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Mahar Fatima, Bharat Prajapati, Kanza Saleem, Rina Kumari, Chitra Mohindar Singh Singal, Pankaj Seth
Astroglia are indispensable component of the tripartite synapse ensheathing innumerous soma and synapses. Its proximity to neurons aids the regulation of neuronal functions, health and survival through dynamic neuroglia crosstalk. Susceptibility of astrocyte to HIV-1 infection and subsequent latency culminates in compromised neuronal health. The viral protein HIV-1 transactivator of transcription (Tat) is neurotoxic. HIV-1 Tat is detected in brain of AIDS patients even in cases where viral load is non-detectable due to successful HAART therapy...
October 20, 2016: Glia
Danya Ben-Hail, Racheli Begas-Shvartz, Moran Shalev, Anna Shteinfer-Kuzmine, Arie Gruzman, Simona Reina, Vito De Pinto, Varda Shoshan-Barmatz
Apoptosis is thought to play a critical role in several pathological processes, such as neurodegenerative diseases (i.e., Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases) and various cardiovascular diseases. Despite the fact that apoptotic mechanisms are well defined, there is still no substantial therapeutic strategy to stop or even slow this process. Thus, there is an unmet need for therapeutic agents that are able to block or slow apoptosis in neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases. The outer mitochondrial membrane protein voltage-dependent anion channel 1 (VDAC1) is a convergence point for a variety of cell survival and death signals, including apoptosis...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Andrea Magrì, Ramona Belfiore, Simona Reina, Marianna Flora Tomasello, Maria Carmela Di Rosa, Francesca Guarino, Loredana Leggio, Vito De Pinto, Angela Messina
Superoxide Dismutase 1 mutants associate with 20-25% of familial Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) cases, producing toxic aggregates on mitochondria, notably in spinal cord. The Voltage Dependent Anion Channel isoform 1 (VDAC1) in the outer mitochondrial membrane is a docking site for SOD1 G93A mutant in ALS mice and the physiological receptor of Hexokinase I (HK1), which is poorly expressed in mouse spinal cord. Our results demonstrate that HK1 competes with SOD1 G93A for binding VDAC1, suggesting that in ALS spinal cord the available HK1-binding sites could be used by SOD1 mutants for docking mitochondria, producing thus organelle dysfunction...
October 10, 2016: Scientific Reports
William J Smiles, Evelyn B Parr, Vernon G Coffey, Orly Lacham-Kaplan, John A Hawley, Donny M Camera
Alcohol ingestion decreases post-exercise rates of muscle protein synthesis, but the mechanism(s) (e.g., increased protein breakdown) underlying this observation are unknown. Autophagy is an intracellular "recycling" system required for homeostatic substrate and organelle turnover; its dysregulation may provoke apoptosis and lead to muscle atrophy. We investigated the acute effects of alcohol ingestion on autophagic cell signaling responses to a bout of concurrent (combined resistance- and endurance-based) exercise...
September 27, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
Weibin Wang, Taiping Zhang, Wenjing Zhao, Lai Xu, Yu Yang, Quan Liao, Yupei Zhao
Immunogenic membrane antigens associated with multiple biological functions of human cancer cells, have significant value in molecule diagnosis and targeted therapy. Here we screened immunogenic membrane antigens in pancreatic cancer by immunobloting IgG purified from sera of 66 pancreatic cancer patients with membrane proteins separated from two-dimensional PAGE of human pancreatic cancer cell line SWl990, and identified voltage-dependent anion channel 1 (VDAC1) as one of the potential immunogenic membrane antigens...
2016: Scientific Reports
Tackmin Kwon
The efficiency of Agrobacterium-mediated transformation in plants depends on the virulence of Agrobacterium strains, the plant tissue culture conditions, and the susceptibility of host plants. Understanding the molecular interactions between Agrobacterium and host plant cells is crucial when manipulating the susceptibility of recalcitrant crop plants and protecting orchard trees from crown gall disease. It was discovered that Arabidopsis voltage-dependent anion channel 1 (atvdac1) mutant has drastic effects on Agrobacterium-mediated tumorigenesis and growth developmental phenotypes, and that these effects are dependent on a Ws-0 genetic background...
September 2016: Molecules and Cells
N M Mazure
The voltage-dependent anion channel (VDAC) is the main interface between the cytosol and mitochondria of cells. It plays a crucial role in both mitochondrial metabolism and cell death. The main basic function of this channel is to mediate and gate the flux of small ions, metabolites, and adenosine triphosphate. Changes in its structure, and thus conformation, are expected to affect its activity and modulate the ability of cancer cells to expand. In this review, we describe a novel mechanism by which mitochondria of cells in hypoxia, a low level of oxygen, protects from apoptosis...
2016: Frontiers in Oncology
Sara Freitas, Rosário Martins, Margarida Costa, Pedro N Leão, Rui Vitorino, Vitor Vasconcelos, Ralph Urbatzka
BACKGROUND: Hierridin B was isolated from a marine cyanobacterium Cyanobium sp. strain and induced cytotoxicity selectively in HT-29 adenocarcinoma cells. The underlying molecular mechanism was not yet elucidated. METHODS: HT-29 cells were exposed to the IC50 concentration of hierridin B (100.2 μM) for 48 h. Non-targeted proteomics was performed using 2D gel electrophoresis and MALDI-TOF/TOF mass spectrometry. The mRNA expression of apoptotic and cell cycle genes were analyzed by real-time PCR...
August 31, 2016: Marine Drugs
Creed M Stary, Xiaoyun Sun, YiBing Ouyang, Le Li, Rona G Giffard
Neurons in the cornu ammonis 1 (CA1) region of the hippocampus are vulnerable to cerebral ischemia, while dentate gyrus (DG) neurons are more resistant. This effect is mediated by local astrocytes, and may reflect differences in subregional hippocampal expression of miR-29a. We investigated the role of miR-29a on survival of hippocampal astrocytes cultured selectively from CA1 and DG in response to glucose deprivation (GD). CA1 astrocytes exhibited more cell death and a greater decrease in miR-29a than DG astrocytes...
September 2016: Mitochondrion
Dawei Zhang, Yew Mun Yip, Liben Li
Hexokinase 2 (HK2) binds to Voltage-Dependent Anion Channel 1 (VDAC1) on mitochondrial outer membrane (MOM) to facilitate a preferential access of ATP to HK2 for glycolysis, in order to maintain a constant energy source for cell proliferation in cancer especially. While previous studies have discovered that the VDAC1 N-terminal helix is responsible for regulating molecules from within mitochondria to cytoplasm, the molecular mechanism of how HK2 is able to regulate the ATP access remains elusive. We hereby propose a model for the HK2-VDAC1 association...
September 2016: Mitochondrion
Dongmei Li, Ji Zheng, Mingyang Wang, Lu Feng, Zhili Ren, Yanyong Liu, Nan Yang, Pingping Zuo
Low response rate was witnessed with the present monoaminergic based antidepressants, urging a need for new therapeutic target identification. Accumulated evidences strongly suggest that mitochondrial deficit is implicated in major depression and 18kDa translocator protein (TSPO) plays an important role in regulating mitochondrial function. However the changes of TSPO and TSPO mediated mitophagy pathway in the depressive brain is unclear. In present study, a well validated animal model of depression, learned helplessness (LH), was employed to investigate the relevant changes...
November 30, 2016: Psychiatry Research
Pasquale Picone, Silvia Vilasi, Fabio Librizzi, Marco Contardi, Domenico Nuzzo, Luca Caruana, Sara Baldassano, Antonella Amato, Flavia Mulè, Pier Luigi San Biagio, Daniela Giacomazza, Marta Di Carlo
The onset of Alzheimer disease (AD) is influenced by several risk factors comprising diabetes. Within this context, antidiabetic drugs, including metformin, are investigated for their effect on AD. We report that in the C57B6/J mice, metformin is delivered to the brain where activates AMP-activated kinase (AMPK), its molecular target. This drug affects the levels of β-secretase (BACE1) and β-amyloid precursor protein (APP), promoting processing and aggregation of β-amyloid (Aβ), mainly in the cortex region...
August 2016: Aging
Cung Hoa Thien Quach, Kyung-Ho Jung, Jin Hee Lee, Jin Won Park, Seung Hwan Moon, Young Seok Cho, Yearn Seong Choe, Kyung-Han Lee
To fully understand the glycolytic behavior of cancer cells, it is important to recognize how it is linked to pH dynamics. Here, we evaluated the acute effects of mild acidification and alkalization on cancer cell glucose uptake and glycolytic flux and investigated the role of hexokinase (HK). Cancer cells exposed to buffers with graded pH were measured for 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) uptake, lactate production and HK activity. Subcellular localization of HK protein was assessed by western blots and confocal microscopy...
2016: PloS One
Changlin Zhang, Wencheng Ding, Yuan Liu, Zheng Hu, Da Zhu, Xiaoli Wang, Lan Yu, Liming Wang, Hui Shen, Weican Zhang, Ci Ren, Kezhen Li, Danhui Weng, Wuguo Deng, Ding Ma, Hui Wang
We used oxidative isotope-coded affinity tags (OxICAT) to investigate the global redox status of proteins in human papillomavirus (HPV)-related cervical cancer cells, in order to identify a potential target for gene therapy. Voltage-dependent anion channel 1 (VDAC1) was found to be highly oxidized in HPV-positive cervical cancer cells. VDAC1 expression correlated significantly with the invasion of cervical cancer, the grade of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) and the expression of HPV16 E7 in CIN. Knockdown of VDAC1 in cell lines increased the rate of apoptosis, while overexpression of the VDAC1 (respectively) partly reversed the effect...
July 13, 2016: Oncotarget
X Zhang, Y Ling, Y Guo, Y Bai, X Shi, F Gong, P Tan, Y Zhang, C Wei, X He, A Ramirez, X Liu, C Cao, H Zhong, Q Xu, R Z Ma
Targeting mitotic kinase monopolar spindle 1 (Mps1) for tumor therapy has been investigated for many years. Although it was suggested that Mps1 regulates cell viability through its role in spindle assembly checkpoint (SAC), the underlying mechanism remains less defined. In an endeavor to reveal the role of high levels of mitotic kinase Mps1 in the development of colon cancer, we unexpectedly found the amount of Mps1 required for cell survival far exceeds that of maintaining SAC in aneuploid cell lines. This suggests that other functions of Mps1 besides SAC are also employed to maintain cell viability...
2016: Cell Death & Disease
Guanxin Zhang, Gengxi Jiang, Chong Wang, Keng Zhong, Jiajun Zhang, Qing Xue, Xin Li, Hai Jin, Bailing Li
Accumulating evidence indicates that Voltage Dependent Anion Channel 1 (VDAC1) correlates with the initiation and progression of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, the regulatory mechanism of VDAC1 in NSCLC remains unclear. Previous studies have reported that expression of miR-320a was decreased in human primary squamous cell lung carcinoma, which prompted us to investigate whether there is a functional link between decreased miR-320a and a high expression of VDAC1. In the present report, using computational analysis, we first show that miR-320a has a potential binding site on VDAC1 mRNA, and expression of miR-320a was decreased in NSCLC cell lines...
June 11, 2016: Oncotarget
Aimin Qiao, Kuansong Wang, Yunsheng Yuan, Yidi Guan, Xingcong Ren, Lanya Li, Xisha Chen, Feng Li, Alex F Chen, Jianda Zhou, Jin-Ming Yang, Yan Cheng
Sirt3, a mitochondrial deacetylase, participates in the regulation of multiple cellular processes through its effect on protein acetylation. The objective of this study was to explore the role of Sirt3 in the mitochondrial autophagy (mitophagy), a process of the specific autophagic elimination of damaged mitochondria. We found that silencing of Sirt3 expression in human glioma cells by RNA interference blunted the hypoxia-induced the localization of LC3 on the mitochondria, and the degradation of mitochondria...
May 30, 2016: Oncotarget
Matteo Giulietti, Giulia Occhipinti, Giovanni Principato, Francesco Piva
PURPOSE: Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is a highly aggressive malignancy. Up till now, the patient's prognosis remains poor which, among others, is due to the paucity of reliable early diagnostic biomarkers. In the past, candidate diagnostic biomarkers and therapeutic targets have been delineated from genes that were found to be differentially expressed in normal versus tumour samples. Recently, new systems biology approaches have been developed to analyse gene expression data, which may yield new biomarkers...
August 2016: Cellular Oncology (Dordrecht)
Benjamin Clémençon, Michael Fine, Matthias A Hediger
The voltage-dependent anion-selective channel (VDAC) is an intrinsic β-barrel membrane protein located within the mitochondrial outer membrane where it serves as a pore, connecting the mitochondria to the cytosol. The high-resolution structures of both the human and murine VDACs have been resolved by X-ray diffraction and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) in 2008. However, the structural data are not completely in line with the findings that were obtained after decades of research on biochemical and functional analysis of VDAC...
August 2016: Biochimie
Feng Fu, Dingfeng Wu, Chao Qian
Recently, the study of microRNA expression profile has shown that miR-224 was implicated in neuron injury, but the mechanism of miR-224 on regulating neuronal apoptosis is completely unclear until now. Therefore, the current study aims to illuminate the miR-224 and its target gene on the modulation of neuronal cell apoptosis induced by ischemic injury. In this study, we used oxygen/glucose deprivation (OGD)-induced human-derived HCN-2 cells to establish the model of cerebral ischemia injury. We found that miR-224 was upregulated in injured cells (human brain cortical neuron)...
July 2016: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
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