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Robert F Gahl, Pallavi Dwivedi, Nico Tjandra
The most critical step in the initiation of apoptosis is the activation of the Bcl-2 family of proteins to oligomerize and permeabilize the outer-mitochondrial membrane (OMM). As this step results in the irreversible release of factors that enhance cellular degradation, it is the point of no return in programmed cell death and would be an ideal therapeutic target. However, the arrangement of the Bcl-2 proteins in the OMM during permeabilization still remains unknown. It is also unclear whether the Bcl-2 protein, Bid, directly participates in the formation of the oligomers in live cells, even though it is cleaved and translocates to the OMM at the initiation of apoptosis...
October 20, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
Manoj Prasad, Anna N Walker, Jasmeet Kaur, James L Thomas, Shirley A Powell, Amit V Pandey, Randy M Whittal, William E Burak, Guy Petruzzelli, Himangshu S Bose
The acute response to stress consists of a series of physiological programs to promote survival by generating glucocorticoids and activating stress-response genes that increase the synthesis of many chaperone proteins specific to individual organelles. In the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), short-term stress triggers activation of the unfolded protein response (UPR) module that either leads to neutralization of the initial stress or adaption to it; chronic stress favors cell death. UPR induces expression of the transcription factor, C/EBP homology protein (CHOP), and its deletion protects against the lethal consequences of prolonged UPR...
October 3, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Kathleen Atkins, Asish Dasgupta, Kuang-Hueih Chen, Jeff Mewburn, Stephen L Archer
Mitochondrial morphology is governed by the balance of mitochondrial fusion, mediated by mitofusins and optic atrophy 1 (OPA1), and fission, mediated by dynamin-related protein 1 (Drp1). Disordered mitochondrial dynamics alters metabolism, proliferation, apoptosis and mitophagy, contributing to human diseases, including neurodegenerative syndromes, pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), cancer and ischemia/reperfusion injury. Post-translational regulation of Drp1 (by phosphorylation and SUMOylation) is an established means of modulating Drp1 activation and translocation to the outer mitochondrial membrane (OMM)...
November 1, 2016: Clinical Science (1979-)
Sergio De La Fuente, Celia Fernandez-Sanz, Caitlin Vail, Elorm J Agra, Kira Holmstrom, Junhui Sun, Jyotsna Mishra, Dewight Williams, Toren Finkel, Elizabeth Murphy, Suresh K Joseph, Shey-Shing Sheu, György Csordás
Control of myocardial energetics by Ca2+ signal propagation to the mitochondrial matrix includes local Ca2+ delivery from sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) ryanodine receptors (RyR2) to the inner mitochondrial membrane (IMM) Ca2+ uniporter (mtCU). mtCU activity in cardiac mitochondria is relatively low, while the IMM surface is large, due to extensive cristae folding. Hence, stochastically distributed mtCU may not suffice to support local Ca2+ transfer. We hypothesized that mtCU concentrated at mitochondria-SR associations would promote the effective Ca2+ transfer...
September 16, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Thekla Geragotou, Sjaam Jainandunsing, Behiye Özcan, Felix W M de Rooij, Alexander Kokkinos, Nicholas Tentolouris, Eric J G Sijbrands
Background. There are different metabolic syndrome traits among patients with different ethnicities. Methods. We investigated this by studying 44 South Asians and 54 Europeans and classified them in three groups according to the occurrence of metabolic syndrome (MetS) and Type 2 Diabetes (T2D). Insulin sensitivity index (ISI), static, dynamic, and total beta-cell responsivity indices (Φ), and disposition indices (DIs) were calculated with the use of oral minimal model (OMM). Results. In both ethnicities, ISI was lower in the subgroup with MetS and T2D as compared to the subgroup without MetS nor T2D (P < 0...
2016: Journal of Diabetes Research
Jinwoo Lee, Tiegang Tong, Haichuan Duan, Yee Hoon Foong, Ibrahim Musaitif, Takeshi Yamazaki, Colin Jefcoate
The cholesterol transfer function of steroidogenic acute regulatory protein (StAR) is uniquely integrated into adrenal cells, with mRNA translation and protein kinase A (PKA) phosphorylation occurring at the mitochondrial outer membrane (OMM). The StAR C-terminal cholesterol-binding domain (CBD) initiates mitochondrial intermembrane contacts to rapidly direct cholesterol to Cyp11a1 in the inner membrane (IMM). The conserved StAR N-terminal regulatory domain (NTD) includes a leader sequence targeting the CBD to OMM complexes that initiate cholesterol transfer...
2016: Frontiers in Endocrinology
Daniel S Moore, Steven C Hand
The capacity of Late Embryogenesis Abundant (LEA) proteins and trehalose to protect liposomes against freezing-induced damage was examined by measuring the leakage of 5(6)-carboxyfluorescein (CF). Liposomes were prepared to simulate the lipid compositions of the inner leaflet of the plasma membrane, outer mitochondrial membrane (OMM), and inner mitochondrial membrane (IMM). Two recombinant LEA proteins belonging to Group 3 (AfrLEA2 and AfrLEA3m) were expressed and purified from embryos of Artemia franciscana...
October 2016: Cryobiology
Chong Teik Tan, Qi-Ling Zhou, Yu-Chin Su, Nai Yang Fu, Hao-Chun Chang, Ran N Tao, Sunil K Sukumaran, Shairaz Baksh, Yee-Joo Tan, Kanaga Sabapathy, Chun-Dong Yu, Victor C Yu
Fas apoptotic signaling regulates diverse physiological processes. Acute activation of Fas signaling triggers massive apoptosis in liver. Upon Fas receptor stimulation, the BH3-only protein Bid is cleaved into the active form, tBid. Subsequent tBid recruitment to mitochondria, which is facilitated by its receptor MTCH2 at the outer mitochondrial membrane (OMM), is a critical step for commitment to apoptosis via the effector proteins Bax or Bak. MOAP-1 is a Bax-binding protein enriched at the OMM. Here, we show that MOAP-1-deficient mice are resistant to Fas-induced hepatocellular apoptosis and lethality...
June 28, 2016: Cell Reports
Zhaolong Xu, Dayong Zhang, Xiaolan He, Yihong Huang, Hongbo Shao
To uptake calcium ions of mitochondria is of significant functional connotation for cells, because calcium ions in mitochondria are involved in energy production, regulatory signals transfer, and mitochondrial permeability transition pore opening and even programmed cell death of apoptosis, further playing more roles in plant productivity and quality. Cytoplasmic calcium ions access into outer mitochondrial membrane (OMM) from voltage dependent anion-selective channel (VDAC) and were absorbed into inner mitochondrial membrane (IMM) by mitochondrial calcium uniporter (MCU), rapid mitochondrial calcium uptake (RaM) or mitochondrial ryanodine receptor (mRyR)...
June 2016: Current Genomics
Woo Jin Byun, Kwang Seon Kim, Bong Su Kim, Young Seung Lee, Myung Sun Song, Hyung Do Choi, Yong Heui Cho
A multiplexed Cassegrain reflector antenna with a 2 × 2 open-ended rectangular waveguide (OERW) matrix feed and an orbital angular momentum (OAM) mode mux is proposed for the simultaneous generation of three OAM modes (l = 0, ±1). The OAM mode mux (OMM) was designed using sequential combinations of quadrature hybrids, crossovers, and phase shifters to multiplex and demultiplex three OAM modes at the same time. The 2 × 2 OERW matrix feed and the OMM were separately measured and their performances were verified according to proposed theories...
2016: Scientific Reports
Nuno Santos Leal, Bernadette Schreiner, Catarina Moreira Pinho, Riccardo Filadi, Birgitta Wiehager, Helena Karlström, Paola Pizzo, Maria Ankarcrona
Mitochondria are physically and biochemically in contact with other organelles including the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). Such contacts are formed between mitochondria-associated ER membranes (MAM), specialized subregions of ER, and the outer mitochondrial membrane (OMM). We have previously shown increased expression of MAM-associated proteins and enhanced ER to mitochondria Ca(2+) transfer from ER to mitochondria in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and amyloid β-peptide (Aβ)-related neuronal models. Here, we report that siRNA knockdown of mitofusin-2 (Mfn2), a protein that is involved in the tethering of ER and mitochondria, leads to increased contact between the two organelles...
September 2016: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Carla Patrícia Martinelli-Kläy, Marcel Leandro Laporte, Celso Ricardo Martinelli, Celso Martinelli, Tommaso Lombardi
Oral malignant melanoma (OMM) is rare, representing less than 0.5% of all oral malignancies. The most affected sites are the palate and the maxillary gingiva. Histological examination is important to establish the diagnosis of any suspicious pigmented lesion in the oral cavity, mainly if a precise clinical diagnosis is not possible. We present one case of OMM that was initially diagnosed as a racial pigmentation elsewhere 2 years earlier. Clinical examination showed multiple macules and nodules located on the hard and soft palate, gingiva and superior alveolar mucosa...
January 2016: Dermatopathology (Basel, Switzerland)
Shamimul Hasan, Sami Faisal Jamdar, Jogender Jangra, Sadun Mohammad Al Ageel Al Beaiji
Melanomais one of the most dreaded and aggressive neoplasms, being derived from epidermal melanocytes. The majority of melanomas are seen to involve the skin, and primary mucosal melanomas account for less than 1% of all melanomas. Oral malignant melanomas (OMM) are asymptomatic at the initial presentation, but later they become painful with growth and expansion. In the late stages, the patient may present with ulceration, bleeding, tooth mobility, paresthesia, ill-fitting prosthesis, and delayed healing of the extraction sockets...
March 2016: Journal of International Society of Preventive & Community Dentistry
Danya Ben-Hail, Varda Shoshan-Barmatz
Mitochondria-mediated apoptosis involves pro-apoptotic protein release from the mitochondria to the cytosol, triggering apoptosis. However, the mechanisms by which apoptotic initiators cross the outer mitochondrial membrane (OMM) remain unclear. The voltage-dependent anion channel 1 (VDAC1), an OMM protein, is central to mitochondria-mediated apoptosis. In previous work, we demonstrated that apoptosis induction is associated with VDAC1 oligomerization, forming a mega-pore that mediates pro-apoptotic protein release...
July 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Katelyn L O'Neill, Kai Huang, Jingjing Zhang, Yi Chen, Xu Luo
The mechanism of Bax/Bak activation remains a central question in mitochondria-dependent apoptotic signaling. While it is established that all proapoptotic Bcl-2 homology 3 (BH3)-only proteins bind and neutralize the anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 family proteins, how this neutralization leads to Bax/Bak activation has been actively debated. Here, genome editing was used to generate cells deficient for all eight proapoptotic BH3-only proteins (OctaKO) and those that lack the entire Bcl-2 family (Bcl-2 allKO). Although the OctaKO cells were resistant to most apoptotic stimuli tested, they underwent Bax/Bak-dependent and p53/Rb-independent apoptosis efficiently when both Bcl-xL and Mcl-1, two anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 proteins, were inactivated or eliminated...
April 15, 2016: Genes & Development
Hanspal Singh, Priya Kumar, Jeyaseelan Augustine, Aadithya B Urs, Sunita Gupta
Oral malignant melanoma (OMM) is a rare tumor of melanocytic origin, accounting for 20-30% of malignant melanomas at the mucosal surface and 16% intra-orally. Hard palate and maxillary gingiva are the most common involved sites. In this case series, we present varying patterns of presentation of three cases of OMM with one case of distant metastasis. All cases in the current series presented at an advanced stage and died within a year of diagnosis. In conclusion, due to the aggressive clinical course and poor prognosis of this deadly lesion, it is of paramount importance to maintain a high index of suspicion for early detection and diagnosis for any pigmented lesion in the oral cavity...
January 2016: Contemporary Clinical Dentistry
Ioannis Chatzistefanou, Antonia Kolokythas, Konstantinos Vahtsevanos, Konstantinos Antoniades
BACKGROUND: Primary mucosal melanoma of the oral cavity is a highly aggressive malignancy of melanocytic origin. The aim of this study is to report a case series of oral mucosal melanomas (OMMs) and provide a review of the literature with regard to treatment guidelines for and prognosis of this pathologic entity. STUDY DESIGN: We report three cases of OMMs treated in our institutions and the results of a literature review, in which the words "oral" and "mucosal melanoma" were used as the main keywords...
July 2016: Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology
Sonia Missiroli, Claudia Morganti, Carlotta Giorgi, Paolo Pinton
Although PTEN has been widely described as a nuclear and cytosolic protein, in the last 2 years, alternative organelles, such as the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), pure mitochondria, and mitochondria-associated membranes (MAMs), have been recognized as pivotal targets of PTEN activity.Here, we describe different methods that have been used to highlight PTEN subcellular localization.First, a protocol to extract nuclear and cytosolic fractions has been described to assess the "canonical" PTEN localization. Moreover, we describe a protocol for mitochondria isolation with proteinase K (PK) to further discriminate whether PTEN associates with the outer mitochondrial membrane (OMM) or resides within the mitochondria...
2016: Methods in Molecular Biology
Wei Dai, Jingfeng Zhou, Bei Jin, Jingxuan Pan
Uveal melanoma (UM) is the most common intraocular malignancy in adults. Despite improvements in surgical, radiation and chemotherapy treatments, the overall survival of UM and prognosis remain poor. In the present study, we hypothesized that Sirtuin 1 and 2 (SIRT1/2), class III histone deacetylases (HDACs), were critical in controlling the destiny of bulk tumor cells and cancer stem cells (CSCs) of UM. We testified this hypothesis in four lines of UM cells (92.1, Mel 270, Omm 1 and Omm 2.3). Our results showed that inhibition of SIRT1/2 by Tenovin-6 induced apoptosis in UM cells by activating the expression of tumor suppressor genes such as p53 and elevating reactive oxygen species (ROS)...
2016: Scientific Reports
A Montenegro-Arana, L A Arana-Gordillo, D Farana, A Davila-Sanchez, E Jadad, U Coelho, Omm Gomes, A D Loguercio
OBJECTIVES: This double-blind randomized clinical trial evaluated tooth sensitivity (TS) and the effectiveness (EF) of two types of bleaching agents (Trèswhite Ortho [TWO] and Trèswhite Supreme [TWS]) when used in patients wearing orthodontic appliances. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Forty patients between the ages of 18 and 40 years were randomly stratified, with an equal allocation rate, into two groups (n=20), according to the bleaching agent applied. Tooth color of the six maxillary anterior teeth was measured before and after the treatment with a spectrophotometer...
July 2016: Operative Dentistry
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