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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641368/glomerular-hyperfiltration-in-obese-african-american-hypertensive-patients-is-associated-with-elevated-urinary-mitochondrial-dna-copy-number
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Alfonso Eirin, Ahmed Saad, John R Woollard, Luis A Juncos, David A Calhoun, Hui Tang, Amir Lerman, Stephen C Textor, Lilach O Lerman
BACKGROUND: Glomerular hyperfiltration may contribute to the high incidence of renal disease in Obese African Americans essential hypertensive (ObAAEH) patients, but the precise mechanisms responsible for renal injury have not been elucidated. Mitochondria are important determinants of renal injury in hypertension, and increased levels of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) in the urine may indicate renal mitochondrial injury. We hypothesized that urine mtDNA copy numbers would be higher in ObAAEH compared to Caucasian essential hypertensive (CEH) patients...
June 14, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640859/toxic-effects-of-atrazine-on-porcine-oocytes-and-possible-mechanisms-of-action
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Bao Yuan, Shuang Liang, Yong-Xun Jin, Ming-Jun Zhang, Jia-Bao Zhang, Nam-Hyung Kim
Because atrazine is a widely used herbicide, its adverse effects on the reproductive system have been extensively researched. In this study, we investigated the effects of atrazine exposure on porcine oocyte maturation and the possible mechanisms. Our results showed that the rates of oocyte maturation significantly decreased after treatment with 200 μM atrazine in vitro. Atrazine treatment resulted in abnormal spindle morphology but did not affect actin distribution. Atrazine exposure not only triggered a DNA damage response but also decreased MPF levels in porcine oocytes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637278/functional-and-structural-analysis-of-at-specific-minor-groove-binders-that-disrupt-dna-protein-interactions-and-cause-disintegration-of-the-trypanosoma-brucei-kinetoplast
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Cinthia R Millan, Francisco J Acosta-Reyes, Laura Lagartera, Godwin U Ebiloma, Leandro Lemgruber, J Jonathan Nué Martínez, Núria Saperas, Christophe Dardonville, Harry P de Koning, J Lourdes Campos
Trypanosoma brucei, the causative agent of sleeping sickness (Human African Trypanosomiasis, HAT), contains a kinetoplast with the mitochondrial DNA (kDNA), comprising of >70% AT base pairs. This has prompted studies of drugs interacting with AT-rich DNA, such as the N-phenylbenzamide bis(2-aminoimidazoline) derivatives 1 [4-((4,5-dihydro-1H-imidazol-2-yl)amino)-N-(4-((4,5-dihydro-1H-imidazol-2-yl)amino)phenyl)benzamide dihydrochloride] and 2 [N-(3-chloro-4-((4,5-dihydro-1H-imidazol-2-yl)amino)phenyl)-4-((4,5-dihydro-1H-imidazol-2-yl)amino)benzamide] as potential drugs for HAT...
June 16, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635329/lead-induces-siberian-tiger-fibroblast-apoptosis-by-interfering-with-intracellular-homeostasis
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Zheng Liu, Hui Wang, Wenxiu Zhang, Ziao Yuan, Hongyi Yuan, Xueting Liu, Minghai Zhang, Xuesong Guo, Weijun Guan
Lead (Pb(2+)) is a poisonous heavy metal that causes many pathophysiological effects in living systems. Its toxicological effects are well known as it causes apoptosis of several cell types and tissues. This study aimed to determine the criteria required for early diagnosis of Pb(2+) poisoning in the Siberian tiger using a tiger population in China, to identify a safety Pb(2+) concentration threshold, and to provide suggestions for preventing Pb(2+) poisoning in Siberian tigers. We investigated the apoptotic effects of Pb(2+) (0, 32, 64, and 125 μM) for 12-48 h on Siberian tiger fibroblasts in vitro...
June 21, 2017: Drug and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634477/metabolomic-analysis-and-mode-of-action-of-metabolites-of-tea-tree-oil-involved-in-the-suppression-of-botrytis-cinerea
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Jiayu Xu, Xingfeng Shao, Yonghua Li, Yingying Wei, Feng Xu, Hongfei Wang
Tea tree oil (TTO), a volatile essential oil, has been widely used as an antimicrobial agent. However, the mechanism underlying TTO antifungal activity is not fully understood. In this study, a comprehensive metabolomics survey was undertaken to identify changes in metabolite production in Botrytis cinerea cells treated with TTO. Significant differences in 91 metabolites were observed, including 8 upregulated and 83 downregulated metabolites in TTO-treated cells. The results indicate that TTO inhibits primary metabolic pathways through the suppression of the tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle and fatty acid metabolism...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634450/leonurine-improves-age-dependent-impaired-angiogenesis-possible-involvement-of-mitochondrial-function-and-hif-1%C3%AE-dependent-vegf-activation
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Jia Qi, Jing J Wang, Jun L Duan, Zhao Y Lu, Yang G Yuan
Objective: Advanced age is associated with impaired angiogenesis in part because of mitochondrial dysfunction. We have recently reported that leonurine exerts protective effects in neuron via regulation of mitochondrial function. The aim of this study was to explore whether leonurine is able to attenuate mitochondrial dysfunction and to enhance angiogenesis in old rats with hindlimb ischemia. Methods and Results: At day 14 after surgery, hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)-1α and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) expression was decreased in the ischemic muscle of aged animals, which was accompanied by enhanced oxidative stress, increased mitochondrial damage, decreased capillary density, and reduced limb perfusion compared with young mice...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634176/impact-of-glycemic-variability-on-chromatin-remodeling-oxidative-stress-and-endothelial-dysfunction-in-type-2-diabetic-patients-with-target-hba1c-levels
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Sarah Costantino, Francesco Paneni, Rodolfo Battista, Lorenzo Castello, Giuliana Capretti, Sergio Chiandotto, Luigi Tanese, Giulio Russo, Dario Pitocco, Gaetano A Lanza, Massimo Volpe, Thomas F Lüscher, Francesco Cosentino
Intensive glycemic control (IGC) targeting HbA1c fails to show an unequivocal reduction of macrovascular complications in type 2 diabetes (T2D), however the underlining mechanisms remain elusive. Epigenetic changes are emerging as important mediators of cardiovascular damage and may play a role in this setting. This study investigates whether epigenetic regulation of the adaptor protein p66(Shc), a key driver of mitochondrial oxidative stress, contributes to persistent vascular dysfunction in T2D patients despite IGC...
June 20, 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631015/ask-yeast-how-to-burn-your-fats-lessons-learned-from-the-metabolic-adaptation-to-salt-stress
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REVIEW
Amparo Pascual-Ahuir, Sara Manzanares-Estreder, Alba Timón-Gómez, Markus Proft
Here, we review and update the recent advances in the metabolic control during the adaptive response of budding yeast to hyperosmotic and salt stress, which is one of the best understood signaling events at the molecular level. This environmental stress can be easily applied and hence has been exploited in the past to generate an impressively detailed and comprehensive model of cellular adaptation. It is clear now that this stress modulates a great number of different physiological functions of the cell, which altogether contribute to cellular survival and adaptation...
June 19, 2017: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630667/evaluation-of-radical-scavenging-system-in-amoeba-chaos-carolinense-during-nutrient-deprivation
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Yuru Deng, Edlyn Li-Hui Lee, Ketpin Chong, Zakaria A Almsherqi
The frequent appearance of non-lamellar membrane arrangements such as cubic membranes (CMs) in cells under stressed or pathological conditions points to an intrinsic cellular response mechanism. CM represents highly curved, three-dimensional nano-periodic structures that correspond to mathematically well-defined triply periodic minimal surfaces. Specifically, cellular membrane may transform into CM organization in response to pathological, inflammatory and oxidative stress conditions. CM organization, thus, may provide an advantage to cope with various types of stress...
August 6, 2017: Interface Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630277/t-cell-intracellular-antigens-and-hu-antigen-r-antagonistically-modulate-mitochondrial-activity-and-dynamics-by-regulating-optic-atrophy-1-gene-expression
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Isabel Carrascoso, José Alcalde, Carmen Sánchez-Jiménez, Paloma González-Sánchez, José M Izquierdo
Mitochondria undergo frequent morphological changes to control their function. We show here that T-cell intracellular antigens (TIA1b/TIARb) and Hu antigen R (HuR) have antagonistic roles in mitochondrial function by modulating the expression of mitochondrial shaping proteins. Expression of TIA1b/TIARb alters the mitochondrial dynamic network by enhancing fission and clustering, which is accompanied by a decrease in respiration. By contrast, HuR expression promotes fusion and cristae remodeling and increases respiratory activity...
June 19, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629773/bering-the-burden-of-damage-pathway-crosstalk-and-posttranslational-modification-of-base-excision-repair-proteins-regulate-dna-damage-management
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REVIEW
Kristin L Limpose, Anita H Corbett, Paul W Doetsch
DNA base damage and non-coding apurinic/apyrimidinic (AP) sites are ubiquitous types of damage that must be efficiently repaired to prevent mutations. These damages can occur in both the nuclear and mitochondrial genomes. Base excision repair (BER) is the frontline pathway for identifying and excising damaged DNA bases in both of these cellular compartments. Recent advances demonstrate that BER does not operate as an isolated pathway but rather dynamically interacts with components of other DNA repair pathways to modulate and coordinate BER functions...
June 9, 2017: DNA Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629039/time-dependent-subcellular-structure-injuries-induced-by-nano-micron-sized-calcium-oxalate-monohydrate-and-dihydrate-crystals
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Xin-Yuan Sun, Kai Yu, Jian-Ming Ouyang
Comparative studies were conducted to investigate the time effect of cell injury induced by nano-sized (50nm) and micron-sized (10μm) calcium oxalate monohydrate (COM) and dihydrate (COD) crystals in African green monkey renal epithelial (Vero) cells. The effects of nano-/micron-sized COM and COD exposure on Vero cells were investigated by detecting the cell viability, cell morphology, LDH release, reactive oxygen species, mitochondrial membrane potential, cell cycle, and cell apoptosis, as well as the intracellular and extracellular crystal distribution...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628083/molecular-basis-of-selective-mitochondrial-fusion-by-heterotypic-action-between-opa1-and-cardiolipin
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Tadato Ban, Takaya Ishihara, Hiroto Kohno, Shotaro Saita, Ayaka Ichimura, Katsumi Maenaka, Toshihiko Oka, Katsuyoshi Mihara, Naotada Ishihara
Mitochondria are highly dynamic organelles that undergo frequent fusion and fission. Optic atrophy 1 (OPA1) is an essential GTPase protein for both mitochondrial inner membrane (IM) fusion and cristae morphology. Under mitochondria-stress conditions, membrane-anchored L-OPA1 is proteolytically cleaved to form peripheral S-OPA1, leading to the selection of damaged mitochondria for mitophagy. However, molecular details of the selective mitochondrial fusion are less well understood. Here, we showed that L-OPA1 and cardiolipin (CL) cooperate in heterotypic mitochondrial IM fusion...
June 19, 2017: Nature Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627684/beneficial-effects-of-huaiqihuang-on-hyperglycemia-induced-mpc5-podocyte-dysfunction-through-the-suppression-of-mitochondrial-dysfunction-and-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress
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Ting-Xia Li, Jian-Hua Mao, Lei Huang, Hai-Dong Fu, Shuo-Hui Chen, Ai-Min Liu, Yu-Qin Liang
The present study was performed to investigate the effect of Huaiqihuang (HQH) on hyperglycemia (HG)-induced mitochondrial dysfunction and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress in MPC5 podocytes. The effects of HQH and HG on cell viability were assessed using an MTT assay. mRNA and protein expression levels were evaluated using reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction and western blot analysis, respectively. Cell apoptosis was assessed using terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase deoxyuridine triphosphate nick end labeling, whereas reactive oxygen species production and alterations in mitochondrial membrane potential were assessed using flow cytometry...
June 12, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627583/deoxyactein-protects-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cells-against-methylglyoxal-induced-oxidative-cell-damage-by-the-upregulation-of-mitochondrial-biogenesis
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Kwang Sik Suh, Eun Mi Choi, Woon-Won Jung, Yu Jin Kim, Soo Min Hong, So Yong Park, Sang Youl Rhee, Suk Chon
Methylglyoxal (MG) is one of the major precursors of advanced glycation end products (AGEs), which are considered to be one of the causes of diabetes and its complications. The root and rhizomes of black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) have long been used medicinally, and deoxyactein is one of its major constituents. In the present study, the protective effects of deoxyactein against MG-induced oxidative cell damage were investigated in insulin-producing pancreatic β-cells. We found that deoxyactein protected the pancreatic β-cells against MG-induced cell death...
June 12, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627426/neurodegenerative-signaling-factors-and-mechanisms-in-parkinson-s-pathology
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REVIEW
Poonam Goswami, Neeraj Joshi, Sarika Singh
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a chronic and progressive degenerative disorder of central nervous system which is mainly characterized by selective loss of dopaminergic neurons in the nigrostrial pathway. Clinical symptoms of this devastating disease comprise motor impairments such as resting tremor, bradykinesia, postural instability and rigidity. Current medications only provide symptomatic relief but fail to halt the dopaminergic neuronal death. While the etiology of dopaminergic neuronal death is not fully understood, combination of various molecular mechanisms seems to play a critical role...
June 13, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627259/first-total-synthesis-of-a-novel-amide-alkaloid-derived-from-aconitum-taipeicum-and-its-anticancer-activity
#17
Xinxin Zhang, Dandan Li, Xuanji Xue, Yan Zhang, Jie Zhang, Chen Huang, Zengjun Guo, Nigatu Tadesse
A concise total synthesis of a naturally occurring 3-isopropyl-tetrahydropyrrolo[1, 2-a]pyrimidine-2, 4(1H, 3H)-dione (ITPD) isolated from Aconitum taipeicum with a three-step approach was depicted in this study for the first time. Two key intermediates, diethyl isopropylmalonate (2) and pyrrolidin-2-amine (3), being synthsesised separately from initial diethyl malonate (4) and 3, 4-dihydro-2H-pyrrol-5-amine (5), were utilised to obtain the compound entitled ITPD. ITPD showed a promising anticancer activity in vitro on SMMC-7721 cell lines...
June 18, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626500/mitophagy-transcriptome-mechanistic-insights-into-polyphenol-mediated-mitophagy
#18
REVIEW
Sijie Tan, Esther Wong
Mitochondria are important bioenergetic and signalling hubs critical for myriad cellular functions and homeostasis. Dysfunction in mitochondria is a central theme in aging and diseases. Mitophagy, a process whereby damaged mitochondria are selectively removed by autophagy, plays a key homeostatic role in mitochondrial quality control. Upregulation of mitophagy has shown to mitigate superfluous mitochondrial accumulation and toxicity to safeguard mitochondrial fitness. Hence, mitophagy is a viable target to promote longevity and prevent age-related pathologies...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626421/divergent-metabolic-regulation-of-autophagy-and-mtorc1-early-events-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#19
REVIEW
Mai A Shafei, Matthew Harris, Myra E Conway
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive disease associated with the production and deposition of amyloid β-peptide (Aβ) aggregates and neurofibrillary tangles, which lead to synaptic and neuronal damage. Reduced autophagic flux has been widely associated with the accumulation of autophagic vacuoles (AV), which has been proposed to contribute to aggregate build-up observed in AD. As such, targeting autophagy regulation has received wide review, where an understanding as to how this mechanism can be controlled will be important to neuronal health...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626114/thyroid-stimulating-hormone-stimulation-downregulates-autophagy-and-promotes-apoptosis-in-chondrocytes
#20
Wei Xin, Yue Yu, Yuan Ma, Yuan Gao, Ying Xu, Liyong Chen, Qiang Wan
Subclinical hypothyroidism (SCH) patients have normal thyroid hormone levels but increased thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) level in serum. It has been reported that high TSH is related to abnormal skeletal development in mice with hypothyroidism. However, the cellular mechanism is not fully understood. In the present study, we aim to investigate the direct effects of TSH stimulation on chondrocytes, and the putative role of autophagy in this process. By using EdU incorporation assay and flow cytometry for mitochondrial membrane potential assay, we demonstrated deceased proliferation and promoted apoptosis in TSH stimulated primary mouse chondrocytes...
June 13, 2017: Endocrine Journal
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