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Mitochondrial plasticity

Antonietta Franco, Richard N Kitsis, Julie A Fleischer, Evripidis Gavathiotis, Opher S Kornfeld, Guohua Gong, Nikolaos Biris, Ann Benz, Nir Qvit, Sara K Donnelly, Yun Chen, Steven Mennerick, Louis Hodgson, Daria Mochly-Rosen, Gerald W Dorn
Mitochondria are dynamic organelles, remodeling and exchanging contents during cyclic fusion and fission. Genetic mutations of mitofusin (Mfn) 2 interrupt mitochondrial fusion and cause the untreatable neurodegenerative condition, Charcot Marie Tooth disease type 2A (CMT2A). It has not been possible to directly modulate mitochondrial fusion, in part because the structural basis of mitofusin function is incompletely understood. Here we show that mitofusins adopt either a fusion-constrained or fusion-permissive molecular conformation directed by specific intramolecular binding interactions, and demonstrate that mitofusin-dependent mitochondrial fusion can be regulated by targeting these conformational transitions...
October 24, 2016: Nature
Joanna Melonek, James D Stone, Ian Small
Hybrid seed production in rice relies on cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS) induced by specific mitochondrial proteins, whose deleterious effects are suppressed by nuclear Restorer of Fertility (RF) genes. The majority of RF proteins belong to a specific clade of the RNA-binding pentatricopeptide repeat protein family. We have characterised 'restorer-of-fertility-like' (RFL) sequences from 13 Oryza genomes and the Brachypodium distachyon genome. The majority of the RFL sequences are found in genomic clusters located at two or three chromosomal loci with only a minor proportion being present as isolated genes...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
Krisztina Marosi, Sang Woo Kim, Keelin Moehl, Morten Scheibye-Knudsen, Aiwu Cheng, Roy Cutler, Simonetta Camandola, Mark P Mattson
During fasting and vigorous exercise, a shift of brain cell energy substrate utilization from glucose to the ketone 3-hydroxybutyrate (3OHB) occurs. Studies have shown that 3OHB can protect neurons against excitotoxicity and oxidative stress, but the underlying mechanisms are unclear. Neurons maintained in the presence of 3OHB exhibited increased oxygen consumption and ATP production, and an elevated NAD+/NADH ratio. We found that 3OHB metabolism increases mitochondrial respiration which drives changes in expression of brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in cultured cerebral cortical neurons...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Neurochemistry
Jan Van den Bossche, Jeroen Baardman, Natasja A Otto, Saskia van der Velden, Annette E Neele, Susan M van den Berg, Rosario Luque-Martin, Hung-Jen Chen, Marieke C S Boshuizen, Mohamed Ahmed, Marten A Hoeksema, Alex F de Vos, Menno P J de Winther
Macrophages are innate immune cells that adopt diverse activation states in response to their microenvironment. Editing macrophage activation to dampen inflammatory diseases by promoting the repolarization of inflammatory (M1) macrophages to anti-inflammatory (M2) macrophages is of high interest. Here, we find that mouse and human M1 macrophages fail to convert into M2 cells upon IL-4 exposure in vitro and in vivo. In sharp contrast, M2 macrophages are more plastic and readily repolarized into an inflammatory M1 state...
October 11, 2016: Cell Reports
Lulu I T Korsak, Molly E Mitchell, Katherine A Shepard, Michael R Akins
RNA localization is a key mechanism in the regulation of protein expression. In neurons, this includes the axonal transport of select mRNAs based on the recognition of axonal localization motifs in these RNAs by RNA binding proteins. Bioinformatic analyses of axonal RNAs suggest that selective inclusion of such localization motifs in mature mRNAs is one mechanism controlling the composition of the axonal transcriptome. The subsequent translation of axonal transcripts in response to specific stimuli provides precise spatiotemporal control of the axonal proteome...
March 2016: Current Genetic Medicine Reports
Yunqing Chen, Junjun Zheng, Shuyun Chen, Min Zhu, Daojun Hong
AIMS: To investigate the underlying mechanisms of how the defects of desmin cause mitochondrial abnormalities in desminopathy. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Primary myoblasts were isolated from muscle biopsy of a desminopathy patient with mitochondrial abnormalities. Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis analyses of mitochondrial proteins were performed in mitochondria isolated from myoblasts. Immunostaining, immunoblot, and mitochondrial function tests were carried out to confirm the proteomic results...
October 10, 2016: Clinical Neuropathology
Heike Rampelt, Nikolaus Pfanner
The dual genetic origin of mitochondrial respiratory chain complexes leads to the synthesis of subunits by mitochondrial and cytosolic ribosomes. Now, Richter-Dennerlein et al. report that membrane-integrated assembly factors associate with ribosome nascent chain complexes in human mitochondria to coordinate translational plasticity with the import of subunits from the cytosol.
October 6, 2016: Cell
Roberto Arrigoni, Francesca Benzoni, Tullia I Terraneo, Annalisa Caragnano, Michael L Berumen
Reticulate evolution, introgressive hybridisation, and phenotypic plasticity have been documented in scleractinian corals and have challenged our ability to interpret speciation processes. Stylophora is a key model system in coral biology and physiology, but genetic analyses have revealed that cryptic lineages concealed by morphological stasis exist in the Stylophora pistillata species complex. The Red Sea represents a hotspot for Stylophora biodiversity with six morphospecies described, two of which are regionally endemic...
October 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
Gina L J Galli, Janna Crossley, Ruth M Elsey, Edward M Dzialowski, Holly A Shiels, Dane A Crossley
The effect of hypoxia on cellular metabolism is well-documented in adult vertebrates but information is entirely lacking for embryonic organisms. The effect of hypoxia on embryonic physiology is particularly interesting, as metabolic responses during development may have life-long consequences, due to developmental plasticity. To this end, we investigated the effects of chronic developmental hypoxia on cardiac mitochondrial function in embryonic and juvenile American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis)...
October 5, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Joachim Nielsen, Kasper D Gejl, Martin Hey-Mogensen, Hans-Christer Holmberg, Charlotte Suetta, Peter Krustrup, Coen P H Elemans, Niels Ørtenblad
Mitochondrial energy production involves the movement of protons down a large electrochemical gradient through ATP synthase located on the folded inner membrane, known as cristae. In mammalian skeletal muscle, the density of cristae in mitochondria is thought to be constant. However, recent experimental studies have shown that respiration per mitochondria varies.Modelling studies have hypothesised that this variation in respiration per mitochondria depends on plasticity in cristae density, but currently evidence for such a mechanism is lacking...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Physiology
Ricarda Richter-Dennerlein, Silke Oeljeklaus, Isotta Lorenzi, Christin Ronsör, Bettina Bareth, Alexander Benjamin Schendzielorz, Cong Wang, Bettina Warscheid, Peter Rehling, Sven Dennerlein
Mitochondrial ribosomes translate membrane integral core subunits of the oxidative phosphorylation system encoded by mtDNA. These translation products associate with nuclear-encoded, imported proteins to form enzyme complexes that produce ATP. Here, we show that human mitochondrial ribosomes display translational plasticity to cope with the supply of imported nuclear-encoded subunits. Ribosomes expressing mitochondrial-encoded COX1 mRNA selectively engage with cytochrome c oxidase assembly factors in the inner membrane...
October 6, 2016: Cell
Lan Guo, Jing Tian, Heng Du
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a chronic neurodegenerative disorder, in which multiple risk factors converge. Despite the complexity of the etiology of the disease, synaptic failure is the pathological basis of cognitive impairment, the cardinal sign of AD. Decreased synaptic density, compromised synaptic transmission, and defected synaptic plasticity are hallmark synaptic pathologies accompanying AD. However, the mechanisms by which synapses are injured in AD-related conditions have not been fully elucidated yet...
September 20, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Saurabh Kumar Jha, Niraj Kumar Jha, Dhiraj Kumar, Renu Sharma, Abhishek Shrivastava, Rashmi K Ambasta, Pravir Kumar
The communication between neurons at synaptic junctions is an intriguing process that monitors the transmission of various electro-chemical signals in the central nervous system. Albeit any aberration in the mechanisms associated with transmission of these signals leads to loss of synaptic contacts in both the neocortex and hippocampus thereby causing insidious cognitive decline and memory dysfunction. Compelling evidence suggests that soluble amyloid-β (Aβ) and hyperphosphorylated tau serve as toxins in the dysfunction of synaptic plasticity and aberrant neurotransmitter (NT) release at synapses consequently causing a cognitive decline in Alzheimer's disease (AD)...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Takuya Koyama, Hiromu Ito, Tomochika Fujisawa, Hiroshi Ikeda, Satoshi Kakishima, John R Cooley, Chris Simon, Jin Yoshimura, Teiji Sota
Life history evolution spurred by post-Pleistocene climatic change is hypothesized to be responsible for the present diversity in periodical cicadas (Magicicada), but the mechanism of life cycle change has been controversial. To understand the divergence process of 13-year and 17-year cicada life cycles, we studied genetic relationships between two synchronously emerging, parapatric 13-year periodical cicada species in the Decim group, Magicicada tredecim and M. neotredecim. The latter was hypothesized to be of hybrid origin or to have switched from a 17-year cycle via developmental plasticity...
September 23, 2016: Molecular Ecology
Laura Smit-Rigter, Rajeev Rajendran, Catia A P Silva, Liselot Spierenburg, Femke Groeneweg, Emma M Ruimschotel, Danielle van Versendaal, Chris van der Togt, Ulf T Eysel, J Alexander Heimel, Christian Lohmann, Christiaan N Levelt
Mitochondria buffer intracellular Ca(2+) and provide energy [1]. Because synaptic structures with high Ca(2+) buffering [2-4] or energy demand [5] are often localized far away from the soma, mitochondria are actively transported to these sites [6-11]. Also, the removal and degradation of mitochondria are tightly regulated [9, 12, 13], because dysfunctional mitochondria are a source of reactive oxygen species, which can damage the cell [14]. Deficits in mitochondrial trafficking have been proposed to contribute to the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, optic atrophy, and Alzheimer's disease [13, 15-19]...
October 10, 2016: Current Biology: CB
Zenildo Santos Silva, Ying-Ying Huang, Lucas Freitas de Freitas, Cristiane Miranda França, Sergio Brossi Botta, Patrícia Aparecida Ana, Raquel Agnelli Mesquita-Ferrari, Kristianne Porta Santos Fernandes, Alessandro Deana, Cintia Raquel Lima Leal, Renato Araujo Prates, Michael R Hamblin, Sandra Kalil Bussadori
This study intended to evaluate the effects of a papain-gel with a red-light absorbing pigment (methylene blue - MB) to mediate photodynamic therapy (PDT) against Streptococcus mutans biofilms. The PapaMBlue was compared with free MB to generate reactive oxygen species using fluorescence probes (SOSG and HPF). PDT (660-nm light) was carried out against S. mutans biofilms grown on either plastic dishes or on collagen membrane and assayed by CFU, live-dead staining using confocal microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and H&E staining for collagen films...
2016: Scientific Reports
B Romeo, W Choucha, P Fossati, J-Y Rotge
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this review was to determine the clinical and biological predictors of the ketamine response. METHODS: A systematic research on PubMed and PsycINFO database was performed without limits on year of publication. RESULTS: The main predictive factors of ketamine response, which were found in different studies, were (i) a family history of alcohol dependence, (ii) unipolar depressive disorder, and (iii) neurocognitive impairments, especially a slower processing speed...
September 9, 2016: L'Encéphale
Saverio Cinti
In all mammals, adipocytes are cells with abundant cytoplasmic lipids forming the parenchyma of the adipose organ. White adipocytes store highly energetic molecules to release them, in the form of free fatty acids to survive between meals. Brown adipocytes trough their unique mitochondrial UCP1 protein burn glucose and lipids to perform thermogenesis in order to survive in cold environments. A third type of adipocytes appears in the subcutaneous depot of the adipose organ of female mice during pregnancy and lactation: the pink adipocytes...
September 10, 2016: Biochimie
Don G Lee, Beom K Choi, Young H Kim, Ho S Oh, Sang H Park, Young Soo Bae, Byoung S Kwon
Although considerable effort has been expended in identifying definitive markers for cancer stem cells (CSCs) or cancer-initiating cells (CICs), the phenotypic plasticity of these cells obviates simple characterization using cell surface markers. We hypothesized that these cells could be characterized by their metabolic properties because they are in a quiescent state with low energy needs. We examined whether cancer cells differ in mitochondrial membrane potential (Δψm) when they are under stress. The Δψm of B16-F10 melanoma cells increased when they were exposed in vitro to serum starvation and chemotherapeutic agents, but not when exposed to hypoxia...
September 5, 2016: Cancer Letters
Mohammed Golam Sarower, Sheik Istiak Md Shahriar, Hiromasa Nakamura, Muhammad Abdur Rouf, Shigeru Okada
Taxonomy of mud crabs genus Scylla has been misidentified for several years due to their high morphological plasticity. Several reports concerning mud crab have been published with misleading identification in Bangladesh. In this study, partial fragments of nuclear and mitochondrial DNA of Scylla species obtained from four locations along the Bangladesh coast were used to resolve taxonomical ambiguity of mud crab species. A single PCR product from the nuclear first internal transcribed spacer (ITS-1) marker and phylogenetic trees constructed based on 16S rDNA sequences indicated that all Scylla species obtained in this study were S...
September 8, 2016: Mitochondrial DNA. Part A. DNA Mapping, Sequencing, and Analysis
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