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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191022/effect-of-mahuang-gancao-ganjiang-decoction-on-fusion-and-fission-of-mitochondria-and-apoptosis-of-lymphocytes-in-mice-under-cold-stress
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Longyun Chen, Huimin Chen
Mahuang Gancao Ganjiang Decoction (MGGD) can effectively alleviate the symptoms of the patients suffering from exogenous cold stress. However, the curative mechanism has not been fully clarified. This study was designed to investigate the effect of MGGD on the apoptosis of lymphocytes induced by cold stress in mice. The model mice were randomly divided into four groups: the normal control group (no handling mice), cold stress group, MGGD + cold stress group, and MGGD group. Lymphocytes of the mice were isolated from the peripheral blood...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176801/mfn2-suppresses-cancer-progression-through-inhibition-of-mtorc2-akt-signaling
#2
Ke Xu, Guo Chen, Xiaobo Li, Xiaoqin Wu, Zhijie Chang, Jianhua Xu, Yu Zhu, Peihao Yin, Xin Liang, Lei Dong
The mitochondrial GTPase mitofusin-2 (MFN2) has previously been reported to play a role in regulating cell proliferation, apoptosis and differentiation in a number of cell types. Here, we report that breast cancer patients with low MFN2 expression are associated with poor prognosis as compared to patients with high MFN2 expression. We find that MFN2 knockout from MCF7 and A549 cells via Crispr/Cas9 greatly promotes cell viability, colony formation, and invasion of cancer cells in vitro and in vivo, which were confirmed by colony formation assay, transwell invasion assay, and tumor xenograft model...
February 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154412/superresolution-imaging-identifies-that-conventional-trafficking-pathways-are-not-essential-for-endoplasmic-reticulum-to-outer-mitochondrial-membrane-protein-transport
#3
Kyle Salka, Shivaprasad Bhuvanendran, Kassandra Wilson, Petros Bozidis, Mansi Mehta, Kristin Rainey, Hiromi Sesaki, George H Patterson, Jyoti K Jaiswal, Anamaris M Colberg-Poley
Most nuclear-encoded mitochondrial proteins traffic from the cytosol to mitochondria. Some of these proteins localize at mitochondria-associated membranes (MAM), where mitochondria are closely apposed with the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). We have previously shown that the human cytomegalovirus signal-anchored protein known as viral mitochondria-localized inhibitor of apoptosis (vMIA) traffics from the ER to mitochondria and clusters at the outer mitochondrial membrane (OMM). Here, we have examined the host pathways by which vMIA traffics from the ER to mitochondria and clusters at the OMM...
December 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131082/mitochondrial-dynamics-in-type-2-diabetes-pathophysiological-implications
#4
REVIEW
Susana Rovira-Llopis, Celia Bañuls, Noelia Diaz-Morales, Antonio Hernandez-Mijares, Milagros Rocha, Victor M Victor
Mitochondria play a key role in maintaining cellular metabolic homeostasis. These organelles have a high plasticity and are involved in dynamic processes such as mitochondrial fusion and fission, mitophagy and mitochondrial biogenesis. Type 2 diabetes is characterised by mitochondrial dysfunction, high production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and low levels of ATP. Mitochondrial fusion is modulated by different proteins, including mitofusin-1 (MFN1), mitofusin-2 (MFN2) and optic atrophy (OPA-1), while fission is controlled by mitochondrial fission 1 (FIS1), dynamin-related protein 1 (DRP1) and mitochondrial fission factor (MFF)...
April 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122638/of-yeast-mice-and-men-mams-come-in-two-flavors
#5
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Maria Sol Herrera-Cruz, Thomas Simmen
: The past decade has seen dramatic progress in our understanding of membrane contact sites (MCS). Important examples of these are endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-mitochondria contact sites. ER-mitochondria contacts have originally been discovered in mammalian tissue, where they have been designated as mitochondria-associated membranes (MAMs). It is also in this model system, where the first critical MAM proteins have been identified, including MAM tethering regulators such as phospho-furin acidic cluster sorting protein 2 (PACS-2) and mitofusin-2...
January 25, 2017: Biology Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118288/mitochondrial-dynamics-changes-with-age-in-an-appsw-ps1de9-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Lin-Lin Xu, Yang Shen, Xiao Wang, Li-Fei Wei, Ping Wang, Hui Yang, Cun-Fu Wang, Zhao-Hong Xie, Jian-Zhong Bi
Increasing research suggests that mitochondrial defects play a major role in Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathogenesis. We aimed to better understand changes in mitochondria with the development and progression of AD. We compared APPsw/PS1dE9 transgenic mice at 3, 6, 9, and 12 months old as an animal model of AD and age-matched C57BL/6 mice as controls. The learning ability and spatial memory ability of APPsw/PS1dE9 mice showed significant differences compared with controls until 9 and 12 months. Mitochondrial morphology was altered in hippocampus tissue of APPsw/PS1dE9 mice beginning from the third month...
January 21, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114303/mfn1-structures-reveal-nucleotide-triggered-dimerization-critical-for-mitochondrial-fusion
#7
Yu-Lu Cao, Shuxia Meng, Yang Chen, Jian-Xiong Feng, Dong-Dong Gu, Bing Yu, Yu-Jie Li, Jin-Yu Yang, Shuang Liao, David C Chan, Song Gao
Mitochondria are double-membraned organelles with variable shapes influenced by metabolic conditions, developmental stage, and environmental stimuli. Their dynamic morphology is a result of regulated and balanced fusion and fission processes. Fusion is crucial for the health and physiological functions of mitochondria, including complementation of damaged mitochondrial DNAs and the maintenance of membrane potential. Mitofusins are dynamin-related GTPases that are essential for mitochondrial fusion. They are embedded in the mitochondrial outer membrane and thought to fuse adjacent mitochondria via combined oligomerization and GTP hydrolysis...
February 16, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112198/chlorpyrifos-inhibits-neural-induction-via-mfn1-mediated-mitochondrial-dysfunction-in-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
#8
Shigeru Yamada, Yusuke Kubo, Daiju Yamazaki, Yuko Sekino, Yasunari Kanda
Organophosphates, such as chlorpyrifos (CPF), are widely used as insecticides in agriculture. CPF is known to induce cytotoxicity, including neurodevelopmental toxicity. However, the molecular mechanisms of CPF toxicity at early fetal stage have not been fully elucidated. In this study, we examined the mechanisms of CPF-induced cytotoxicity using human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). We found that exposure to CPF at micromolar levels decreased intracellular ATP levels. As CPF suppressed energy production that is a critical function of the mitochondria, we focused on the effects of CPF on mitochondrial dynamics...
January 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110471/depletion-of-mitofusin-2-causes-mitochondrial-damage-in-cisplatin-induced-neuropathy
#9
Ilja Bobylev, Abhijeet R Joshi, Mohammed Barham, Wolfram F Neiss, Helmar C Lehmann
Sensory neuropathy is a relevant side effect of the antineoplastic agent cisplatin. Mitochondrial damage is assumed to play a critical role in cisplatin-induced peripheral neuropathy, but the pathomechanisms underlying cisplatin-induced mitotoxicity and neurodegeneration are incompletely understood. In an animal model of cisplatin-induced neuropathy, we determined in detail the extent and spatial distribution of mitochondrial damage during cisplatin treatment. Changes in the total number of axonal mitochondria during cisplatin treatment were assessed in intercostal nerves from transgenic mice that express cyan fluorescent protein...
January 21, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096879/association-between-mitofusin-2-gene-polymorphisms-and-late-onset-alzheimer-s-disease-in-the-korean-population
#10
Young Jong Kim, Jin Kyung Park, Won Sub Kang, Su Kang Kim, Changsu Han, Hae Ri Na, Hae Jeong Park, Jong Woo Kim, Young Youl Kim, Moon Ho Park, Jong-Woo Paik
OBJECTIVE: Mitochondrial dysfunction is a prominent and early feature of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The morphologic changes observed in the AD brain could be caused by a failure of mitochondrial fusion mechanisms. The aim of this study was to investigate whether genetic polymorphisms of two genes involved in mitochondrial fusion mechanisms, optic atrophy 1 (OPA1) and mitofusin 2 (MFN2), were associated with AD in the Korean population by analyzing genotypes and allele frequencies. METHODS: One coding single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in the MFN2, rs1042837, and two coding SNPs in the OPA1, rs7624750 and rs9851685, were compared between 165 patients with AD (83 men and 82 women, mean age 72...
January 2017: Psychiatry Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096338/mitochondrial-fusion-dynamics-is-robust-in-the-heart-and-depends-on-calcium-oscillations-and-contractile-activity
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Verónica Eisner, Ryan R Cupo, Erhe Gao, György Csordás, William S Slovinsky, Melanie Paillard, Lan Cheng, Jessica Ibetti, S R Wayne Chen, J Kurt Chuprun, Jan B Hoek, Walter J Koch, György Hajnóczky
Mitochondrial fusion is thought to be important for supporting cardiac contractility, but is hardly detectable in cultured cardiomyocytes and is difficult to directly evaluate in the heart. We overcame this obstacle through in vivo adenoviral transduction with matrix-targeted photoactivatable GFP and confocal microscopy. Imaging in whole rat hearts indicated mitochondrial network formation and fusion activity in ventricular cardiomyocytes. Promptly after isolation, cardiomyocytes showed extensive mitochondrial connectivity and fusion, which decayed in culture (at 24-48 h)...
January 31, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076385/the-effect-of-a-novel-c-820c-t-arg274trp-mutation-in-the-mitofusin-2-gene-on-fibroblast-metabolism-and-clinical-manifestation-in-a-patient
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Małgorzata Beręsewicz, Anna Boratyńska-Jasińska, Łukasz Charzewski, Maria Kawalec, Dagmara Kabzińska, Andrzej Kochański, Krystiana A Krzyśko, Barbara Zabłocka
Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 2A (CMT2A) is an autosomal dominant axonal peripheral neuropathy caused by mutations in the mitofusin 2 gene (MFN2). Mitofusin 2 is a GTPase protein present in the outer mitochondrial membrane and responsible for regulation of mitochondrial network architecture via the fusion of mitochondria. As that fusion process is known to be strongly dependent on the GTPase activity of mitofusin 2, it is postulated that the MFN2 mutation within the GTPase domain may lead to impaired GTPase activity, and in turn to mitochondrial dysfunction...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076382/deregulated-expression-of-mitochondrial-proteins-mfn2-and-bcnl3l-in-placentae-from-sheep-somatic-cell-nuclear-transfer-scnt-conceptuses
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Marta Czernik, Paola Toschi, Federica Zacchini, Domenico Iuso, Grażyna Ewa Ptak
In various animal species, the main cause of pregnancy loss in conceptuses obtained by somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) are placental abnormalities. Most abnormalities described in SCNT pregnancies (such as placentomegaly, reduced vascularisation, hypoplasia of trophoblastic epithelium) suggest that placental cell degeneration may be triggered by mitochondrial failure. We hypothesized that placental abnormalities of clones obtained by SCNT are related to mitochondrial dysfunction. To test this, early SCNT and control (CTR, from pregnancies obtained by in vitro fertilization) placentae were collected from pregnant ewes (at day 20 and 22 of gestation) and subjected to morphological, mRNA and protein analysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055010/continued-26s-proteasome-dysfunction-in-mouse-brain-cortical-neurons-impairs-autophagy-and-the-keap1-nrf2-oxidative-defence-pathway
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Aslihan Ugun-Klusek, Michael H Tatham, Jamal Elkharaz, Dumitru Constantin-Teodosiu, Karen Lawler, Hala Mohamed, Simon M L Paine, Glen Anderson, R John Mayer, James Lowe, E Ellen Billett, Lynn Bedford
The ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS) and macroautophagy (autophagy) are central to normal proteostasis and interdependent in that autophagy is known to compensate for the UPS to alleviate ensuing proteotoxic stress that impairs cell function. UPS and autophagy dysfunctions are believed to have a major role in the pathomechanisms of neurodegenerative disease. Here we show that continued 26S proteasome dysfunction in mouse brain cortical neurons causes paranuclear accumulation of fragmented dysfunctional mitochondria, associated with earlier recruitment of Parkin and lysine 48-linked ubiquitination of mitochondrial outer membrane (MOM) proteins, including Mitofusin-2...
January 5, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998959/exogenous-h2s-regulates-endoplasmic-reticulum-mitochondria-cross-talk-to-inhibit-apoptotic-pathways-in-stz-induced-type-i-diabetes
#15
Fan Yang, Xiangjing Yu, Ting Li, Jianjun Wu, YaJun Zhao, Jiaqi Liu, Aili Sun, Shiyun Dong, Jichao Wu, Xin Zhong, Changqing Xu, Fanghao Lu, Weihua Zhang
BACKGROUND: The upregulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) is a primary cause of cardiomyocyte apoptosis in Diabetes cardiomyopathy (DCM). Mitofusin-2 (Mfn-2) is a key protein that bridges the mitochondria and endoplasmic reticulum(ER). Hydrogen sulfide (H2S)-mediated cardioprotection is related to antioxidant effects. The present study demonstrated that H2S inhibited the interaction between the ER and mitochondrial apoptotic pathway. METHODS: This study investigated cardiac function, ultrastructural changes in the ER and mitochondria, apoptotic rate using TUNEL and the expression of ER stress-associated proteins and mitochondrial apoptotic proteins in cardiac tissues in STZ-induced type I diabetic rats treated with or without NaHS (donor of H2S)...
December 20, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997345/mitofusin-2-attenuates-the-histone-acetylation-at-collagen-iv-promoter-in-diabetic-nephropathy
#16
Xuhua Mi, Wanxin Tang, Xiaolei Chen, Fei Liu, Xiaohong Tang
Extracellular matrix (ECM) increase in diabetic nephropathy (DN) is closely related to mitochondrial dysfunction. The mechanism of protective function of mitofusin 2 (Mfn2) for mitochondria remains largely unknown. In this study, the molecular mechanisms for the effect of Mfn2 on mitochondria and subsequent collagen IV expression in DN were investigated. Ras-binding-deficient mitofusin 2 (Mfn2-Ras(Δ)) were overexpressed in rat glomerular mesangial cells, and then the cells were detected for mitochondrial morphology, cellular reactive oxygen species (ROS), mRNA and protein expression of collagen IV with advanced glycation end-product (AGE) stimulation...
November 2016: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993601/mitochondrial-activity-and-dynamics-changes-regarding-metabolism-in-ageing-and-obesity
#17
REVIEW
Guillermo López-Lluch
Mitochondria play an essential role in ageing and longevity. During ageing, a general deregulation of metabolism occurs, affecting molecular, cellular and physiological activities in the organism. Dysfunction of mitochondria has been associated with ageing and age-related diseases indicating their importance in the maintenance of cell homeostasis. Three major nutritional sensors, mTOR, AMPK and Sirtuins are involved in the control of mitochondrial physiology. These nutritional sensors control mitochondrial biogenesis, dynamics by regulating fusion and fission processes, and turnover through mito- and autophagy...
December 16, 2016: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920125/structures-of-human-mitofusin-1-provide-insight-into-mitochondrial-tethering
#18
Yuanbo Qi, Liming Yan, Caiting Yu, Xiangyang Guo, Xin Zhou, Xiaoyu Hu, Xiaofang Huang, Zihe Rao, Zhiyong Lou, Junjie Hu
Mitochondria undergo fusion and fission. The merging of outer mitochondrial membranes requires mitofusin (MFN), a dynamin-like GTPase. How exactly MFN mediates membrane fusion is poorly understood. Here, we determined crystal structures of a minimal GTPase domain (MGD) of human MFN1, including the predicted GTPase and the distal part of the C-terminal tail (CT). The structures revealed that a helix bundle (HB) formed by three helices extending from the GTPase and one extending from the CT closely attaches to the GTPase domain, resembling the configuration of bacterial dynamin-like protein...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907123/mice-hemizygous-for-a-pathogenic-mitofusin-2-allele-exhibit-hind-limb-foot-gait-deficits-and-phenotypic-perturbations-in-nerve-and-muscle
#19
Peter Bannerman, Travis Burns, Jie Xu, Laird Miers, David Pleasure
Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 2A (CMT2A), the most common axonal form of hereditary sensory motor neuropathy, is caused by mutations of mitofusin-2 (MFN2). Mitofusin-2 is a GTPase required for fusion of mitochondrial outer membranes, repair of damaged mitochondria, efficient mitochondrial energetics, regulation of mitochondrial-endoplasmic reticulum calcium coupling and axonal transport of mitochondria. We knocked T105M MFN2 preceded by a loxP-flanked STOP sequence into the mouse Rosa26 locus to permit cell type-specific expression of this pathogenic allele...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895764/mitofusin-2-prevents-skeletal-muscle-wasting-in-cancer-cachexia
#20
Qiu-Lei Xi, Bo Zhang, Yi Jiang, Hai-Sheng Zhang, Qing-Yang Meng, Ying Chen, Yu-Song Han, Qiu-Lin Zhuang, Jun Han, Hai-Yu Wang, Jing Fang, Guo-Hao Wu
Cancer cachexia remains a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, despite extensive research and clinical trials. The prominent clinical feature of cancer cachexia is the continuous loss of skeletal muscle that cannot be fully reversed by conventional nutritional support, and that leads to progressive functional impairment. The mechanism underlying muscle loss in patients with cachexia is poorly understood. The present study analyzed 21 cancer patients with or without cachexia, and demonstrated that mitofusin-2 (Mfn2) was downregulated in the rectus abdominis of patients with cachexia, which was associated with body weight loss...
November 2016: Oncology Letters
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