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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920922/g%C3%AE-13-ablation-reprograms-myofibers-to-oxidative-phenotype-and-enhances-whole-body-metabolism
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Ja Hyun Koo, Tae Hyun Kim, Shi-Young Park, Min Sung Joo, Chang Yeob Han, Cheol Soo Choi, Sang Geon Kim
Skeletal muscle is a key organ in energy homeostasis owing to its high requirement for nutrients. Heterotrimeric G proteins converge signals from cell-surface receptors to potentiate or blunt responses against environmental changes. Here, we show that muscle-specific ablation of Gα13 in mice promotes reprogramming of myofibers to the oxidative type, with resultant increases in mitochondrial biogenesis and cellular respiration. Mechanistically, Gα13 and its downstream effector RhoA suppressed nuclear factor of activated T cells 1 (NFATc1), a chief regulator of myofiber conversion, by increasing Rho-associated kinase 2-mediated (Rock2-mediated) phosphorylation at Ser243...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910691/phylogeny-and-taxonomy-of-new-and-re-examined-strains-of-tubulinea-amoebozoa
#2
Tomáš Tyml, Iva Dyková
Morphological and molecular characterizations of three newly isolated tubulinean strains and re-examination of five strains formerly considered representatives of Saccamoeba and one strain formerly considered as Trichamoeba resulted in (a) the determination of strain BA02, isolated from a dripping rock ledge in Skansbukta (Billefjorden, Svalbard), as a new representative of Ptolemeba bulliensis Brown et al., 2014; (b) identification of strain ATCC(®) 50249™, deposited in the American Type Culture Collection as Trichamoeba, as the same species (P...
August 26, 2017: European Journal of Protistology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899515/the-water-extract-of-liuwei-dihuang-possesses-multi-protective-properties-on-neurons-and-muscle-tissue-against-deficiency-of-survival-motor-neuron-protein
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Yu-Ting Tseng, Yuh-Jyh Jong, Wei-Fang Liang, Fang-Rong Chang, Yi-Ching Lo
BACKGROUND: Deficiency of survival motor neuron (SMN) protein, which is encoded by the SMN1 and SMN2 genes, induces widespread splicing defects mainly in spinal motor neurons, and leads to spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Currently, there is no effective treatment for SMA. Liuwei dihuang (LWDH), a traditional Chinese herbal formula, possesses multiple therapeutic benefits against various diseases via modulation of the nervous, immune and endocrine systems. Previously, we demonstrated water extract of LWDH (LWDH-WE) protects dopaminergic neurons and improves motor activity in models of Parkinson's disease...
October 15, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28842646/a-missense-mt-nd5-mutation-in-differentiated-parkinson-disease-cytoplasmic-hybrid-induces-ros-dependent-dna-damage-response-amplified-by-drosha
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Daniela Pignataro, Sofia Francia, Francesca Zanetta, Giulia Brenna, Stefania Brandini, Anna Olivieri, Antonio Torroni, Giuseppe Biamonti, Alessandra Montecucco
Genome integrity is continuously threatened by endogenous sources of DNA damage including reactive oxygen species (ROS) produced by cell metabolism. Factors of the RNA interference (RNAi) machinery have been recently involved in the cellular response to DNA damage (DDR) in proliferating cells. To investigate the impact of component of RNAi machinery on DDR activation in terminally differentiated cells, we exploited cytoplasmic hybrid (cybrid) cell lines in which mitochondria of sporadic Parkinson's disease patients repopulate neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y-Rho(0) cells...
August 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768647/activation-of-transient-receptor-potential-melastatin-subtype-8-attenuates-cold-induced-hypertension-through-ameliorating-vascular-mitochondrial-dysfunction
#5
Shiqiang Xiong, Bin Wang, Shaoyang Lin, Hexuan Zhang, Yingsha Li, Xing Wei, Yuanting Cui, Xiao Wei, Zongshi Lu, Peng Gao, Li Li, Zhigang Zhao, Daoyan Liu, Zhiming Zhu
BACKGROUND: Environmental cold-induced hypertension is common, but how to treat cold-induced hypertension remains an obstacle. Transient receptor potential melastatin subtype 8 (TRPM8) is a mild cold-sensing nonselective cation channel that is activated by menthol. Little is known about the effect of TRPM8 activation by menthol on mitochondrial Ca(2+) homeostasis and the vascular function in cold-induced hypertension. METHODS AND RESULTS: Primary vascular smooth muscle cells from wild-type or Trpm8(-/-) mice were cultured...
August 2, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768149/the-biological-foundation-of-the-genetic-association-of-tomm40-with-late-onset-alzheimer-s-disease
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Kahli Zeitlow, Lefko Charlambous, Isaac Ng, Sonal Gagrani, Mirta Mihovilovic, Shuhong Luo, Daniel L Rock, Ann Saunders, Allen D Roses, W Kirby Gottschalk
A variable-length poly-T variant in intron 6 of the TOMM40 gene, rs10524523, is associated with risk and age-of-onset of sporadic (late-onset) Alzheimer's disease. In Caucasians, the three predominant alleles at this locus are Short (S), Long (L) or Very long (VL). On an APOE ε3/3 background, the S/VL and VL/VL genotypes are more protective than S/S. The '523 poly-T has regulatory properties, in that the VL poly-T results in higher expression than the S poly-T in luciferase expression systems. The aim of the current work was to identify effects on cellular bioenergetics of increased TOM40 protein expression...
July 30, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750371/mitochondrial-fission-inhibitors-suppress-endothelin-1-induced-artery-constriction
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Chang Chen, Jin-Lai Gao, Ming-Yu Liu, Shan-Liang Li, Xiu-Chen Xuan, Xin-Zi Zhang, Xi-Yue Zhang, Yuan-Yuan Wei, Chang-Lin Zhen, Jing Jin, Xin Shen, De-Li Dong
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Endothelin-1 is implicated in the pathogenesis of hypertension, but the underlying mechanisms remained elusive. Our previous study found that inhibition of mitochondrial fission of smooth muscle cells suppressed phenylephrine- and high K+-induced artery constriction. Here, we studied the effects of mitochondrial fission inhibitors on endothelin-1-induced vasoconstriction. METHODS: The tension of rat mesenteric arteries and thoracic aorta was measured by using a multi-wire myograph system...
July 27, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730106/mitochondrial-expression-and-activity-of-p-glycoprotein-under-oxidative-stress-in-outer-blood-retinal-barrier
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Yue-Hong Zhang, Juan Li, Wei-Zhong Yang, Zhuan-Hua Xian, Qi-Ting Feng, Xiang-Cai Ruan
AIM: To investigate the role of oxidative stress in regulating the functional expression of P-glycoprotein (P-gp) in mitochondria of D407 cells. METHODS: D407 cells were exposed to different ranges of concentrations of H2O2. The mitochondrial location of P-gp in the cells subjected to oxidative stress was detected by confocal analysis. Expression of P-gp in isolated mitochondria was assessed by Western blot. The pump activity of P-gp was evaluated by performing the efflux study on isolated mitochondria with Rhodamine 123 (Rho-123) alone and in the presence of P-gp inhibitor (Tariquidar) using flow cytometry analysis...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717049/regulation-of-small-mitochondrial-dna-replicative-advantage-by-ribonucleotide-reductase-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#9
Elliot Bradshaw, Minoru Yoshida, Feng Ling
Small mitochondrial genomes can behave as selfish elements by displacing wild-type genomes regardless of their detriment to the host organism. In the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, small hypersuppressive mtDNA transiently coexist with wild-type in a state of heteroplasmy, wherein the replicative advantage of the small mtDNA outcompetes wild-type and produces offspring without respiratory capacity in >95% of colonies. The cytosolic enzyme ribonucleotide reductase (RNR) catalyzes the rate-limiting step in dNTP synthesis and its inhibition has been correlated with increased petite colony formation, reflecting loss of respiratory function...
September 7, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712398/-fasudil-attenuates-mitochondrial-injury-and-apoptosis-in-rat-model-of-myocardial-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
#10
Hongwei Ye, Guanjun Zhang, Ruiping Cao, Pinfang Kang, Zhenghong Li, Qin Gao
Objective To observe the changes of mitochondria fusion protein 2 (Mfn2) and dynamin-related protein 1 (Drp1) in the cardioprotection of fasudil, and analyze the significance. Methods Hearts isolated from male Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to ischemia for 30 minutes (occlusion of left anterior descending artery), and continuously perfusion for 120 minutes to establish myocardial ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury model. The rats were divided into 3 groups: sham group, I/R group and fasudil group. The left ventricular hemodynamics were continuously recorded; lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) content was measured during reperfusion; myocardial ultrastructure was observed by electron microscopy; the protein expression of phosphorylated protein phosphatase 1 regulatory subunit 12A (p-PPP1R12A/p-MYPT1) was detected by immunohistochemistry; and the protein expressions of Mfn2, Drp1 and cleaved caspase-3 (c-caspase-3) were detected by Western blot analysis...
July 2017: Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Cellular and Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685064/identification-of-rhodamine-123-positive-stem-cell-subpopulations-in-canine-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells
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Harumichi Itoh, Shimpei Nishikawa, Tomoya Haraguchi, Yu Arikawa, Masato Hiyama, Toshie Iseri, Yoshiki Itoh, Munekazu Nakaichi, Yasuho Taura, Kenji Tani, Kazuhito Itamoto
The majority of cases of chemotherapy for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) are not effective in human or veterinary medicine due to resistance against anticancer agents. In human medicine, hepatocellular carcinoma stem cells (HCSCs) were recently identified as cytokeratin 19 (CK19)-, cluster of differentiation (CD)-44-, and CD133-positive. However, there are few previous reports regarding canine HCSC (cHCSC). Additionally, to the best of our knowledge, the chemoresistance against anticancer agents of these cHCSCs has not been investigated...
July 2017: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673614/ros-dependent-activation-of-rhoa-rho-kinase-in-pulmonary-artery-role-of-src-family-kinases-and-arhgef1
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Charles E MacKay, Yasin Shaifta, Vladimir V Snetkov, Asvi A Francois, Jeremy P T Ward, Greg A Knock
The role of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in smooth muscle contraction is poorly understood. We hypothesised that G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR) activation and hypoxia induce Rho-kinase activity and contraction in rat intra-pulmonary artery (IPA) via stimulation of ROS production and subsequent Src-family kinase (SrcFK) activation. The T-type prostanoid receptor agonist U46619 induced ROS production in pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells (PASMC). U46619 also induced c-Src cysteine oxidation, SrcFK auto-phosphorylation, MYPT-1 and MLC20 phosphorylation and contraction in IPA, and all these responses were inhibited by antioxidants (ebselen, Tempol)...
September 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615318/miro1-mediated-mitochondrial-positioning-shapes-intracellular-energy-gradients-required-for-cell-migration
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Max-Hinderk Schuler, Agnieszka Lewandowska, Giuseppe Di Caprio, Wesley Skillern, Srigokul Upadhyayula, Tom Kirchhausen, Janet M Shaw, Brian Cunniff
It has long been postulated, although never directly demonstrated, that mitochondria are strategically positioned in the cytoplasm to meet local requirements for energy production. Here we show that positioning of mitochondria in mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) determines the shape of intracellular energy gradients in living cells. Specifically, the ratio of ATP to ADP was highest at perinuclear areas of dense mitochondria and gradually decreased as more-peripheral sites were approached. Furthermore, the majority of mitochondria were positioned at the ventral surface of the cell, correlating with high ATP:ADP ratios close to the ventral membrane, which rapidly decreased toward the dorsal surface...
August 1, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610024/speciation-in-fractured-rock-landforms-towards-understanding-the-diversity-of-subterranean-cockroaches-dictyoptera-nocticolidae-i-nocticola-i-in-western-australia
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Andrew J Trotter, Jane M McRAE, Dean C Main, Terrie L Finston
Three new species of subterranean cockroach of the genus Nocticola from the Pilbara region of Western Australia are described on morphological characters of males. Nocticola quartermainei n. sp., Nocticola cockingi n. sp. and Nocticola currani n. sp. occur in fractured rock landforms and have varying degrees of troglomorphies. Sequence divergence of mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COXI) clearly demonstrated populations are reproductively isolated over very short distances for the highly troglomorphic Nocticola cockingi n...
April 4, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609895/a-new-species-of-rock-gecko-genus-cnemaspis-squamata-gekkonidae-from-western-sarawak-malaysia
#15
Takaki Kurita, Kanto Nishikawa, Masafumi Matsui, Tsutomu Hikida
A new species of Asian rock gecko, genus Cnemaspis, is described from Padawan, western Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. The new species forms a clade with C. paripari and C. nigridia of the C. nigridia group in a mitochondrial DNA phylogeny and is similar to them morphologically in some characters such as caudal scalation. It differs from the other Asian Cnemaspis species in its unique combination of snout-vent length (up to 62.7 mm), 4-9 precloacal pores in males, keeled subcaudals with an enlarged, smooth, median row, presence of ventrolateral caudal tubercles, and coloration (head and upper flanks dark-yellow; anterior portion of tail black; posterior portion of tail white with black, paravertebral blob)...
May 3, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594840/phylogeography-on-the-rocks-the-contribution-of-current-and-historical-factors-in-shaping-the-genetic-structure-of-chthamalus-montagui-crustacea-cirripedia
#16
Federica G Pannacciulli, Ferruccio Maltagliati, Christian de Guttry, Yair Achituv
The model marine broadcast-spawner barnacle Chthamalus montagui was investigated to understand its genetic structure and quantify levels of population divergence, and to make inference on historical demography in terms of time of divergence and changes in population size. We collected specimens from rocky shores of the north-east Atlantic Ocean (4 locations), Mediterranean Sea (8) and Black Sea (1). The 312 sequences 537 bp) of the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase I allowed to detect 130 haplotypes. High within-location genetic variability was recorded, with haplotype diversity ranging between h = 0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544375/proteomic-analysis-of-hair-shafts-from-monozygotic-twins-expression-profiles-and-genetically-variant-peptides
#17
Pei-Wen Wu, Katelyn E Mason, Blythe P Durbin-Johnson, Michelle Salemi, Brett S Phinney, David M Rocke, Glendon J Parker, Robert H Rice
Forensic association of hair shaft evidence with individuals is currently assessed by comparing mitochondrial DNA haplotypes of reference and casework samples, primarily for exclusionary purposes. Present work tests and validates more recent proteomic approaches to extract quantitative transcriptional and genetic information from hair samples of monozygotic twin pairs, which would be predicted to partition away from unrelated individuals if the datasets contain identifying information. Protein expression profiles and polymorphic, genetically variant hair peptides were generated from ten pairs of monozygotic twins...
July 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531100/functional-mitochondria-are-important-for-the-effect-of-resveratrol
#18
Anne L Widlund, Kaushal Baral, Louise T Dalgaard, Ole Vang
Resveratrol (Resv) is a polyphenol reported to modulate mitochondrial activity. The aim was to use HeLa and 143B cells to characterize the action of Resv on mitochondrial activity, cell size and proliferation using wild type (WT) and Rho 0 cells deficient in mitochondrial DNA. In both HeLa WT and Rho 0 cells, the oxygen consumption rate (OCR) was increased at 20 µM Resv after 24 h, whereas only a non-significant increase of OCR was observed in 143B WT cells. Resv decreased cell number concentration-dependently in both WT and Rho 0 cell types...
May 20, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521307/downregulation-of-x-linked-inhibitor-of-apoptosis-protein-by-7-benzylidenenaltrexone-maleate-sensitizes-pancreatic-cancer-cells-to-trail-induced-apoptosis
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So Young Kim, Sojung Park, SeonA Yoo, Jin Kyung Rho, Eun Sung Jun, Suhwan Chang, Kyung Kon Kim, Song Cheol Kim, Inki Kim
Tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) is a potential biological anticancer agent. However, a wide range of human primary cancers, including pancreatic cancer, display resistance to apoptosis induction by TRAIL. Therefore, this resistance needs to be overcome to allow TRAIL to be successfully used in cancer therapy. In this study, we performed a compound screen to isolate TRAIL sensitizers and found that one of the identified compounds, 7-benzylidenenaltrexone maleate (BNTX), sensitized pancreatic cancer cells to TRAIL-induced apoptotic cell death...
May 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515690/brain-renin-angiotensin-system-and-microglial-polarization-implications-for-aging-and-neurodegeneration
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Jose L Labandeira-Garcia, Ana I Rodríguez-Perez, Pablo Garrido-Gil, Jannette Rodriguez-Pallares, Jose L Lanciego, Maria J Guerra
Microglia can transform into proinflammatory/classically activated (M1) or anti-inflammatory/alternatively activated (M2) phenotypes following environmental signals related to physiological conditions or brain lesions. An adequate transition from the M1 (proinflammatory) to M2 (immunoregulatory) phenotype is necessary to counteract brain damage. Several factors involved in microglial polarization have already been identified. However, the effects of the brain renin-angiotensin system (RAS) on microglial polarization are less known...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
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