauriz, Javier González-Gallego
Effects of sorafenib in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) are frequently transient due to tumor-acquired resistance, a phenotype that could be targeted by other molecules to reduce this adaptive response. Because melatonin is known to exert antitumor effects in HCC cells, this study investigated whether and how melatonin reduces resistance to sorafenib. Susceptibility to sorafenib (10 nmol/L to 50 μmol/L) in the presence of melatonin (1 and 2 mmol/L) was assessed in HCC cell lines HepG2, HuH7, and Hep3B. Cell viability was reduced by sorafenib from 1 μmol/L in HepG2 or HuH7 cells, and 2...
October 2016: Journal of Pineal Research
Qun Liu, Lina Kang, Lingjuan Wang, Ling Zhang, Wenpei Xiang
Mitofusin-2 (Mfn2), one of the mitochondrial dynamic proteins plays a key role in maintaining the integrity of mitochondrial morphology and function. However, it is unknown if Mfn2 influences the quality of oocytes in the process of development by modulating mitochondrial function in vitro. In this study, immature oocytes were transfected with Mfn2-siRNA for 16 h. We found that the expression level of the Mfn2 gene was significantly lower than those of the control group. The rates of maturation and fertility were also found to have declined...
2016: Scientific Reports
Yihang Li, Linda Hassinger, Travis Thomson, Baojin Ding, James Ashley, William Hassinger, Vivian Budnik
Defective RNA metabolism and transport are implicated in aging and degeneration [1, 2], but the underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood. A prevalent feature of aging is mitochondrial deterioration [3]. Here, we link a novel mechanism for RNA export through nuclear envelope (NE) budding [4, 5] that requires A-type lamin, an inner nuclear membrane-associated protein, to accelerated aging observed in Drosophila LaminC (LamC) mutations. These LamC mutations were modeled after A-lamin (LMNA) mutations causing progeroid syndromes (PSs) in humans...
August 8, 2016: Current Biology: CB
Sachindra Raj Joshi, Vidhi Dhagia, Salina Gairhe, John G Edwards, Ivan F McMurtry, Sachin A Gupte
Heart failure, a major cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), is an outcome of complex biochemical processes. In this study, we determined changes in microRNAs (miRs) in the right and left ventricles of normal and PAH rats. Using an unbiased quantitative miR microarray analysis, we found 1) miR-21-5p, miR-31-5 and 3p, miR-140-5 and 3p, miR-208b-3p, miR-221-3p, miR-222-3p, miR-702-3p, and miR-1298 were upregulated (>2-fold; P < 0.05) in the right ventricle (RV) of PAH compared with normal rats; 2) miR-31-5 and 3p, and miR-208b-3p were upregulated (>2-fold; P < 0...
September 1, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Wen-Chin Lee, Chien-Hua Chiu, Jin-Bor Chen, Chiu-Hua Chen, Hsueh-Wei Chang
The aim of this study was to examine the effect of mitochondrial morphogenesis changes on apoptosis and autophagy of high-glucose-treated proximal tubular epithelial cells (HK2). Cell viability, apoptosis, and mitochondrial morphogenesis were examined using crystal violet, terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP-biotin nick end labeling (TUNEL), and mitotracker staining, respectively. High glucose inhibited cell viability and induced mitochondrial fission in HK2 cells. After depleting mitofusin 1 (MFN1), the MFN1(-) HK2 cells (fission type) became more susceptible to high-glucose-induced apoptosis and mitochondrial fragmentation observed by TUNEL and mitotracker assays...
July 15, 2016: DNA and Cell Biology
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