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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198506/inhibition-of-mitochondrial-calcium-uptake-1-in-drosophila-neurons
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P G M'Angale, B E Staveley
The mitochondrial calcium uptake 1 (MICU1) is a regulatory subunit of the mitochondrial calcium uniporter that plays an important role in calcium sensing. It contains two EF-hand domains that are well conserved across diverse species from protozoa to plants and metazoans. The loss of MICU1 function in mammals is attributed to several neurological disorders that involve movement dysfunction. The CG4495 gene in Drosophila melanogaster was identified as a putative homolog of MICU1 in the HomoloGene database of the National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)...
February 8, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195532/horizontal-transfer-of-whole-mitochondria-restores-tumorigenic-potential-in-mitochondrial-dna-deficient-cancer-cells
#2
Lan-Feng Dong, Jaromira Kovarova, Martina Bajzikova, Ayenachew Bezawork-Geleta, David Svec, Berwini Endaya, Karishma Sachaphibulkij, Ana R Coelho, Natasa Sebkova, Anna Ruzickova, An S Tan, Katarina Kluckova, Kristyna Judasova, Katerina Zamecnikova, Zuzana Rychtarcikova, Vinod Gopalan, Margaryta Sobol, Bing Yan, Bijay Pattnaik, Naveen Bhatraju, Jaroslav Truksa, Pavel Stopka, Pavel Hozak, Alfred Lam, Radislav Sedlacek, Paulo J Oliveira, Mikael Kubista, Anurag Agrawal, Katerina Dvorakova-Hortova, Jakub Rohlena, Michael V Berridge, Jiri Neuzil
Recently we showed that generation of tumours in syngeneic mice by cells devoid of mitochondrial (mt) DNA (ρ(0) cells) is linked to acquisition of the host mtDNA. However, the mechanism of mtDNA movement between cells remains unresolved. To determine whether transfer of mtDNA involves whole mitochondria, we injected B16ρ(0) mouse melanoma cells into syngeneic C57BL/6N(su9-DsRed2) mice that express red fluorescent protein in their mitochondria. We document that mtDNA is acquired by transfer of whole mitochondria from the host animal, leading to normalisation of mitochondrial respiration...
February 14, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177040/clinical-pathological-and-molecular-evaluations-and-ct-scan-screening-of-coenurosis-coenurus-cerebralis-in-sheep-and-calves
#3
Abdullah Gazioglu, Sami Simsek, Omer Kizil, Ali Osman Ceribasi, Harun Kaya Kesik, Haroon Ahmed
The aims of this study were to diagnose coenurosis by means of computerized tomography (CT) scan imaging and molecular characterization of the CO1 gene using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Sheep and calves were necropsied, and CT scans on the cephalic region were performed on the animals. Sections of brain tissue infected with parasites were then stained with hematoxylin and eosin for microscopic examination. Material collected from brain cysts was fixed in 70% ethanol. PCR amplification was carried out using the CO1 mitochondrial gene...
February 6, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Parasitologia Veterinária, Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168008/protective-effect-of-antioxidants-on-neuronal-dysfunction-and-plasticity-in-huntington-s-disease
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REVIEW
Thirunavukkarasu Velusamy, Archana S Panneerselvam, Meera Purushottam, Muthuswamy Anusuyadevi, Pramod Kumar Pal, Sanjeev Jain, Musthafa Mohamed Essa, Gilles J Guillemin, Mahesh Kandasamy
Huntington's disease (HD) is characterised by movement disorders, cognitive impairments, and psychiatric problems. The abnormal generation of reactive oxygen species and the resulting oxidative stress-induced mitochondrial damage in neurons upon CAG mutations in the HTT gene have been hypothesized as the contributing factors of neurodegeneration in HD. The potential use of antioxidants against free radical toxicity has been an emerging field in the management of ageing and many neurodegenerative disorders. Neural stem cells derived adult neurogenesis represents the regenerative capacity of the adult brain...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164383/physiological-biochemical-anthropometric-and-biomechanical-influences-on-exercise-economy-in-humans
#5
Carsten Lundby, David Montero, Saskia Gehrig, Ulrika Anderson Hall, Pascal Kaiser, Robert Boushel, Anne-Kristine Meinild Lundby, Niels Kirk, Paola Valdivieso, Martin Flück, Niels H Secher, Frederik Edin, Tobias Hein, Klavs Madsen
Inter-individual variation in running and cycling exercise economy (EE) remains unexplained although studied for more than a century. This study is the first to comprehensively evaluate the importance of biochemical, structural, physiological, anthropometric, and biomechanical influences on running and cycling EE within a single study. In 22 healthy males (VO2 max range 45.5 to 72.1 ml.min(-1) .kg(-1) ) no factor related to skeletal muscle structure (% slow twitch fibre content, number of capillaries per fibre), mitochondrial properties (volume density, oxidative capacity, or mitochondrial efficiency) or protein content (UCP3 and MFN2 expression) explained variation in cycling and running EE among subjects...
February 5, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161998/paternal-genetic-structure-in-contemporary-mennonite-communities-from-the-american-midwest
#6
Kristine G Beaty, M J Mosher, Michael H Crawford, Phillip Melton
Over the last 35 years, researchers from the Laboratory of Biological Anthropology at the University of Kansas have been working with Mennonite communities to better understand evolutionary patterns of fission-fusion in relationship to their genetic history and population structure. In this study, short tandem repeat (STR) markers from the nonrecombining region of the Y chromosome (NRY) provided increased resolution of the molecular population structure for these groups. NRY is known to be informative for determining paternal genetic ancestral patterns in recently derived human populations...
April 2016: Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158188/dna-multigene-characterization-of-fasciola-hepatica-and-lymnaea-neotropica-and-its-fascioliasis-transmission-capacity-in-uruguay-with-historical-correlation-human-report-review-and-infection-risk-analysis
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María Dolores Bargues, Valeria Gayo, Jaime Sanchis, Patricio Artigas, Messaoud Khoubbane, Soledad Birriel, Santiago Mas-Coma
BACKGROUND: Fascioliasis is a pathogenic disease transmitted by lymnaeid snails and recently emerging in humans, in part due to effects of climate changes, anthropogenic environment modifications, import/export and movements of livestock. South America is the continent presenting more human fascioliasis hyperendemic areas and the highest prevalences and intensities known. These scenarios appear mainly linked to altitude areas in Andean countries, whereas lowland areas of non-Andean countries, such as Uruguay, only show sporadic human cases or outbreaks...
February 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28133829/evidence-for-concerted-movement-of-nuclear-and-mitochondrial-clines-in-a-lizard-hybrid-zone
#8
Adam D Leaché, Jared A Grummer, Rebecca B Harris, Ian Breckheimer
Moving hybrid zones provide compelling examples of evolution in action, yet long-term studies that test the assumptions of hybrid zone stability are rare. Using replicated transect samples collected over a 10 year interval from 2002 to 2012, we find evidence for concerted movement of genetic clines in a plateau fence lizard hybrid zone (Sceloporus tristichus) in Arizona. Cline-fitting analyses of SNP and mtDNA data both provide evidence that the hybrid zone shifted northward by approximately two kilometres during the 10 year interval...
January 30, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131770/dopamine-d3-receptor-modulated-neuroprotective-effects-of-lisuride
#9
Munki Kim, Sijoon Lee, Jeahyeon Cho, Gonsup Kim, Chungkil Won
Dopamine (DA) contributes to the regulation of voluntary movement, and a deficiency in DAergic neurons leads to movement disorders. The objective of this study was to examine the neuroprotective effect of DA D2-like receptor agonist, lisuride, and the role of DA receptors in this protection. Treatment with lisuride alleviated loss of tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) both direct and intraperitoneal injection in 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) mouse model. Similar results were obtained in primary neuronal cultures treated with lisuride...
January 25, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100843/pathophysiology-and-molecular-basis-of-selected-metabolic-abnormalities-in-huntington-s-disease
#10
Jolanta Krzysztoń-Russjan
Huntington's disease (HD) is an incurable, devastating neurodegenerative disease with a known genetic background and autosomally dominant inheritance pattern. HTT gene mutation (mHTT) is associated with polymorphic fragment elongation above 35 repeats of the CAG triplet. The mHTT product is an altered protein with a poly-Q elongated fragment, with the highest expression determined in the central nervous system (CNS) and with differentiated expression outside the CNS. A drastic loss of striatal and deeper layers of the cerebral cortex neurons was determined in the CNS, but muscle and body weight mass loss with dysfunction of many organs was also observed...
December 30, 2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097511/brain-calcification-and-movement-disorders
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REVIEW
Vladimir S Kostić, Igor N Petrović
Brain calcifications may be an incidental finding on neuroimaging in normal, particularly older individuals, but can also indicate numerous hereditary and nonhereditary syndromes, and metabolic, environmental, infectious, autoimmune, mitochondrial, traumatic, or toxic disorders. Bilateral calcifications most commonly affecting the basal ganglia may often be found in idiopathic cases, and a new term, primary familial brain calcification (PFBC), has been proposed that recognizes the genetic causes of the disorder and that calcifications occurred well beyond the basal ganglia...
January 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079106/extreme-mitochondrial-variation-in-the-atlantic-gall-crab-opecarcinus-hypostegus-decapoda-cryptochiridae-reveals-adaptive-genetic-divergence-over-agaricia-coral-hosts
#12
Kaj M van Tienderen, Sancia E T van der Meij
The effectiveness of migration in marine species exhibiting a pelagic larval stage is determined by various factors, such as ocean currents, pelagic larval stage duration and active habitat selection. Direct measurement of larval movements is difficult and, consequently, factors determining the gene flow patterns remain poorly understood for many species. Patterns of gene flow play a key role in maintaining genetic homogeneity in a species by dampening the effects of local adaptation. Coral-dwelling gall crabs (Cryptochiridae) are obligate symbionts of stony corals (Scleractinia)...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065674/mitochondria-in-teleost-spermatozoa
#13
REVIEW
Patricio Ulloa-Rodríguez, Elías Figueroa, Rommy Díaz, Manuel Lee-Estevez, Stefania Short, Jorge G Farías
There is an extraordinary diversity of reproductive modes in teleost and this variability is related to the phylogenetic relationships and adaption to very different biotopes. As in all vertebrates, sperm is produced as the end product of the process of spermatogenesis, and regarding teleost the spermatozoa lack an acrosome in almost all species and motility is activated as a response to osmolarity and ion content of the aquatic medium where the sperm is released. In this context, mitochondria possess a fundamental role for fish spermatozoa motility and integrity, hence, fertilizing potential; they are the energy supplier that allows flagellar movement and their dysfunction could play a main role in structural and functional damage to the spermatozoa...
January 5, 2017: Mitochondrion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058736/effect-of-mitochondrial-uncoupling-and-glycolysis-inhibition-on-ram-sperm-functionality
#14
Jda Losano, Dsr Angrimani, A Dalmazzo, B R Rui, M M Brito, C M Mendes, Gkv Kawai, C I Vannucchi, Meoa Assumpção, V H Barnabe, M Nichi
Studies have demonstrated the importance of mitochondria to sperm functionality, as the main source of ATP for cellular homoeostasis and motility. However, the role of mitochondria on sperm metabolism is still controversial. Studies indicate that, for some species, glycolysis may be the main mechanism for sperm energy production. For ram sperm, such pathway is not clear. Thus, we evaluated ram sperm in response to mitochondrial uncoupling and glycolysis inhibition aiming to assess the importance of each pathway for sperm functionality...
January 6, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057299/mechanisms-of-parkinson-s-disease-lessons-from-drosophila
#15
V L Hewitt, A J Whitworth
The power of Drosophila genetics has attracted attention in tackling important biomedical challenges such as the understanding and prevention of neurodegenerative diseases. Parkinson's disease (PD) is the most common neurodegenerative movement disorder which results from the relentless degeneration of midbrain dopaminergic neurons. Over the past two decades tremendous advances have been made in identifying genes responsible for inherited forms of PD. The ease of genetic manipulation in Drosophila has spurred the development of numerous models of PD, including expression of human genes carrying pathogenic mutations or the targeted mutation of conserved orthologs...
2017: Current Topics in Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054362/the-6-min-mastication-test-a-unique-test-to-assess-endurance-of-continuous-chewing-normal-values-reliability-reproducibility-and-usability-in-patients-with-mitochondrial-disease
#16
L van den Engel-Hoek, S Knuijt, M H J C van Gerven, M L J Lagarde, J T Groothuis, I J M de Groot, M C H Janssen
In patients with mitochondrial disease, fatigue and muscle problems are the most common complaints. They also experience these complaints during mastication. To measure endurance of continuous mastication in patients with mitochondrial diseases, the 6-min mastication test (6MMT) was developed. This study included the collection of normal data for the 6MMT in a healthy population (children and adults). During 6 min of continuous mastication on a chew tube chewing cycles per minute, total amount of chewing cycles and the difference between minute 1 (M1 ) and minute 6 (M2 ) were collected in 271 healthy participants (5-80 years old)...
March 2017: Journal of Oral Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047771/su-g-tep3-07-on-the-development-of-mechano-biological-assessment-of-leukemia-cells-using-optical-tweezers
#17
E Brost, J Brooks, J Piepenburg, S Chakraborty, T Das, A Green, Y Watanabe, S Hui
PURPOSE: Patients with BCR-ABL (Ph +ve) acute lymphoblastic leukemia are at very high risk of relapse and mortality. In line with the NIH mission to understand the physical and biological processes, we seek to report mechano-biological method to assessment and distinguish treated/untreated leukemia cells. METHODS: BCR-ABL leukemia cell populations and silica microspheres were trapped in a 100x magnification optical trapping system (λ=660 nm, 70 mW). Light refracted through the trapped sample was collected in the back focal plane by a quadrant detector to measure the positions of individual cells...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045054/population-genetics-of-the-manila-clam-ruditapes-philippinarum-introduced-in-north-america-and-europe
#18
David Cordero, Marina Delgado, Baozhong Liu, Jennifer Ruesink, Carlos Saavedra
Globally, the Manila clam (Ruditapes philippinarum) stands as the second most important bivalve species in fisheries and aquaculture. Native to the Pacific coast of Asia, it is now well-established in North America and Europe, where its on-going management reflects local economic interests. The historic record of transfers spans the 20(th) century and suggests sequential movement from Japan to North America, as a hitch-hiker on oysters, and then intentional introduction in Europe, but global genetic data are missing...
January 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28044282/are-prepubertal-children-metabolically-comparable-to-well-trained-adult-endurance-athletes
#19
REVIEW
Sébastien Ratel, Anthony J Blazevich
It is well acknowledged that prepubertal children have smaller body dimensions and a poorer mechanical (movement) efficiency, and thus a lower work capacity than adults. However, the scientific evidence indicates that prepubertal children have a greater net contribution of energy derived from aerobic metabolism in exercising muscle and reduced susceptibility to muscular fatigue, which makes them metabolically comparable to well-trained adult endurance athletes. For example, the relative energy contribution from oxidative and non-oxidative (i...
January 2, 2017: Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039521/echs1-deficiency-associated-paroxysmal-exercise-induced-dyskinesias-case-presentation-and-initial-benefit-of-intervention
#20
Abhimanyu Mahajan, Jules Constantinou, Christos Sidiropoulos
Paroxysmal exercise-induced dyskinesias (PED) are paroxysmal dyskinesias which manifest as dystonic movements brought on by sustained exercise. ECHS1 deficiency-induced EID was recently described by Olgiati et al. Our patient is an 8-year-old boy, who presented with intermittent episodes of stiffness and contractions affecting the legs which were always brought on by vigorous exertion. They began with curling of the toes and flexion, followed by stiffening of gait. These episodes were asymmetric, uncomfortable and often began in the left leg, often spreading to the right leg...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Neurology
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