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Plasma mitochondrial dna

Jun-Wei Shen, Ming Shan, Yuan-Yuan Peng, Ting-Jun Fan
PURPOSE: To investigate the cytotoxic effect of latanoprost on corneal stroma and its underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms using non-transfected human corneal stromal (HCS) cells as an in vitro model. METHODS: After HCS cells were treated with latanoprost at concentrations varying from 50 mg/l (clinical therapeutic dosage) to 0.78125 mg/l, and cell morphology, cell viability, and cell cycle were detected by light microscopy, methyl thiazolyl tetrazolium assay, and flow cytometry (FCM) with propidium iodide (PI) staining, respectively...
October 17, 2016: Current Eye Research
Yamilee Hurtado-Roca, Marta Ledesma, Monica Gonzalez-Lazaro, Raquel Moreno-Loshuertos, Patricio Fernandez-Silva, Jose Antonio Enriquez, Martin Laclaustra
Alterations of mitochondrial DNA copy number (mtDNAcn) in the blood (mitochondrial to nuclear DNA ratio) appear associated with several systemic diseases, including primary mitochondrial disorders, carcinogenesis, and hematologic diseases. Measuring mtDNAcn in DNA extracted from whole blood (WB) instead of from peripheral blood mononuclear cells or buffy coat may yield different results due to mitochondrial DNA present in platelets. The aim of this work is to quantify the contribution of platelets to mtDNAcn in whole blood [mtDNAcn(WB)] and to propose a correction formula to estimate leukocytes' mtDNAcn [mtDNAcn(L)] from mtDNAcn(WB)...
2016: PloS One
Chaoyi Qin, Jun Gu, Ruiqi Liu, Fei Xu, Hong Qian, Qian He, Wei Meng
OBJECTIVE: The present study is an exploration of the dynamic changes of plasma mitochondrial deoxyribonucleic acid (mtDNA) and inflammatory level in patients with acute myocardial infarction (MI). METHODS: Thirty-eight patients with acute MI and 33 control participants were included in the study. Blood samples were collected on admission, 12 hours post-percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), 24 hours post-PCI, and 48 hours post-PCI. White blood cell (WBC) count and Creactive protein (CRP) level were determined...
October 5, 2016: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
E Malama, Y Zeron, F Janett, M Siuda, Z Roth, H Bollwein
Seasonal fluctuations of climate are considered a major factor affecting spermatogenesis and semen quality in the bovine. Our study aimed to investigate the effect of season on functional parameters of frozen-thawed bovine semen using computer-assisted sperm analysis (CASA) and flow cytometry. For this purpose, 86 ejaculates were collected from five mature Holstein-Friesian bulls kept under subtropical conditions during summer (August to September; n = 43) and winter (December to January; n = 43) months. Semen was diluted with a Tris-egg yolk-based extender and frozen at -196 °C...
August 25, 2016: Theriogenology
Debasis Nayak, Manisha Kumari, Sripathi Rajachandar, Sarbani Ashe, Neethi Chandra Thathapudi, Bismita Nayak
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are double edged sword that possesses both beneficial and harmful effects. Although basic research on skin cancer prevention has undergone a huge transformation, cases of recurrence with higher rates of drug resistance are some of its drawbacks. Therefore, targeting mitochondria by ROS overproduction provides an alternate approach for anticancer therapy. In the present study green synthesized silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) were explored for triggering the ROS production in A431 skin carcinoma cells...
October 7, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Eva Iniguez, Armando Varela-Ramirez, Alberto Martínez, Roberto A Sánchez-Delgado, Rosa A Maldonado
In previous studies we reported a novel series of organometallic compounds, Ru(II) complexed with clotrimazole, displaying potent trypanosomatid activity with unnoticeable toxicity toward normal mammalian cells. In view of the promising activity of Ru-clotrimazole complexes against Leishmania major (L. major), the present work sought to investigate the anti-leishmanial activity of the AM162 complex in the murine model of cutaneous leishmaniasis. In addition, to facilitate the design of new therapeutic strategies against this disease, we investigated the mode of action of two Ru-clotrimazole complexes in L...
September 29, 2016: Acta Tropica
Chiun-Chieh Yu, Meng-Hsiang Chen, Cheng-Hsien Lu, Yung-Cheng Huang, Hsiu-Ling Chen, Nai-Wen Tsai, Hung-Chen Wang, I-Hsiao Yang, Shau-Hsuan Li, Wei-Che Lin
Parkinson's disease (PD) is the most second common neurodegenerative movement disorder. Neuroinflammation due to systemic inflammation and elevated oxidative stress is considered a major factor promoting the pathogenesis of PD, but the relationship of structural brain imaging parameters to clinical inflammatory markers has not been well studied. Our aim was to evaluate the association of magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) measures with inflammatory markers. Blood samples were collected from 33 patients with newly diagnosed PD and 30 healthy volunteers...
2016: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
A D Naveen Kumar, Ganesh Babu Bevara, Laxmi Koteswaramma Kaja, Anil Kumar Badana, Rama Rao Malla
BACKGROUND: Hydrogen peroxide is continuously generated in living cells through metabolic pathways and serves as a source of reactive oxygen species. Beyond the threshold level, it damages cells and causes several human disorders, including cancer. METHODS: Effect of isolated 3-O-methyl quercetin and kaempferol on H2O2 induced cytotoxicity, ROS formation, plasma membrane damage, loss of mitochondrial membrane potential, DNA damage was evaluated in normal liver and lung cells...
September 29, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Vladimir A Morozov, Shaun Wynyard, Shinichi Matsumoto, Adrian Abalovich, Joachim Denner, Robert Elliott
Xenotransplantation of pig islet cells is a promising alternative for the treatment of diabetes with insulin and may help to prevent numerous late complications such as blindness and amputation. First encouraging results using porcine islets have been reported in preclinical animal models as well in the first clinical trial in New Zealand. The goal of this manuscript is to examine the biological safety of a second trial performed in Argentina, specifically in regards to the transmission of porcine endogenous retroviruses (PERVs) using improved detection methods As in the first trial encapsulated islet cells from the well-characterised Auckland Island pigs were used...
September 24, 2016: Virus Research
Priya Handa, Akhila Vemulakonda, Kris V Kowdley, Misael Uribe, Nahum Méndez-Sánchez
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common liver disease worldwide, affecting approximately one third of the Western world. It consists of a wide spectrum of liver disorders, ranging from fatty liver to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), which consists of steatosis, ballooning injury and inflammation. Despite an alarming growth in the statistics surrounding NAFLD, there are as yet no effective therapies for its treatment. Innate immune signaling has been thought to play a significant role in initiating and augmenting hepatic inflammation, contributing to the transition from nonalcoholic fatty liver to NASH...
August 21, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Syeda S Ameer, YiYi Xu, Karin Engström, Huiqi Li, Pia Tallving, Barbro Nermell, Analia Boemo, Luis A Parada, Lidia G Peñaloza, Gabriela Concha, Florencia Harari, Marie Vahter, Karin Broberg
BACKGROUND: Exposure to inorganic arsenic (iAs) through drinking water causes cancer. Alterations in mitochondrial DNA copy number (mtDNAcn) and telomere length in blood have been associated with cancer risk. We elucidated if arsenic exposure alters mtDNAcn and telomere length in individuals with different arsenic metabolizing capacity. METHODS: We studied two groups in the Salta province, Argentina, one in the Puna area of the Andes (N = 264, 89% females) and one in Chaco (N = 169, 75% females)...
2016: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
W-Y Fan, D-P Wang, Q Wen, T-J Fan
Oxybuprocaine (OBPC) is a widely used topical anesthetic in eye clinic, and prolonged and repeated usage of OBPC might be cytotoxic to the cornea, especially to the outmost corneal epithelium. In this study, we characterized the cytotoxic effect of OBPC on human corneal epithelial (HCEP) cells and investigated its possible cellular and molecular mechanisms using an in vitro model of non-transfected HCEP cells. Our results showed that OBPC at concentrations ranging from 0.025% to 0.4% had a dose- and time-dependent cytotoxicity to HCEP cells...
September 1, 2016: Human & Experimental Toxicology
Lemeng Zhang, Songyun Deng, Shuangping Zhao, Yuhang Ai, Lina Zhang, Pinhua Pan, Xiaoli Su, Hongyi Tan, Dongdong Wu
The pathogenesis of sepsis is complex. Mitochondrial dysfunction, which is responsible for energy metabolism, intrinsic apoptotic pathway, oxidative stress, and systemic inflammatory responses, is closely related with severe sepsis induced death. Mitochondria DNA (mtDNA) contain un-methylated cytosine phosphate guanine (CpG) motifs, which exhibit immune stimulatory capacities. The aim of this study was to investigate the role and mechanism of mtDNA release on lipopolysaccharide (LPS) induced acute lung injury (ALI) and systemic inflammation...
2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
O García-Álvarez, A J Soler, Z Maulen, A Maroto-Morales, M Iniesta-Cuerda, A Martín-Maestro, M R Fernández-Santos, J J Garde
The objective of sperm selection media is selecting the best spermatozoa and to remove seminal plasma and diluent for using them in assisted reproductive techniques. It is known that individuals show different cryoresistance in response to the same freezing procedure. Our hypothesis was that the efficacy of selection media could be dissimilar for samples with different sperm quality after thawing. Epididymal sperm samples from mature Iberian red deer were collected and frozen. Males were classified as with high post-thaw sperm quality when sperm motility (SM) ≥ 70%, or as with low post-thaw sperm quality when SM ≤ 69%...
August 26, 2016: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
Jun Guo, Shixing Gao, Zhiqing Liu, Ruqian Zhao, Xiaojing Yang
Recently, white adipose tissue has been shown to exhibit immunological activity, and may play an important role in host defense and protection against bacterial infection. Αlpha-lipoic acid (α-LA) has been demonstrated to function as an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant agent. However, its influence on the inflammatory response and metabolic changes in white adipose tissue remains unknown. We used male C57BL/6 mice as models to study the effect of α-LA on the inflammatory response and metabolic changes in white adipose tissue after stimulation with lipopolysaccharide (LPS)...
October 2016: Lipids
Chaoyi Qin, Jun Gu, Hong Qian, Ruiqi Liu, Fei Xu, Yajiao Li, Zhenghua Xiao, Qian He, Jia Hu, Wei Meng
BACKGROUND: Acute aortic dissection (AD) is a lethal cardiovascular disease with severe inflammatory complications. Considering the proinflammatory properties of plasma mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), we postulate that plasma mtDNA from activated platelets may be responsible for post-acute AD inflammatory responses. METHODS: We consecutively enrolled 68 patients with acute AD as well as matched hypertensive and healthy participants. Blood samples were collected on admission for blood routine tests, mtDNA assay, and inflammatory cytokine analysis...
August 17, 2016: Cardiology
B J M Mayorga-Torres, M Camargo, Á P Cadavid, S S du Plessis, W D Cardona Maya
Male infertility can be responsible for up to 20% of the cases attending fertility consultation facilities; nonetheless, the underlying molecular mechanisms that could explain it are still elusive. Therefore, we aimed to evaluate conventional and functional parameters of semen samples from patients who presented with male infertility of unknown origin. Conventional semen parameters and functional parameters (i.e. intracellular reactive oxygen species production, mitochondrial membrane potential, sperm chromatin structure assay, sperm membrane lipid peroxidation and antioxidant capacity of seminal plasma) were evaluated on semen samples from 54 healthy donors, 23 patients with idiopathic infertility and 34 fertile controls...
August 10, 2016: Andrologia
Chang-Yu Xia, Yu Liu, Hui Liu, Yan-Chun Zhang, Yi-Nan Ma, Yu Qi
BACKGROUND: Mitochondrial diseases are a group of energy metabolic disorders with multisystem involvements. Variable clinical features present a major challenge in pediatric diagnoses. We summarized the clinical spectrum of m.3243A>G mutation in Chinese pediatric patients, to define the common clinical manifestations and study the correlation between heteroplasmic degree of the mutation and clinical severity of the disease. METHODS: Clinical data of one-hundred pediatric patients with symptomatic mitochondrial disease harboring m...
August 20, 2016: Chinese Medical Journal
Yan Sun, Jiao Fan, Dong Chai, Minghua Zhang
The hypothesis that oxidative stress contributes to renal dysfunction in sinoaortically denervated (SAD) rats was investigated. Rats were sinoaortically denervated and received treatment with tempol (0.5 mmol/L in drinking water) for 8 weeks. Although the tempol treatment of the SAD rats had no significant effect on blood pressure or blood pressure viability, it significantly ameliorated the renal dysfunction as indicated by increases in renal blood flow (RBF) and the glomerular filtration rate (GFR) and reductions in plasma creatinine, blood urea nitrogen (BUN), the urine albumin excretion rate (UAE), and the glomerular sclerosis score (GSS)...
October 1, 2016: Chemical & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Jose Manuel Mayorga-Torres, Ashok Agarwal, Shubhadeep Roychoudhury, Angela Cadavid, Walter Dario Cardona-Maya
BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to assess the effect of four repeated ejaculations on the same day at two-hour intervals on conventional and functional semen parameters. METHODS: Three healthy men (32±3.6 years) donated the first semen samples after 3-4 days of sexual abstinence followed by three subsequent samples on the same day at two-hour interval each. Semen samples were processed and analyzed according to the World Health Organization (WHO) 2010 guidelines...
July 2016: Journal of Reproduction & Infertility
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