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Mitochondria DNA

Meiguang Xiong, Suyun Wang, Yan-Yi Wang, Yong Ran
The cGAS-MITA pathway of cytosolic DNA sensing plays essential roles in immune response against pathogens that contain DNA or with DNA production in their life cycles. The cGAS-MITA pathway also detects leaked or aberrant accumulated self DNA in the cytoplasm under certain pathological conditions, such as virus induced cell death, DNA damage, mitochondria damage, gene mutations, which results in autoimmune diseases. Therefore, the cGAS-MITA pathway must be tightly controlled to ensure proper immune response against pathogens and to avoid autoimmune diseases...
March 15, 2018: Virologica Sinica
Te-Sha Tsai, Sonika Tyagi, Justin C St John
STUDY QUESTION: What are the molecular differences between mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA)-deficient and mtDNA-normal oocytes and how does mitochondrial supplementation alter these? SUMMARY ANSWER: Changes to DNA methylation in a 5' cytosine-phosphate-guanine 3' (CpG) island in the mtDNA-specific replication factor (DNA polymerase gamma (POLG)) of mtDNA-deficient oocytes mediates an increase in mtDNA copy number by the 2-cell stage that positively modulates the expression of nuclear genes, which affect cellular and metabolic processes, following autologous mitochondrial supplementation...
March 13, 2018: Human Reproduction
Keigo Tsushida, Katsuyuki Tanabe, Kana Masuda, Satoshi Tanimura, Hiromasa Miyake, Yuka Arata, Hitoshi Sugiyama, Jun Wada
Acute kidney injury (AKI) has been associated with not only higher in-hospital mortality but also the subsequent development of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Recent evidence has suggested the involvement of mitochondrial dysfunction and impaired dynamics in the pathogenesis of AKI. Estrogen-related receptor α (ERRα) is an orphan nuclear receptor that acts as a transcription factor to regulate the transcription of genes required for mitochondrial biogenesis and oxidative phosphorylation. In the present study, we examined the effects of ERRα deficiency on the progression of AKI induced by cisplatin...
March 12, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Sangjun Park, Wooyoung Kang, Yeong-Dae Kwon, Jaehoon Shim, Siyong Kim, Bong-Kiun Kaang, Sungchul Hohng
Three-dimensional (3D) reconstruction of thick samples using superresolution fluorescence microscopy remains challenging due to high level of background noise and fast photobleaching of fluorescence probes. We develop superresolution fluorescence microscopy that can reconstruct 3D structures of thick samples with both high localization accuracy and no photobleaching problem. The background noise is reduced by optically sectioning the sample using line-scan confocal microscopy, and the photobleaching problem is overcome by using the DNA-PAINT (Point Accumulation for Imaging in Nanoscale Topography)...
March 15, 2018: Molecular Brain
Heather N Carter, Marion Pauly, Liam D Tryon, David A Hood
Mitochondrial impairments are often noted in aged skeletal muscle. The transcriptional coactivator PGC-1α is integral to maintaining mitochondria, and its expression declines in aged muscle. It remains unknown whether this is due to a transcriptional deficit during aging. Our study examined PGC-1α transcription in muscle from young and old F344BN rats. Using a rat PGC-1α promoter-reporter construct, we found that PGC-1α transcription was reduced by ~65% in aged TA muscle, accompanied by decreases in PGC-1α mRNA and transcript stability...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Applied Physiology
Jingjing Zhang, Zhijun Zhang, Benshui Shu, Gaofeng Cui, Guohua Zhong
Harmine, one of the natural β-carboline alkaloids extracted from Peganum harmala L., exhibits broad spectrum but limited insecticidal ability against many pests. So there is an urgent need to synthesize novel derivatives with high efficiency. In the present study, a new synthetic compound, [1-(2-naphthyl)-3-(2-thioxo-1,3,4-oxadiazol-5-yl) β-carboline] (ZC-14), showed a strong proliferation inhibition effect against the Spodoptera frugiperda Sf9 cell line in a dose-dependent manner. Simultaneously, apoptosis induced by 7...
March 11, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Lata Singh, Neeru Saini, Neelam Pushker, Sameer Bakhshi, Seema Sen, Tapas C Nag, Seema Kashyap
Alteration in mitochondrial DNA plays an important role in the development and progression of cancer. The Displacement Loop (D-loop) region of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is the regulatory region for its replication and transcription. Therefore, we aimed to characterize mutations in the D-loop region of mitochondrial DNA along with the morphological changes and analyzed their impact on survival in retinoblastoma patients. mtDNA D-loop region was amplified by Nested-Polymerase Chain Reaction (Nested-PCR) and mutations were analyzed in 60 tumor samples from retinoblastoma patients by DNA sequencing...
March 12, 2018: Pathology Oncology Research: POR
Martin Picard, Aric A Prather, Eli Puterman, Alexanne Cuillerier, Michael Coccia, Kirstin Aschbacher, Yan Burelle, Elissa S Epel
BACKGROUND: Chronic life stress, such as the stress of caregiving, can promote pathophysiology, but the underlying cellular mechanisms are not well understood. Chronic stress may induce recalibrations in mitochondria leading to changes either in mitochondrial content per cell, or in mitochondrial functional capacity (i.e., quality). METHODS: Here we present a functional index of mitochondrial health (MHI) for human leukocytes that can distinguish between these two possibilities...
February 3, 2018: Biological Psychiatry
Jeong-Min Hong, Sun-Mee Lee
AIMS: Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1), an endogenous cytoprotective enzyme, is reported that can be localized in mitochondria under stress, contributing to preserve mitochondrial function. Mitochondrial quality control (QC) is essential to cellular health and recovery linked with redox homeostasis. Recent studies reported that phosphoglycerate mutase family member (PGAM) 5, a mitochondria-resident phosphatase, plays critical role in mitochondrial homeostasis. Therefore, we aim to investigate cytoprotective mechanisms of HO-1 in I/R-induced hepatic injury focusing on mitochondrial QC associated with PGAM5 signaling...
March 7, 2018: Life Sciences
Hok Khim Fam, Kunho Choi, Lauren Fougner, Chinten James Lim, Cornelius F Boerkoel
Tyrosyl-DNA phosphodiesterase 1 (Tdp1) is a nuclear and mitochondrial protein that in nuclei and in vitro repairs blocked 3' DNA termini such as 3' phosphotyrosine conjugates resulting from stalling of topoisomerase I-DNA intermediates. Its mutation also causes spinocerebellar ataxia with axonal neuropathy type 1 (SCAN1). Because Tdp1 colocalizes with mitochondria following oxidative stress, we hypothesized that Tdp1 repairs mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and that mtDNA damage mediates entry of Tdp1 into the mitochondria...
March 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
Miria Ricchetti
Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), which is essential for mitochondrial and cell function, is replicated and transcribed in the organelle by proteins that are entirely coded in the nucleus. Replication of mtDNA is challenged not only by threats related to the replication machinery and orchestration of DNA synthesis, but also by factors linked to the peculiarity of this genome. Indeed the architecture, organization, copy number, and location of mtDNA, which are markedly distinct from the nuclear genome, require ad hoc and complex regulation to ensure coordinated replication...
February 1, 2018: Mutation Research
Nidhi Sharma, Srinivas Chakravarthy, Matthew J Longley, William C Copeland, Aishwarya Prakash
The 16.5 kb mitochondrial genome is subjected to damage from reactive oxygen species (ROS) generated in the cell during normal cellular metabolism and external sources such as ionizing radiation and ultraviolet light. ROS cause harmful damage to DNA bases that could result in mutagenesis and various diseases, if not properly repaired. The base excision repair (BER) pathway is the primary pathway involved in maintaining the integrity of mtDNA. Several enzymes that partake in BER within the nucleus have also been identified in the mitochondria...
March 6, 2018: DNA Repair
I De, N Dogra, S Singh
Mitochondria are the sole semiautonomous organelle of human cell and plays very important role in not only energy production but also in apoptosis, metabolism and cell signaling. It is also known to be major producer of ROS and RNS free radicals during ATP production. These free radicals in excessive amounts may damage the mitochondrial DNA as well as proteome resulting in accumulation of misfolded proteins which may prove deleterious to its functioning and is known to be involved in disease pathology. To maintain healthy proteome, mitochondria has developed as quality control machinery in semiautonomous manner, where cellular proteins such as proteases and heat shock proteins are used for quality control...
March 7, 2018: Current Molecular Medicine
Andrea Erxleben
Since the serendipitous discovery of the antitumor activity of cisplatin, there has been a continuous surge in studies aimed at the development of new cytotoxic metal complexes. While the majority of these complexes have been designed to interact with nuclear DNA, other targets for anticancer metallodrugs attract increasing interest. In cancer cells the mitochondrial metabolism is deregulated. Impaired apoptosis, insensitivity to anti-growth signals and unlimited proliferation have been linked to mitochondrial dysfunction...
March 6, 2018: Current Medicinal Chemistry
Tânia Catarina Medeiros, Ryan Lee Thomas, Ruben Ghillebert, Martin Graef
Mitochondria contain tens to thousands of copies of their own genome (mitochondrial DNA [mtDNA]), creating genetic redundancy capable of buffering mutations in mitochondrial genes essential for cellular function. However, the mechanisms regulating mtDNA copy number have been elusive. Here we found that DNA synthesis and degradation by mtDNA polymerase γ (POLG) dynamically controlled mtDNA copy number in starving yeast cells dependent on metabolic homeostasis provided by autophagy. Specifically, the continuous mtDNA synthesis by POLG in starving wild-type cells was inhibited by nucleotide insufficiency and elevated mitochondria-derived reactive oxygen species in the presence of autophagy dysfunction...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Cell Biology
Luisa Iommarini, Anna Ghelli, Concetta Valentina Tropeano, Ivana Kurelac, Giulia Leone, Sara Vidoni, Anne Lombes, Massimo Zeviani, Giuseppe Gasparre, Anna Maria Porcelli
Mammalian respiratory complex I (CI) biogenesis requires both nuclear and mitochondria-encoded proteins and is mostly organized in respiratory supercomplexes. Among the CI proteins encoded by the mitochondrial DNA, NADH-ubiquinone oxidoreductase chain 1 (ND1) is a core subunit, evolutionary conserved from bacteria to mammals. Recently, ND1 has been recognized as a pivotal subunit in maintaining the structural and functional interaction among the hydrophilic and hydrophobic CI arms. A critical role of human ND1 both in CI biogenesis and in the dynamic organization of supercomplexes has been depicted, although the proof of concept is still missing and the critical amount of ND1 protein necessary for a proper assembly of both CI and supercomplexes is not defined...
March 7, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Miriam Buttacavoli, Nadia Ninfa Albanese, Gianluca Di Cara, Rosa Alduina, Claudia Faleri, Michele Gallo, Giuseppe Pizzolanti, Giuseppe Gallo, Salvatore Feo, Franco Baldi, Patrizia Cancemi
Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs), embedded into a specific polysaccharide (EPS), were biogenerated by Klebsiella oxytoca DSM 29614 under aerobic (AgNPs-EPSaer ) and anaerobic conditions (AgNPs-EPSanaer ). Both AgNPs-EPS matrices were tested by MTT assay for cytotoxic activity against human breast (SKBR3 and 8701-BC) and colon (HT-29, HCT 116 and Caco-2) cancer cell lines, revealing AgNPs-EPSaer as the most active, in terms of IC50, with a more pronounced efficacy against breast cancer cell lines. Therefore, colony forming capability, morphological changes, generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), induction of apoptosis and autophagy, inhibition of migratory and invasive capabilities and proteomic changes were investigated using SKBR3 breast cancer cells with the aim to elucidate AgNPs-EPSaer mode of action...
February 9, 2018: Oncotarget
Duojiao Wu, Xiangdong Wang, Hongzhi Sun
Mitochondrial malfunction is related to aging and to the onset of many diseases, such as obesity/diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases. The molecular principles of biological and toxicological processes the mitochondria can regulate should be disease-specific, cell type-specific, and drug targetable. Mitochondrial biology and toxicology is evolving and undergoing a revolution through fast-developing biotechnologies garnering increasing attention due to the importance of targeted therapies...
March 6, 2018: Cell Biology and Toxicology
Mauricio Cardenas-Rodriguez, Afroditi Chatzi, Kostas Tokatlidis
Iron-sulfur clusters are ubiquitous inorganic co-factors that contribute to a wide range of cell pathways including the maintenance of DNA integrity, regulation of gene expression and protein translation, energy production, and antiviral response. Specifically, the iron-sulfur cluster biogenesis pathways include several proteins dedicated to the maturation of apoproteins in different cell compartments. Given the complexity of the biogenesis process itself, the iron-sulfur research area constitutes a very challenging and interesting field with still many unaddressed questions...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry: JBIC
Qi Liu, Liliana Gheorghiu, Michael Drumm, Rebecca Clayman, Alec Eidelman, Matthew F Wszolek, Aria Olumi, Adam Feldman, Meng Wang, Lynnette Marcar, Deborah E Citrin, Chin-Lee Wu, Cyril H Benes, Jason A Efstathiou, Henning Willers
Biomarkers and mechanisms of poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitor-mediated cytotoxicity in tumor cells lacking a BRCA-mutant or BRCA-like phenotype are poorly defined. We sought to explore the utility of PARP-1 inhibitor (PARPi) treatment with/without ionizing radiation in muscle-invasive bladder cancer (MIBC), which has poor therapeutic outcomes. We assessed the DNA damaging and cytotoxic effects of the PARPi olaparib in nine bladder cancer cell lines. Olaparib radiosensitized all cell lines with dose enhancement factors from 1...
March 7, 2018: Oncogene
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