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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543853/crystal-structure-of-lipoate-bound-lipoate-ligase-1-lipl1-from-plasmodium-falciparum
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Alfredo J Guerra, Gustavo A Afanador, Sean T Prigge
Plasmodium falciparum lipoate protein ligase 1 (PfLipL1) is an ATP-dependent ligase that belongs to the biotin/lipoate A/B protein ligase family (PFAM PF03099). PfLipL1 is the only known canonical lipoate ligase in Pf and functions as a redox switch between two lipoylation routes in the parasite mitochondrion. Here, we report the crystal structure of a deletion construct of PfLipL1 (PfLipL1Δ243-279 ) bound to lipoate, and validate the lipoylation activity of this construct in both an in vitro lipoylation assay and a cell based lipoylation assay...
May 24, 2017: Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541477/mitochondrial-retroprocessing-promoted-functional-transfers-of-rpl5-to-the-nucleus-in-grasses
#2
Zhiqiang Wu, Daniel B Sloan, Colin W Brown, Mónica Rosenblueth, Jeffrey D Palmer, Han Chuan Ong
Functional gene transfers from the mitochondrion to the nucleus are ongoing in angiosperms and have occurred repeatedly for all 15 ribosomal protein genes, but it is not clear why some of these genes are transferred more often than others nor what the balance is between DNA- and RNA-mediated transfers. Although direct insertion of mitochondrial DNA into the nucleus occurs frequently in angiosperms, case studies of functional mitochondrial gene transfer have implicated an RNA-mediated mechanism that eliminates introns and RNA editing sites, which would otherwise impede proper expression of mitochondrial genes in the nucleus...
May 25, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538152/apoptotic-bax-at-oxidatively-stressed-mitochondrial-membranes-lipid-dynamics-and-permeabilization
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Artur Peter Günther Dingeldein, Šárka Pokorná, Martin Lidman, Tobias Sparrman, Radek Šachl, Martin Hof, Gerhard Gröbner
Mitochondria are crucial compartments of eukaryotic cells because they function as the cellular power plant and play a central role in the early stages of programmed cell death (apoptosis). To avoid undesired cell death, this apoptotic pathway is tightly regulated by members of the Bcl-2 protein family, which interact on the external surface of the mitochondria, i.e., the mitochondrial outer membrane (MOM), and modulate its permeability to apoptotic factors, controlling their release into the cytosol. A growing body of evidence suggests that the MOM lipids play active roles in this permeabilization process...
May 23, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533168/prospects-for-therapeutic-mitochondrial-transplantation
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REVIEW
Jenna L Gollihue, Alexander G Rabchevsky
Mitochondrial dysfunction has been implicated in a multitude of diseases and pathological conditions- the organelles that are essential for life can also be major players in contributing to cell death and disease. Because mitochondria are so well established in our existence, being present in all cell types except for red blood cells and having the responsibility of providing most of our energy needs for survival, then dysfunctional mitochondria can elicit devastating cellular pathologies that can be widespread across the entire organism...
May 19, 2017: Mitochondrion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526749/the-origin-and-evolution-of-human-glutaminases-and-their-atypical-c-terminal-ankyrin-repeats
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Camila Cristina Pascoal, Zeyaul Islam, Douglas Adamoski, Igor Monteze Ferreira, Ricardo Diogo Righetto, Jefferson Bettini, Rodrigo Villares Portugal, Wyatt W Yue, Ana Gonzalez, Sandra Martha Gomes Dias, Andre Luis Berteli Ambrosio
On the basis of tissue-specific enzyme activity and inhibition by catalytic products, Hans Krebs first demonstrated the existence of multiple glutaminases in mammals. Currently, two human genes are known to encode at least four glutaminase isoforms. However, the phylogeny of these medically relevant enzymes remains unclear, prompting us to investigate their origin and evolution. Using prokaryotic and eukaryotic glutaminase sequences, we built a phylogenetic tree whose topology suggested that the multidomain architecture was inherited from bacterial ancestors, probably simultaneously with the hosting of the proto-mitochondrion endosymbiont...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501872/a-mechanism-study-underlying-the-protective-effects-of-cyclosporine-a-on-lung-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
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Jian''an Li, Zhongya Yan, Qianjin Fang
AIM: This study is aimed at validating the hypothesis that administration of cyclosporine-A (CsA) would be protective in lung ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury and in exploring the underlying mechanism. METHODS: Rabbits were divided into 4 groups: the control, sham operation, I/R, and I/R with CsA treatment. Flow cytometry was used to measure the mitochondrial membrane potential. Laser scanning confocal microscope was used to analyze mitochondrion permeability transition pore (MPTP)...
May 10, 2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500280/visualization-of-a-mammalian-mitochondrion-by-coherent-x-ray-diffractive-imaging
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Yoonhee Kim, Chan Kim, Ou Young Kwon, Daewoong Nam, Sang Soo Kim, Jae Hyun Park, Sunam Kim, Marcus Gallagher-Jones, Yoshiki Kohmura, Tetsuya Ishikawa, Changyong Song, Giyoong Tae, Do Young Noh
We report a three dimensional (3D) quantitative visualization of a mammalian mitochondrion by coherent x-ray diffractive imaging (CXDI) using synchrotron radiation. The internal structures of a mitochondrion from a mouse embryonic fibroblast cell line (NIH3T3) were visualized by tomographic imaging at approximately 60 nm resolution without the need for sectioning or staining. The overall structure consisted of a high electron density region, composed of the outer and inner membranes and the cristae cluster, which enclosed the lower density mitochondrial matrix...
May 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499405/a-comparative-molecular-and-3-dimensional-structural-investigation-into-cross-continental-and-novel-avian-trypanosoma-spp-in-australia
#8
Crystal Cooper, R C Andrew Thompson, Adriana Botero, Amanda Kristancic, Christopher Peacock, Yaowanuj Kirilak, Peta L Clode
BACKGROUND: Molecular and structural information on avian Trypanosoma spp. throughout Australia is limited despite their intrinsic value in understanding trypanosomatid evolution, diversity, and structural biology. In Western Australia tissue samples (n = 429) extracted from 93 birds in 25 bird species were screened using generic PCR primers to investigate the diversity of Trypanosoma spp. To investigate avian trypanosome structural biology the first 3-dimensional ultrastructural models of a Trypanosoma spp...
May 12, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497347/nano-copper-induces-apoptosis-in-pk-15-cells-via-a-mitochondria-mediated-pathway
#9
Hui Zhang, Zhenyu Chang, Khalid Mehmood, Rao Zahid Abbas, Fazul Nabi, Mujeeb Ur Rehman, Xiaoxing Wu, Xinxin Tian, Xiaodan Yuan, Zhaoyang Li, Donghai Zhou
Nano-sized copper particles are widely used in various chemical, physical, and biological fields. However, earlier studies have shown that nano copper particles (40-100 μg/mL) can induce cell toxicity and apoptosis. Therefore, this study was conducted to investigate the role of nano copper in mitochondrion-mediated apoptosis in PK-15 cells. The cells were treated with different doses of nano copper (20, 40, 60, and 80 μg/mL) to determine the effects of apoptosis using acridine orange/ethidium bromide (AO/EB) fluorescence staining and a flow cytometry assay...
May 11, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497122/the-microbiome-mitochondrion-connection-common-ancestries-common-mechanisms-common-goals
#10
Alfredo Franco-Obregón, Jack A Gilbert
Lynn Margulis in the 1960s elegantly proposed a shared phylogenetic history between bacteria and mitochondria; this relationship has since become a cornerstone of modern cellular biology. Yet, an interesting facet of the interaction between the microbiome and mitochondria has been mostly ignored, that of the systems biology relationship that underpins host health and longevity. The mitochondria are descendants of primordial aerobic pleomorphic bacteria (likely genus Rickettsia) that entered (literally and functionally) into a mutualistic partnership with ancient anaerobic microbes (likely Archaea)...
May 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493888/the-mitochondrial-sir2-related-protein-2-sir2rp2-impacts-leishmania-donovani-growth-and-infectivity
#11
Nimisha Mittal, Rohini Muthuswami, Rentala Madhubala
BACKGROUND: Leishmania donovani, a protozoan parasite is the major causative agent of visceral leishmaniasis. Increased toxicity and resistance to the existing repertoire of drugs has been reported. Hence, an urgent need exists for identifying newer drugs and drug targets. Previous reports have shown sirtuins (Silent Information Regulator) from kinetoplastids as promising drug targets. Leishmania species code for three SIR2 (Silent Information Regulator) related proteins. Here, we for the first time report the functional characterization of SIR2 related protein 2 (SIR2RP2) of L...
May 11, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489755/kennedy-disease-with-difficulty-in-differential-diagnosis-a-case-report
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Yating Chen, Peng Luo, Zhongli Li, Hengping Hu, Duobin Wu, Tingting Xu, Xingzuo Wang, Haiting Xie
RATIONALE: Kennedy disease (KD) is also known as spinal bulbar muscular dystrophy. As KD has similar symptoms with most neuromuscular diseases, so it is difficult to make a rapid diagnosis clinically. PATIENT CONCERNS: We report a case of a 43-year-old male with progressive limb proximal weakness without family history. Physical examination showed gynecomastia, erectile dysfunction, bilateral tendon reflex and quadriceps weakness, and tongue muscle atrophy. DIAGNOSES: Laboratory examination found increased creatine kinase, impaired glucose tolerance, and abnormal lactic acid values...
May 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487636/elamipretide-ss-31-ameliorates-isoflurane-induced-long-term-impairments-of-mitochondrial-morphogenesis-and-cognition-in-developing-rats
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Jing Wu, Shuangying Hao, Xiao-Ru Sun, Hui Zhang, Huihui Li, Hongting Zhao, Mu-Huo Ji, Jian-Jun Yang, Kuanyu Li
Mitochondria are supposed to be involved in the early pathogenesis of general anesthesia (GA)-induced neurotoxicity and long-term cognitive deficits in developing brains. However, effective pharmacologic agents targeted on mitochondria during GA exposure are lacking. This study explores the protective effects of mitochondrion-targeted antioxidant elamipretide (SS-31) on mitochondrial morphogenesis and cognition in developing rats exposed to isoflurane. Rat pups at postnatal day (PND) 7 were exposed to 1.5% isoflurane for 6 h following intraperitoneal administration of elamipretide or vehicle with 30 min interval...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482935/nerolidol-the-main-constituent-of-piper-aduncum-essential-oil-has-anti-leishmania-braziliensis-activity
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Ligia Fernanda Ceole, Maria DAS Graças Cardoso, Maurilio José Soares
Leishmania (Viannia) braziliensis is a protozoan that causes mucocutaneous leishmaniasis, which is an infectious disease that affects more than 12 million people worldwide. The available treatment is limited, has side-effects or is inefficient. In a search for alternative compounds of natural origin, we tested the microbicidal activity of Piper aduncum essential oil (PaEO) on this parasite. Our data showed that PaEO had an inhibitory effect on the growth of L. braziliensis promastigotes with an IC50/24 h=77·9 µg mL-1...
May 9, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480786/ultraviolet-a1-irradiation-therapy-for-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#15
H McGrath
Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus, SLE) is a chronic autoimmune disease characterized by the production of autoantibodies, which bind to antigens and are deposited within tissues to fix complement, resulting in widespread systemic inflammation. The studies presented herein are consistent with hyperpolarized, adenosine triphosphate (ATP)-deficient mitochondria being central to the disease process. These hyperpolarized mitochondria resist the depolarization required for activation-induced apoptosis. The mitochondrial ATP deficits add to this resistance to apoptosis and also reduce the macrophage energy that is needed to clear apoptotic bodies...
January 1, 2017: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479252/crystal-structure-of-mdm12-and-combinatorial-reconstitution-of-mdm12-mmm1-ermes-complexes-for-structural-studies
#16
Andrew P AhYoung, Brian Lu, Duilio Cascio, Pascal F Egea
Membrane contact sites between organelles serve as molecular hubs for the exchange of metabolites and signals. In yeast, the Endoplasmic Reticulum - Mitochondrion Encounter Structure (ERMES) tethers these two organelles likely to facilitate the non-vesicular exchange of essential phospholipids. Present in Fungi and Amoebas but not in Metazoans, ERMES is composed of five distinct subunits; among those, Mdm12, Mmm1 and Mdm34 each contain an SMP domain functioning as a lipid transfer module. We previously showed that the SMP domains of Mdm12 and Mmm1 form a hetero-tetramer...
June 17, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474358/e2f1interactive-with-brca1-pathway-induces-hcc-two-different-small-molecule-metabolism-or-cell-cycle-regulation-via-mitochondrion-or-cd4-t-to-cytosol
#17
Qingchun Chen, Lin Wang, Minghu Jiang, Juxiang Huang, Zhenfu Jiang, Haitao Feng, Zhili Ji
Breast cancer 1 (BRCA1) and E2F transcription factor 1 (E2F1) are related to metabolism and cell cycle regulation. However, the corresponding mechanism is not clear in HCC. High BRCA1 direct pathway was constructed with 11 molecules from E2F1 feedback-interactive network in HCC by GRNInfer based on 39 Pearson mutual positive corelation CC >0.25 molecules with E2F1. Integration of GRNInfer with GO, KEGG, BioCarta, GNF_U133A, UNIGENE_EST, Disease, GenMAPP databases by DAVID and MAS 3.0, E2F1 feedback-interactive BRCA1 indirect mitochondrion to cytosol pathway was identified as upstream LAPTM4B activation, feedback UNG, downstream BCAT1-HIST1H2AD-TK1 reflecting protein and DNA binding with enrichment of small molecule metabolism; The corresponding BRCA1 indirect membrane to cytosol pathway as upstream CCNB2-NUSAP1 activation, feedback TTK-HIST1H2BJ-CENPF, downstream MCM4-TK1 reflecting ATP and microtubule binding with enrichment of CD4+T-related cell cycle regulation in HCC...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458619/mitochondrial-control-of-innate-immunity-and-inflammation
#18
REVIEW
Hyo Sun Jin, Hyun-Woo Suh, Seong-Jun Kim, Eun-Kyeong Jo
Mitochondria are key organelles involved in energy production, functioning as the metabolic hubs of cells. Recent findings emphasize the emerging role of the mitochondrion as a key intracellular signaling platform regulating innate immune and inflammatory responses. Several mitochondrial proteins and mitochondrial reactive oxygen species have emerged as central players orchestrating the innate immune responses to pathogens and damaging ligands. This review explores our current understanding of the roles played by mitochondria in regulation of innate immunity and inflammatory responses...
April 2017: Immune Network
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448295/the-role-of-mitochondrial-stress-in-muscle-wasting-following-severe-burn-trauma
#19
John O Ogunbileje, David N Herndon, Andrew J Murton, Craig Porter
Increased resting metabolic rate (hypermetabolism) and skeletal muscle wasting are hallmarks of the pathophysiological stress response to severe burn trauma. However, whether these two responses occur independently in burn patients or are in fact related remains unclear. In light of recent evidence demonstrating that increased proteolysis in skeletal muscle of burned patients is accompanied by mitochondrial hypermetabolism, oxidative stress, and protein damage; in this article, we discuss the evidence for a role for the mitochondrion in skeletal muscle wasting following severe burn trauma...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445781/mitochondrial-ros-control-of-cancer
#20
REVIEW
María Del Pilar Sosa Idelchik, Ulrike Begley, Thomas J Begley, J Andrés Melendez
Mitochondria serves a primary role in energy maintenance but also function to govern levels of mitochondria-derived reactive oxygen species (mROS). ROS have long been established to play a critical role in tumorigenesis and are now considered to be integral to the regulation of diverse signaling networks that drive proliferation, tumor cell survival and malignant progression. mROS can damage DNA, activate oncogenes, block the function of tumor suppressors and drive migratory signaling. The mitochondrion's oxidant scavenging systems including SOD2, Grx2, GPrx, Trx and TrxR are key of the cellular redox tone...
April 23, 2017: Seminars in Cancer Biology
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