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parkinson's disease and mitochondria

Huiling Wang, Menglan Zhao, Jialong Chen, Yixian Ren, Guanghai Wang, Wenjun Li, Fei Zou
Parkinson's disease (PD) is one of the most debilitating neurodegenerative disorders. The etiology of sporadic PD remains unknown. One prominent hypothesis is that impaired mitochondrial function may underlie slow and progressive neurodegeneration. Mitochondrial calcium uniporter (MCU) is a crucial component that regulates the intramitochondrial Ca level. Ca uptake to the mitochondria by MCU, resulting in activation of mitochondrial dehydrogenases and stimulation of ATP synthesis, but excessive Ca uptake to the mitochondria resulting in cell apoptosis...
March 13, 2018: Neuroreport
Alice Biosa, Alvaro Sanchez-Martinez, Roberta Filograna, Ana Terriente-Felix, Sarah M Alam, Mariano Beltramini, Luigi Bubacco, Marco Bisaglia, Alexander J Whitworth
Reactive oxygen species exert important functions in regulating several cellular signalling pathways. However, an excessive accumulation of reactive oxygen species can perturb the redox homeostasis leading to oxidative stress, a condition which has been associated to many neurodegenerative disorders. Accordingly, alterations in the redox state of cells and mitochondrial homeostasis are established hallmarks in both familial and sporadic Parkinson's disease cases. PINK1 and parkin are two genes which account for a large fraction of autosomal recessive early-onset forms of Parkinson's disease and are now firmly associated to both mitochondria and redox homeostasis...
February 24, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
Cybelle Façanha Barreto Medeiros-Linard, Belmira Lara da Silveira Andrade-da-Costa, Ricielle Lopes Augusto, Adriana Sereniki, Maria Teresa Sales Trevisan, Renata de Cássia Ribas Perreira, Francisco Thiago Correia de Souza, Glauber Ruda Feitoza Braz, Claudia Jacques Lagranha, Ivone Antônia de Souza, Almir Gonçalves Wanderley, Soraya S Smailli, Simone Sette Lopes Lafayette
Anacardic acids (AAs) are alkyl phenols mainly presenting in cashew nuts. The antioxidant effects of these compounds have been an area of interest in recent research, with findings suggesting potential therapeutic use for certain diseases. Nevertheless, none of these studies were performed in order to test the hypothesis of whether anacardic acids are capable of preventing behavioral changes and oxidative stress induced by the pesticide rotenone in experimental model of Parkinson's disease. In our research, adult male rats were treated orally with AAs (1, 3, 10, 25, 50, or 100 mg/kg/day) 1 h before rotenone (3 mg/kg; s...
March 8, 2018: Neurotoxicity Research
Benjamin Delprat, Tangui Maurice, Cécile Delettre
Wolfram syndrome (WS) is a rare neurodegenerative disease, the main pathological hallmarks of which associate with diabetes, optic atrophy, and deafness. Other symptoms may be identified in some but not all patients. Prognosis is poor, with death occurring around 35 years of age. To date, no treatment is available. WS was first described as a mitochondriopathy. However, the localization of the protein on the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane challenged this hypothesis. ER contacts mitochondria to ensure effective Ca2+ transfer, lipids transfer, and apoptosis within stabilized and functionalized microdomains, termed "mitochondria-associated ER membranes" (MAMs)...
March 6, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Juliana Cackovic, Susana Gutierrez-Luke, Gerald B Call, Amber Juba, Stephanie O'Brien, Charles H Jun, Lori M Buhlman
Selective degeneration of substantia nigra dopaminergic (DA) neurons is a hallmark pathology of familial Parkinson's disease (PD). While the mechanism of degeneration is elusive, abnormalities in mitochondrial function and turnover are strongly implicated. An Autosomal Recessive-Juvenile Parkinsonism (AR-JP) Drosophila melanogaster model exhibits DA neurodegeneration as well as aberrant mitochondrial dynamics and function. Disruptions in mitophagy have been observed in parkin loss-of-function models, and changes in mitochondrial respiration have been reported in patient fibroblasts...
2018: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
Patricia Gómez-Suaga, José M Bravo-San Pedro, Rosa A González-Polo, José M Fuentes, Mireia Niso-Santano
Mitochondria form close physical contacts with a specialized domain of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), known as the mitochondria-associated membrane (MAM). This association constitutes a key signaling hub to regulate several fundamental cellular processes. Alterations in ER-mitochondria signaling have pleiotropic effects on a variety of intracellular events resulting in mitochondrial damage, Ca2+ dyshomeostasis, ER stress and defects in lipid metabolism and autophagy. Intriguingly, many of these cellular processes are perturbed in neurodegenerative diseases...
March 1, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Justyna Janikiewicz, Jędrzej Szymański, Dominika Malinska, Paulina Patalas-Krawczyk, Bernadeta Michalska, Jerzy Duszyński, Carlotta Giorgi, Massimo Bonora, Agnieszka Dobrzyn, Mariusz R Wieckowski
Sites of close contact between mitochondria and the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) are known as mitochondria-associated membranes (MAM) or mitochondria-ER contacts (MERCs), and play an important role in both cell physiology and pathology. A growing body of evidence indicates that changes observed in the molecular composition of MAM and in the number of MERCs predisposes MAM to be considered a dynamic structure. Its involvement in processes such as lipid biosynthesis and trafficking, calcium homeostasis, reactive oxygen species production, and autophagy has been experimentally confirmed...
February 28, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Diego Grassi, Shannon Howard, Minghai Zhou, Natalia Diaz-Perez, Nicolai T Urban, Debbie Guerrero-Given, Naomi Kamasawa, Laura A Volpicelli-Daley, Philip LoGrasso, Corinne Ida Lasmézas
Exposure of cultured primary neurons to preformed α-synuclein fibrils (PFFs) leads to the recruitment of endogenous α-synuclein and its templated conversion into fibrillar phosphorylated α-synuclein (pα-synF) aggregates resembling those involved in Parkinson's disease (PD) pathogenesis. Pα-synF was described previously as inclusions morphologically similar to Lewy bodies and Lewy neurites in PD patients. We discovered the existence of a conformationally distinct, nonfibrillar, phosphorylated α-syn species that we named "pα-syn*...
February 27, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Tammy Ryan, Vladimir V Bamm, Morgan G Stykel, Carla L Coackley, Kayla M Humphries, Rhiannon Jamieson-Williams, Rajesh Ambasudhan, Dick D Mosser, Stuart A Lipton, George Harauz, Scott D Ryan
Neuronal loss in Parkinson's disease (PD) is associated with aberrant mitochondrial function and impaired proteostasis. Identifying the mechanisms that link these pathologies is critical to furthering our understanding of PD pathogenesis. Using human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) that allow comparison of cells expressing mutant SNCA (encoding α-synuclein (α-syn)) with isogenic controls, or SNCA-transgenic mice, we show that SNCA-mutant neurons display fragmented mitochondria and accumulate α-syn deposits that cluster to mitochondrial membranes in response to exposure of cardiolipin on the mitochondrial surface...
February 26, 2018: Nature Communications
Joanna Motyl, Łukasz Przykaza, Paweł M Boguszewski, Piotr Kosson, Joanna B Strosznajder
Parkinson's disease (PD) is one of the most severe neurodegenerative diseases with unknown pathogenesis and currently unsuccessful therapies. Recently, neuroprotection via sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P)-dependent signalling has become a promising target for the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders. Our previous study demonstrated down-regulation and inhibition of the S1P-synthesizingenzyme sphingosine kinase 1 (SPHK1) in a PD cellular model. Moreover, we have previously identified a neuroprotective effect of Fingolimod (FTY720), a first S1P receptor modulator utilized in the clinic...
February 23, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Angelo Iannielli, Simone Bido, Lucrezia Folladori, Alice Segnali, Cinzia Cancellieri, Alessandra Maresca, Luca Massimino, Alicia Rubio, Giuseppe Morabito, Leonardo Caporali, Francesca Tagliavini, Olimpia Musumeci, Giuliana Gregato, Erwan Bezard, Valerio Carelli, Valeria Tiranti, Vania Broccoli
Dysfunctions in mitochondrial dynamics and metabolism are common pathological processes associated with Parkinson's disease (PD). It was recently shown that an inherited form of PD and dementia is caused by mutations in the OPA1 gene, which encodes for a key player in mitochondrial fusion and structure. iPSC-derived neural cells from these patients exhibited severe mitochondrial fragmentation, respiration impairment, ATP deficits, and heightened oxidative stress. Reconstitution of normal levels of OPA1 in PD-derived neural cells normalized mitochondria morphology and function...
February 20, 2018: Cell Reports
Pei-I Tsai, Chin-Hsien Lin, Chung-Han Hsieh, Amanda M Papakyrikos, Min Joo Kim, Valerio Napolioni, Carmen Schoor, Julien Couthouis, Ruey-Meei Wu, Zbigniew K Wszolek, Dominic Winter, Michael D Greicius, Owen A Ross, Xinnan Wang
Mitochondrial crista structure partitions vital cellular reactions and is precisely regulated by diverse cellular signals. Here, we show that, in Drosophila, mitochondrial cristae undergo dynamic remodeling among distinct subcellular regions and the Parkinson's disease (PD)-linked Ser/Thr kinase PINK1 participates in their regulation. Mitochondria increase crista junctions and numbers in selective subcellular areas, and this remodeling requires PINK1 to phosphorylate the inner mitochondrial membrane protein MIC60/mitofilin, which stabilizes MIC60 oligomerization...
February 14, 2018: Molecular Cell
Marcos Roberto Chiaratti, Bruna Martins Garcia, Karen Freire Carvalho, Thiago Simões Machado, Fernanda Karina Silva da Ribeiro, Carolina Habermann Macabelli
Mitochondria play a fundamental role during development of the female germline. They are fragmented, round and small. Despite these characteristics suggesting that they are inactive, there is accumulating evidence that mitochondrial dysfunctions are a major cause of infertility and generation of aneuploidies in humans. In addition, mitochondria and their own genomes (mitochondrial DNA - mtDNA) may become damaged with time, which might be one reason why aging leads to infertility. As a result, mitochondria have been proposed as an important target for evaluating oocyte and embryo quality, and developing treatments for female infertility...
February 8, 2018: Cell Biology International
André F Camargo, Marina M Chioda, Ana P C Rodrigues, Geovana S Garcia, Emily A McKinney, Howard T Jacobs, Marcos T Oliveira
The mitochondrial respiratory chain in vertebrates and arthropods is different from that of most other eukaryotes because they lack alternative enzymes that provide electron transfer pathways additional to the oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) system. However, the use of diverse experimental models, such as human cells in culture, Drosophila melanogaster and the mouse, has demonstrated that the transgenic expression of these alternative enzymes can impact positively many phenotypes associated with human mitochondrial and other cellular dysfunction, including those typically presented in complex IV deficiencies, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer's...
January 31, 2018: Cell Biology International
Naoki Inoue, Sae Ogura, Atsushi Kasai, Takanobu Nakazawa, Kazuya Ikeda, Shintaro Higashi, Ayako Isotani, Kousuke Baba, Hideki Mochizuki, Harutoshi Fujimura, Yukio Ago, Atsuko Hayata-Takano, Kaoru Seiriki, Yusuke Shintani, Norihito Shintani, Hitoshi Hashimoto
Mitochondrial dysfunction in the nigrostriatal dopaminergic system is a critical hallmark of Parkinson's disease (PD). Mitochondrial toxins produce cellular and behavioural dysfunctions resembling those in patients with PD Causative gene products for familial PD play important roles in mitochondrial function. Therefore, targeting proteins that regulate mitochondrial integrity could provide convincing strategies for PD therapeutics. We have recently identified a novel 13-kDa protein (p13) that may be involved in mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation...
January 25, 2018: EMBO Reports
J Magalhaes, M E Gegg, A Migdalska-Richards, A H Schapira
Glucocerebrosidase (GBA1) mutations are the major genetic risk factor for Parkinson's Disease (PD). The pathogenic mechanism is still unclear, but alterations in lysosomal-autophagy processes are implicated due to reduction of mutated glucocerebrosidase (GCase) in lysosomes. Wild-type GCase activity is also decreased in sporadic PD brains. Small molecule chaperones that increase lysosomal GCase activity have potential to be disease-modifying therapies for GBA1-associated and sporadic PD. Therefore we have used mouse cortical neurons to explore the effects of the chaperone ambroxol...
January 23, 2018: Scientific Reports
Koji Yamano, Chunxin Wang, Shireen A Sarraf, Christian Münch, Reika Kikuchi, Nobuo N Noda, Yohei Hizukuri, Masato T Kanemaki, Wade Harper, Keiji Tanaka, Noriyuki Matsuda, Richard J Youle
Damaged mitochondria are selectively eliminated by mitophagy. Parkin and PINK1, gene products mutated in familial Parkinson's disease, play essential roles in mitophagy through ubiquitination of mitochondria. Cargo ubiquitination by E3 ubiquitin ligase Parkin is important to trigger selective autophagy. Although autophagy receptors recruit LC3-labeled autophagic membranes onto damaged mitochondria, how other essential autophagy units such as ATG9A-integrated vesicles are recruited remains unclear. Here, using mammalian cultured cells, we demonstrate that RABGEF1, the upstream factor of the endosomal Rab GTPase cascade, is recruited to damaged mitochondria via ubiquitin binding downstream of Parkin...
January 23, 2018: ELife
J Wade Harper, Alban Ordureau, Jin-Mi Heo
Mitochondria produce energy in the form of ATP via oxidative phosphorylation. As defects in oxidative phosphorylation can generate harmful reactive oxygen species, it is important that damaged mitochondria are efficiently removed via a selective form of autophagy known as mitophagy. Owing to a combination of cell biological, structural and proteomic approaches, we are beginning to understand the mechanisms by which ubiquitin-dependent signals mark damaged mitochondria for mitophagy. This Review discusses the biochemical steps and regulatory mechanisms that promote the conjugation of ubiquitin to damaged mitochondria via the PTEN-induced putative kinase 1 (PINK1) and the E3 ubiquitin-protein ligase parkin and how ubiquitin chains promote autophagosomal capture...
January 23, 2018: Nature Reviews. Molecular Cell Biology
Jianhua Zhang, M Lillian Culp, Jason G Craver, Victor Darley-Usmar
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a movement disorder with widespread neurodegeneration in the brain. Significant oxidative, reductive, metabolic, and proteotoxic alterations have been observed in PD postmortem brains. The alterations of mitochondrial function resulting in decreased bioenergetic health is important and needs to be further examined to help develop biomarkers for PD severity and prognosis. It is now becoming clear that multiple hits on metabolic and signaling pathways are likely to exacerbate PD pathogenesis...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Neurochemistry
Marcos Roberto de Oliveira
Carnosic acid (CA; C20H28O4), a phenolic diterpene characterized as an ortho-dihydroquinone-type molecule, is a pro-electrophile agent that becomes an electrophile after reacting with free radicals. The electrophile generated from CA interacts with and activates the nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) transcription factor, which is a major modulator of redox biology in mammalian cells. CA induces antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects in several cell types, as observed in both in vitro and in vivo experimental models...
January 15, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
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