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Chinese Journal of Biotechnology ; (12): 2732-2740, 2020.
Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-878525

ABSTRACT

Dihydroorotate dehydrogenase is a flavin-dependent mitochondrial enzyme to catalyze the fourth step of the de novo synthesis of pyrimidine and to oxidize dihydroorotate to orotate. By selectively inhibiting dihydroorotate dehydrogenase, thereby inhibiting pyrimidine synthesis, the enzyme has been developed for the treatment of cancer, autoimmune diseases, bacterial or viral infections, parasitic diseases and so on. The development of inhibitory drugs requires a detailed understanding of the structural characteristics and catalytic cycle mechanism of dihydroorotate dehydrogenase. Therefore, this paper reviews these two aspects, and indicates perspectives of these inhibitors in clinical application.


Subject(s)
Catalysis , Mitochondria/metabolism , Oxidation-Reduction , Oxidoreductases Acting on CH-CH Group Donors/metabolism
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Electron. j. biotechnol ; 40: 30-39, July. 2019. ilus, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1053221

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Background: Myostatin (MSTN) negatively regulates muscle mass and is a potent regulator of energy metabolism. However, MSTN knockout have affect mitochondrial function. This research assessed the mitochondrial energy metabolism of Mstn−/+ KO cells, and wondered whether the mitochondria biogenesis are affected. Results: In this study, we successfully achieved Mstn knockout in skeletal muscle C2C12 cells using a CRISPR/Cas9 system and measured proliferation and differentiation using the Cell-Counting Kit-8 assay and qPCR, respectively. We found that MSTN dysfunction could promote proliferation and differentiation compared with the behaviour of wild-type cells. Moreover, Mstn KO induced an increase in KIF5B expression. The mitochondrial content was significantly increased in Mstn KO C2C12 cells, apparently associated with the increases in PGC-1α, Cox1, Cox2, ND1 and ND2 expression. However, no differences were observed in glucose consumption and lactate production. Interestingly, Mstn KO C2C12 cells showed an increase in IL6 and a decrease in TNF-1α levels. Conclusion: These findings indicate that MSTN regulates mitochondrial biogenesis and metabolism. This gene-editing cells provided favourable evidence for animal breeding and metabolic diseases.


Subject(s)
Myostatin/genetics , Mitochondria/genetics , Mitochondria/metabolism , Organelle Biogenesis , Immunoblotting , Cell Differentiation , Muscle, Skeletal/cytology , Muscle, Skeletal/metabolism , Myoblasts/cytology , Myoblasts/metabolism , MicroRNAs , Cell Proliferation , CRISPR-Cas Systems , Flow Cytometry , Gene Editing
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Rev. méd. Chile ; 146(6): 762-769, jun. 2018. graf
Article in Spanish | LILACS | ID: biblio-961457

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One of the main features of cancer is the high rate of cell proliferation and growth. To do this, cancer cells need to redirect their metabolism mainly towards anaerobic glycolysis and an increased mitochondrial glutamine energy metabolism. Sirtuins are cellular proteins with regulatory functions on metabolic pathways, genomic stability, apoptosis, longevity, inflammation, energy metabolism and oxidative stress. Sirtuins have emerged recently as a potential therapeutic option to treat several chronic diseases including cancer. This review summarizes the tumor suppressor function of Sirtuin 3 (SIRT3), highlighting its repressor effect on glycolytic metabolism, promoting mitochondrial metabolism and oxidative stress reduction. SIRT3 activation by exercise is particularly described since it may represent a potent tool for several types of cancer treatment.


Subject(s)
Humans , Exercise/physiology , Sirtuin 3/physiology , Neoplasms/metabolism , Neoplasms/therapy , Reactive Oxygen Species/metabolism , Oxidative Stress/physiology , Tumor Suppressor Proteins/physiology , Exercise Therapy/methods , Mitochondria/metabolism
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Braz. j. biol ; 77(1): 43-51, Jan-Mar. 2017. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-839155

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Abstract Soil flooding is an environmental stressor for crops that can affect physiological performance and reduce crop yields. Abiotic stressors cause changes in protein synthesis, modifying the levels of a series of proteins, especially the heat shock proteins (HSP), and these proteins can help protect the plants against abiotic stress. The objective of this study was to verify if tomato plants cv. Micro-Tom from different genotypes with varying expression levels of MT-sHSP23.6 (mitochondrial small heat shock proteins) have different responses physiological to flooding. Plants from three genotypes (untransformed, MT-sHSP23.6 sense expression levels and MT-sHSP23.6 antisense expression levels) were cultivated under controlled conditions. After 50 days, the plants were flooded for 14 days. After this period half of the plants from each genotype were allowed to recover. Chlorophyll fluorescence, gas exchange, chlorophyll index, leaf area and dry matter were evaluated. Flood stress affected the photosynthetic electron transport chain, which is related to inactivation of the oxygen-evolving complex, loss of connectivity among units in photosystem II, oxidation-reduction of the plastoquinone pool and activity of photosystem I. The genotype with MT-sHSP23.6 sense expression levels was less sensitive to stress from flooding.


Resumo O alagamento do solo é um estressor ambiental para as culturas e pode afetar o desempenho fisiológico e reduzir a produtividade das culturas. Estresses abióticos causam mudanças na síntese de proteínas, modificando os níveis de uma série de proteínas, em especial as proteínas de choque térmico (HSP) e essas proteínas são conhecidas por proteger as plantas contra estresses abióticos. O objetivo deste estudo foi verificar se as plantas do tomateiro cv. Micro-Tom de distintos genótipos com diferentes níveis de expressão da MT-sHSP23.6 (proteínas mitocondriais de choque térmico com pequena massa molecular), têm diferentes respostas fisiológicas ao alagamento. As plantas de três genótipos (não-transformado, transformado com orientação antisense e transformado com orientação sense para MT-sHSP23.6) foram cultivadas sob condições controladas. Após 50 dias as plantas foram alagadas durante 14 dias. Após esse período as plantas de cada genótipo foram recuperadas. Foram avaliados fluorescência da clorofila, trocas gasosas, índice de clorofila, área foliar e massa seca. O estresse por alagamento afetou a cadeia de transporte de elétrons da fotossíntese, que está relacionado à inativação do complexo de evolução do oxigênio, perda da conectividade entre as unidades do fotossistema II, de oxidação e redução do pool de plastoquinona e atividade do fotossistema I. O genótipo com orientação sense MT-sHSP23.6 foi menos sensível ao estresse por alagamento.


Subject(s)
Stress, Physiological , Lycopersicon esculentum/physiology , Heat-Shock Proteins, Small/metabolism , Floods , Mitochondria/metabolism , Photosynthesis/physiology , Chlorophyll/metabolism , Plant Leaves/metabolism , Photosystem I Protein Complex/metabolism , Genotype
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Clinics ; 70(8): 569-576, 08/2015. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: lil-753961

ABSTRACT

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the in vitro effect of glutamine and insulin on apoptosis, mitochondrial membrane potential, cell permeability, and inflammatory cytokines in hyperglycemic umbilical vein endothelial cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Human umbilical vein endothelial cells were grown and subjected to glutamine and insulin to examine the effects of these agents on the hyperglycemic state. Mitochondrial function and the production of inflammatory cytokines were assessed using fluorescence analysis and multiple cytotoxicity assays. Apoptosis was analyzed by the terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick end-labeling assay. RESULTS: Glutamine maintains the integrity of the mitochondria by reducing the cell permeability and cytochrome c levels and increasing the mitochondrial membrane potential. The cytochrome c level was significantly (p<0.005) reduced when the cells were treated with glutamine. An apoptosis assay revealed significantly reduced apoptosis (p<0.005) in the glutamine-treated cells. Moreover, glutamine alone or in combination with insulin modulated inflammatory cytokine levels. Interleukin-10, interleukin-6, and vascular endothelial growth factor were up-regulated while tumor necrosis factor-α was down-regulated after treatment with glutamine. CONCLUSION: Glutamine, either alone or in combination with insulin, can positively modulate the mitochondrial stress and cell permeability in umbilical vein endothelial cells. Glutamine regulates the expression of inflammatory cytokines and maintains the balance of the mitochondria in a cytoprotective manner. .


Subject(s)
Humans , Apoptosis/drug effects , Glutamine/pharmacology , Hyperglycemia/drug therapy , Mitochondria/drug effects , Oxidative Stress/drug effects , Cells, Cultured , Cell Membrane Permeability/drug effects , Cytochromes c/analysis , Cytokines/analysis , Cytokines/drug effects , Drug Combinations , Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells/drug effects , Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells/metabolism , Hyperglycemia/metabolism , Hypoglycemic Agents/pharmacology , Insulin/pharmacology , Mitochondria/metabolism
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Rev. latinoam. enferm ; 23(1): 130-138, Jan-Feb/2015. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS, BDENF | ID: lil-742022

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OBJECTIVE: to adapt and validate the Caregiver Burden Inventory for use with caregivers of older adults in Brazil. METHOD: methodological study involving initial translation, synthesis of translations, back translation, expert committee review, pre-testing, submission of the final version to the original authors, and assessment of the inventory's psychometric properties. The inventory assesses five dimensions of caregiver burden: time-dependence, developmental, physical, social and emotional dimensions. RESULTS: a total of 120 family caregivers took part in the study. All care-receivers were older adults dependent on assistance to perform activities of daily living, and lived in the central region of the city of Porto Alegre, RS, Brasil. Cronbach's alpha value for the inventory was 0.936, and the Pearson correlation coefficient for the relationship between the scores obtained on the Caregiver Burden Inventory and the Burden Interview was 0.814. The intraclass correlation coefficient was 0.941, and the value of Student's T-test comparing test and retest scores was 0.792. CONCLUSION: the instrument presented adequate reliability and the suitability of its items and factors was confirmed in this study. .


OBJETIVO: adaptar e validar o Inventário de Sobrecarga do Cuidador para uso em cuidadores de idosos no Brasil. MÉTODO: estudo metodológico envolvendo tradução inicial, síntese das traduções, retrotradução, revisão por comitê de especialistas, pré-teste, envio da versão final para apreciação dos autores da versão original, e avaliação de suas propriedades psicométricas. O inventário avalia cinco dimensões de sobrecarga do cuidador: tempo dependente, sobrecarga à vida pessoal, física, social e emocional. RESULTADOS: participaram do estudo 120 cuidadores familiares. Todos os indivíduos sob cuidado destes cuidadores eram idosos que dependiam de assistência para realizar atividades da vida diária e residiam na região central da cidade de Porto Alegre, RS, Brasil. O valor alfa de Cronbach encontrado para o inventário foi de 0,936 e o coeficiente de correlação Pearson para a relação entre os escores obtidos no Inventário de Sobrecarga do Cuidador e na escala Burden Interview foi de 0,814. O coeficiente de correlação intraclasse foi de 0,941 e o valor do teste t de Student que comparou os escores do teste e reteste foi de 0,792. CONCLUSÃO: o instrumento apresentou confiabilidade apropriada e a adequação de seus itens e domínios foi confirmada neste estudo. .


OBJETIVO: adaptar y validar el Inventario de Sobrecarga del Cuidador para uso en cuidadores de ancianos en Brasil. MÉTODO: estudio metodológico con traducción inicial, síntesis de las traducciones, retrotraducción, revisión por comité de especialistas, preprueba, envío de la traducción final para apreciación de los autores del instrumento original, y evaluación de sus propiedades psicométricas. El Inventario evalúa cinco dominios de sobrecarga del cuidador: tiempo dependiente, sobrecarga en la vida personal, física, social y emocional. RESULTADOS: participaron del estudio 120 cuidadores familiares. Todos los individuos bajo el cuidado de estos cuidadores eran ancianos que dependían de asistencia para realizar actividades de la vida diaria y residían en la región central de la ciudad de Porto Alegre, RS, Brasil. El valor Alfa de Cronbach encontrado para el Inventario fue 0,936 y el coeficiente de correlación de Pearson para la relación entre los puntajes obtenidos entre el Inventario de Sobrecarga del Cuidador y el Burden Interview fue 0,814. El coeficiente de correlación intraclase fue 0,941 y el valor de la prueba t de Student que comparó los puntajes de la prueba y reprueba fue de 0,792. CONCLUSIÓN: el instrumento presentó confiabilidad apropiada y la adecuación de sus ítems y dominios fue confirmada en este estudio. .


Subject(s)
Animals , Male , /metabolism , Caloric Restriction , Circadian Rhythm , Liver/enzymology , /genetics , Blotting, Western , gamma-Aminobutyric Acid , Gene Expression Regulation, Enzymologic , Mitochondria/metabolism , Rats, Wistar , RNA, Messenger/genetics , RNA, Messenger/metabolism , Subcellular Fractions/metabolism
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Rev. méd. Chile ; 143(2): 175-182, feb. 2015. tab
Article in Spanish | LILACS | ID: lil-742568

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Background: In 2007, a Clinical-Case-Portfolio (CCP) was introduced as a new assessment instrument for fourth grade undergraduate medical students. Since then, several changes have been implemented such as reduction on the number of clinical cases, peer review and the introduction of virtual patient to the portfolio. Aim: To describe the virtual patient model incorporated to the CCP and assess the perception of this change and its effects on the performance of undergraduate students. Material and Methods: Virtual patients were implemented based on prototype clinical cases with specific syndromes. Students’ perceptions about CCP before and after the introduction of virtual patients were evaluated using a validated questionnaire that was answered voluntarily and anonymously. Results: Overall perception of CCP significantly improved after the incorporation of virtual patients (97.1 ± 24.9 and 111.3 ± 25.7 points; 57.8 and 66.2% respectively). The same improvements were observed for the domains “Student Learning”, “Organization and Evaluation”, “Teaching Methodology” and “Integration”. In both years, students obtained high grades in CCP evaluations. However CCP grades were not significantly correlated with integrated final grades. Conclusions: The incorporation of virtual patients improved undergraduate students’ perception of CCP.


Subject(s)
Animals , Mice , Apoptosis , Axin Protein/metabolism , Enzyme Activation , Poly(ADP-ribose) Polymerases/metabolism , Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases/antagonists & inhibitors , Aurora Kinases , Adenosine Triphosphate/metabolism , Apoptosis Inducing Factor/genetics , Apoptosis Inducing Factor/metabolism , Cell Line , Cell Membrane/metabolism , Cell Membrane/physiology , Mitochondria/metabolism , Protein Kinase Inhibitors/pharmacology , RNA Interference , Time-Lapse Imaging
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Rev. bras. cir. cardiovasc ; 30(1): 55-62, Jan-Mar/2015. tab
Article in English | LILACS | ID: lil-742887

ABSTRACT

Introduction: Complete denervation of transplanted heart exerts protective effect against postoperative atrial fibrillation; various degrees of autonomic denervation appear also after transection of ascending aorta during surgery for aortic aneurysm. Objective: This study aimed to evaluate if the level of cardiac denervation obtained by resection of ascending aorta could exert any effect on postoperative atrial fibrillation incidence. Methods: We retrospectively analysed the clinical records of 67 patients submitted to graft replacement of ascending aorta (group A) and 132 with aortic valve replacement (group B); all episodes of postoperative atrial fibrillation occurred during the 1-month follow-up have been reported. Heart Rate Variability parameters were obtained from a 24-h Holter recording; clinical, echocardiographic and treatment data were also evaluated. Results: Overall, 45% of patients (group A 43%, group B 46%) presented at least one episode of postoperative atrial fibrillation. Older age (but not gender, abnormal glucose tolerance, ejection fraction, left atrial diameter) was correlated with incidence of postoperative atrial fibrillation. Only among a subgroup of patients with aortic transection and signs of greater autonomic derangement (heart rate variability parameters below the median and mean heart rate over the 75th percentile), possibly indicating more profound autonomic denervation, a lower incidence of postoperative atrial fibrillation was observed (22% vs. 54%). Conclusion: Transection of ascending aorta for repair of an aortic aneurysm did not confer any significant protective effect from postoperative atrial fibrillation in comparison to patients with intact ascending aorta. It could be speculated that a limited and heterogeneous cardiac denervation was produced by the intervention, creating an eletrophysiological substrate for the high incidence of postoperative atrial fibrillation observed. .


Introdução: Denervação completa do coração transplantado exerce efeito protetor contra a fibrilação atrial no pós-operatório; vários graus de denervação autonômica aparecem também após a transecção da aorta ascendente durante a cirurgia de aneurisma da aorta. Objetivo: Este estudo teve como objetivo avaliar se o nível de denervação cardíaca obtida por ressecção da aorta ascendente poderia exercer algum efeito sobre a incidência de fibrilação atrial no pós-operatório. Métodos: Foram analisados retrospectivamente os prontuários de 67 pacientes submetidos a enxerto de substituição de aorta torácica (grupo A) e 132 com a substituição da valva aórtica (grupo B). Foram relatados todos os episódios de fibrilação atrial pós-operatória ocorridos durante 1 mês de seguimento. Parâmetros de variabilidade da frequência cardíaca foram obtidos a partir de 24 h de gravação do Holter; dados clínicos, ecocardiográficos e de tratamento também foram avaliados. Resultados: No geral, 45% dos pacientes (grupo A 43%, grupo B 46%) apresentaram pelo menos um episódio de fibrilação atrial no pós-operatório. Idade mais avançada (mas não gênero, tolerância à glicose anormal, fração de ejeção, diâmetro do átrio esquerdo) foi correlacionada com a incidência de fibrilação atrial pós-operatória. Apenas em um subgrupo de pacientes com transecção aórtica e sinais de maior desarranjo autonômico (parâmetros de variabilidade da frequência cardíaca abaixo da mediana e a média de frequência cardíaca acima do percentil 75), indicando possivelmente denervação autonômica mais profunda, foi observada menor incidência de fibrilação atrial pós-operatória (22% vs. 54%). Conclusão: Transecção da aorta ascendente para correção de um aneurisma da aorta não confere qualquer efeito protetor significativo de fibrilação atrial no pós-operatório em comparação com pacientes com aorta ascendente intacta. Pode-se especular que uma denervação cardíaca limitada e heterogênea foi produzida pela ...


Subject(s)
Animals , Mice , Brain/physiology , Nerve Tissue Proteins/physiology , Poly Adenosine Diphosphate Ribose/antagonists & inhibitors , Stroke/physiopathology , Apoptosis Inducing Factor/physiology , Blotting, Northern , Calcium/metabolism , Cell Death/physiology , Glutamic Acid/drug effects , Glutamic Acid/physiology , Mitochondria/metabolism , Nerve Tissue Proteins/metabolism , Protein Binding , Poly(ADP-ribose) Polymerases/metabolism , Poly(ADP-ribose) Polymerases/physiology , Receptors, N-Methyl-D-Aspartate/drug effects
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Rev. bras. cir. cardiovasc ; 30(1): 49-54, Jan-Mar/2015. tab
Article in English | LILACS | ID: lil-742891

ABSTRACT

Introduction: Perioperative myocardial infarction adversely affects the prognosis of patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft and its diagnosis was hampered by numerous difficulties, because the pathophysiology is different from the traditional instability atherosclerotic and the clinical difficulty to be characterized. Objective: To identify the frequency of perioperative myocardial infarction and its outcome in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft. Methods: Retrospective cohort study performed in a tertiary hospital specialized in cardiology, from May 01, 2011 to April 30, 2012, which included all records containing coronary artery bypass graft records. To confirm the diagnosis of perioperative myocardial infarction criteria, the Third Universal Definition of Myocardial Infarction was used. Results: We analyzed 116 cases. Perioperative myocardial infarction was diagnosed in 28 patients (24.1%). Number of grafts and use and cardiopulmonary bypass time were associated with this diagnosis and the mean age was significantly higher in this group. The diagnostic criteria elevated troponin I, which was positive in 99.1% of cases regardless of diagnosis of perioperative myocardial infarction. No significant difference was found between length of hospital stay and intensive care unit in patients with and without this complication, however patients with perioperative myocardial infarction progressed with worse left ventricular function and more death cases. Conclusion: The frequency of perioperative myocardial infarction found in this study was considered high and as a consequence the same observed average higher troponin I, more cases of worsening left ventricular function and death. .


Introdução: O infarto do miocárdio perioperatório afeta negativamente o prognóstico dos pacientes submetidos à cirurgia de revascularização do miocárdio e seu diagnóstico esbarra em inúmeras dificuldades, pois a fisiopatologia é diferente da tradicional instabilidade aterosclerótica e o quadro clínico de difícil caracterização. Objetivo: Identificar a frequência de infarto do miocárdio perioperatório e seu desfecho em pacientes submetidos à cirurgia de revascularização do miocárdio. Métodos: Coorte retrospectiva realizada em hospital terciário especializado em cardiologia, de 1 de maio de 2011 a 30 de abril de 2012, que incluiu todos os prontuários contendo registros de cirurgia de revascularização do miocárdio. Para confirmação diagnóstica do infarto do miocárdio perioperatório, foram utilizados os critérios da Third Universal Definition of Myocardial Infarction Resultados: Foram analisados 116 casos. Foi diagnosticado infarto do miocárdio perioperatório em 28 pacientes (24,1%). Número de enxertos e utilização e tempo de circulação extracorpórea foram fatores associados a este diagnóstico e a média de idade foi significativamente mais elevada neste grupo. O critério diagnóstico elevação de troponina I foi positivo em 99,1% dos casos, independentemente do diagnóstico de infarto do miocárdio perioperatório. Não foi encontrada diferença significativa entre tempo de internação hospitalar e em unidade de terapia intensiva nos grupos com e sem esta complicação, porém pacientes com infarto do miocárdio perioperatório evoluíram com pior função ventricular esquerda e mais casos de óbito. Conclusão: A frequência de infarto do miocárdio perioperatório encontrada neste trabalho foi considerada alta e como consequência do mesmo observou-se média mais elevada de troponina I, mais casos de piora da função ventricular esquerda e óbito. .


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Animals , Female , Male , Mice , Cell Death/physiology , Glucose/metabolism , Hypoxia-Ischemia, Brain/metabolism , Neurons/physiology , Oxygen/metabolism , Sex Characteristics , Signal Transduction/physiology , Adenosine Triphosphate/metabolism , Apoptosis Inducing Factor/metabolism , /metabolism , /metabolism , Cerebellum/cytology , Mice, Knockout , Mitochondria/metabolism , Neurons/cytology , Poly(ADP-ribose) Polymerases/genetics , Poly(ADP-ribose) Polymerases/metabolism
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Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop ; 48(1): 50-55, jan-feb/2015. tab
Article in English | LILACS | ID: lil-742969

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INTRODUCTION: Leptospirosis is a zoonosis that affects both humans and animals. Dogs may serve as sentinels and indicators of environmental contamination as well as potential carriers for Leptospira. This study aimed to evaluate the seroprevalence and seroincidence of leptospirosis infection in dogs in an urban low-income community in southern Brazil where human leptospirosis is endemic. METHODS: A prospective cohort study was designed that consisted of sampling at recruitment and four consecutive trimestral follow-up sampling trials. All households in the area were visited, and those that owned dogs were invited to participate in the study. The seroprevalence (MAT titers ≥100) of Leptospira infection in dogs was calculated for each visit, the seroincidence (seroconversion or four-fold increase in serogroup-specific MAT titer) density rate was calculated for each follow-up, and a global seroincidence density rate was calculated for the overall period. RESULTS: A total of 378 dogs and 902.7 dog-trimesters were recruited and followed, respectively. The seroprevalence of infection ranged from 9.3% (95% CI; 6.7 - 12.6) to 19% (14.1 - 25.2), the seroincidence density rate of infection ranged from 6% (3.3 - 10.6) to 15.3% (10.8 - 21.2), and the global seroincidence density rate of infection was 11% (9.1 - 13.2) per dog-trimester. Canicola and Icterohaemorraghiae were the most frequent incident serogroups observed in all follow-ups. CONCLUSIONS: Follow-ups with mean trimester intervals were incapable of detecting any increase in seroprevalence due to seroincident cases of canine leptospirosis, suggesting that antibody titers may fall within three months. Further studies on incident infections, disease burden or risk factors for incident Leptospira cases should take into account the detectable lifespan of the antibody. .


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Animals , Female , Male , Mice , B-Lymphocytes/metabolism , Glycolysis , Lymphoma/metabolism , Poly(ADP-ribose) Polymerases/metabolism , AMP-Activated Protein Kinases/metabolism , Apoptosis/drug effects , B-Lymphocytes/pathology , Biological Transport/drug effects , Cells, Cultured , Enzyme Activation/drug effects , Glucose/metabolism , Glucose/pharmacokinetics , Immunoblotting , In Situ Nick-End Labeling , /pharmacology , Lymphoma/genetics , Lymphoma/pathology , Mice, Knockout , Mitochondria/drug effects , Mitochondria/metabolism , Oxidative Phosphorylation/drug effects , Poly(ADP-ribose) Polymerases/genetics , /genetics , /metabolism , Survival Analysis
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Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop ; 48(1): 11-17, jan-feb/2015. tab, graf
Article in English | SES-SP, LILACS, SES-SP | ID: lil-742966

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INTRODUCTION : Brazilian spotted fever (BSF) is a disease transmitted by ticks for which the etiological agent is Rickettsia rickettsii. The present essay evaluates the risk factors associated with the transmission of cases of BSF in the time period between 2003 and 2013 in the Piracicaba river basin, state of São Paulo. METHODS : This essay presents a retrospective study to identify the factors associated with the transmission of cases of BSF among all suspected cases identified by the System for Epidemiological Surveillance of São Paulo (CVE). After the description of temporal distribution (onset of symptoms) and the environmental and demographic variations of the confirmed and discarded cases, a multiple logistic regression model was applied. RESULTS : We searched 569 probable locations of infection (PLI) with 210 (37%) confirmed cases of BSF and 359 (63%) discarded cases. The associated variables for the confirmation of BSF in the multiple logistic model using a confidence interval (CI) of 95% were age (OR = 1.025 CI: 1.015-1.035), the presence of Amblyomma sculptum in the environment (OR = 1.629 CI: 1.097-2.439), the collection of ticks from horses (OR = 1.939 CI: 0.999-3.764), the presence of capybaras (OR = 1.467 CI: 1.009-2.138), an urban environment (OR = 1.515 CI: 1.036-2.231), and the existence of a dirty pasture (OR = 1.759 CI: 1.028-3.003). CONCLUSIONS : The factors associated with the confirmation of BSF cases included an urban environment, age, presence of the A. sculptum vector, the collection of ticks from horses, the presence of a capybara population, and a dirty pasture environment. .


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Animals , Male , Rats , Apoptosis/genetics , Benzofurans/therapeutic use , Apoptosis/drug effects , Blotting, Western , Cell Line , Cell Nucleus/drug effects , Cell Nucleus/metabolism , Electrophoresis, Gel, Two-Dimensional , Hemodynamics/drug effects , In Situ Nick-End Labeling , Microscopy, Electron, Transmission , Mitochondria/drug effects , Mitochondria/metabolism , Myocardial Infarction/metabolism , Myocardium/cytology , Myocardium/metabolism , Myocardium/ultrastructure , Myocytes, Cardiac/cytology , Myocytes, Cardiac/metabolism , NF-kappa B/metabolism , Poly(ADP-ribose) Polymerases/metabolism , Rats, Wistar , Signal Transduction/drug effects , Signal Transduction/genetics , Spectrometry, Mass, Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption-Ionization , Tandem Mass Spectrometry
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Ciênc. saúde coletiva ; 20(1): 193-198, 01/2015. tab
Article in English | LILACS | ID: lil-733154

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The aim of this study was to applythe Health Belief Model to explain the adherence to the recommendation not to recap needles by dentists and dental assistants of the public health system in a municipality in the State of São Paulo. A questionnaire validated and adapted for the oral health area was used, which included variables related to the frequency of recapping and health beliefs using Likert-type scales. The relationship between beliefs and adherence to the recommendation not to recap needles was obtained by regression analysis. Of all the professionals in this study (n=79), the majority (83.5%) reported recapping needles at least once in the last month. Through regression analysis, it was observed that the relationship between the beliefs described by the model and the attitude whether or not to follow the recommendation not to recap needles was explained by a lower perception of psychological barriers and a greater perception of stimuli not to recap needles. The conclusion reached is that the acceptance of recommendations to prevent working accidents with biological material was explained by some dimensions of the Health Belief Model, enabling discussion about reformulation of training offered to professionals of the public health system.


Objetivou-se neste estudo aplicar o Modelo de Crenças em Saúde a fim de explicar a adesão à recomendação de não reencapar agulhas por cirurgiões-dentistas e auxiliares de saúde bucal da rede pública de um município paulista. Utilizou-se um questionário validado e adaptado para a área de saúde bucal, que contemplava variáveis relativas à frequência do reencape e crenças em saúde, por meio de escalas tipo Likert. A relação entre as crenças e a adesão à recomendação de não reencapar agulhas foi obtida por meio da análise de regressão. Da amostra de profissionais obtida por adesão ao estudo (n = 79), a maioria (83,5%) relatou ter reencapado agulhas pelo menos alguma vez no último mês. Por meio da análise de regressão, foi observado que a relação entre as crenças descritas pelo modelo e a atitude de aderir ou não à recomendação de não reencapar agulhas foi explicada por uma menor percepção de barreiras psicológicas e por uma maior percepção de estímulos para não reencapar agulhas. Conclui-se que a aceitação das recomendações para prevenir acidentes do trabalho com material biológico foi explicado por algumas dimensões do Modelo de Crenças em Saúde, possibilitando a discussão sobre a reformulação de capacitações oferecidas para profissionais do sistema público de saúde.


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Animals , Cattle , Electron Transport Complex I/metabolism , Endothelial Cells/enzymology , Hyperoxia/metabolism , Mitochondria/enzymology , Pulmonary Artery/cytology , Pulmonary Artery/enzymology , Ubiquinone/metabolism , Aerobiosis/drug effects , Benzoquinones/pharmacology , Cells, Cultured , Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid , Culture Media , Cell Survival/drug effects , Electron Transport Complex I/antagonists & inhibitors , Endothelial Cells/drug effects , Enzyme Inhibitors/pharmacology , Ferricyanides/pharmacology , L-Lactate Dehydrogenase/metabolism , Mitochondria/drug effects , Mitochondria/metabolism , Oxidation-Reduction/drug effects , Oxygen Consumption/drug effects , Pulmonary Artery/drug effects , Spectrophotometry , Tolonium Chloride/pharmacology , Ubiquinone/analysis , Ubiquinone/pharmacology
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Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-130564

ABSTRACT

Clonorchis sinensis habitating in the bile duct of mammals causes clonorchiasis endemic in East Asian countries. Parkin is a RING-between-RING protein and has E3-ubiquitin ligase activity catalyzing ubiquitination and degradation of substrate proteins. A cDNA clone of C. sinensis was predicted to encode a polypeptide homologous to parkin (CsParkin) including 5 domains (Ubl, RING0, RING1, IBR, and RING2). The cysteine and histidine residues binding to Zn2+ were all conserved and participated in formation of tertiary structural RINGs. Conserved residues were also an E2-binding site in RING1 domain and a catalytic cysteine residue in the RING2 domain. Native CsParkin was determined to have an estimated molecular weight of 45.7 kDa from C. sinensis adults by immunoblotting. CsParkin revealed E3-ubiquitin ligase activity and higher expression in metacercariae than in adults. CsParkin was localized in the locomotive and male reproductive organs of C. sinensis adults, and extensively in metacercariae. Parkin has been found to participate in regulating mitochondrial function and energy metabolism in mammalian cells. From these results, it is suggested that CsParkin play roles in energy metabolism of the locomotive organs, and possibly in protein metabolism of the reproductive organs of C. sinensis.


Subject(s)
Amino Acid Sequence , Animals , Clonorchis sinensis/enzymology , Cluster Analysis , Conserved Sequence , DNA, Complementary/genetics , Energy Metabolism , Gene Expression Profiling , Mitochondria/metabolism , Models, Molecular , Molecular Weight , Phylogeny , Protein Conformation , Sequence Homology, Amino Acid , Ubiquitin-Protein Ligases/chemistry
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Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-130557

ABSTRACT

Clonorchis sinensis habitating in the bile duct of mammals causes clonorchiasis endemic in East Asian countries. Parkin is a RING-between-RING protein and has E3-ubiquitin ligase activity catalyzing ubiquitination and degradation of substrate proteins. A cDNA clone of C. sinensis was predicted to encode a polypeptide homologous to parkin (CsParkin) including 5 domains (Ubl, RING0, RING1, IBR, and RING2). The cysteine and histidine residues binding to Zn2+ were all conserved and participated in formation of tertiary structural RINGs. Conserved residues were also an E2-binding site in RING1 domain and a catalytic cysteine residue in the RING2 domain. Native CsParkin was determined to have an estimated molecular weight of 45.7 kDa from C. sinensis adults by immunoblotting. CsParkin revealed E3-ubiquitin ligase activity and higher expression in metacercariae than in adults. CsParkin was localized in the locomotive and male reproductive organs of C. sinensis adults, and extensively in metacercariae. Parkin has been found to participate in regulating mitochondrial function and energy metabolism in mammalian cells. From these results, it is suggested that CsParkin play roles in energy metabolism of the locomotive organs, and possibly in protein metabolism of the reproductive organs of C. sinensis.


Subject(s)
Amino Acid Sequence , Animals , Clonorchis sinensis/enzymology , Cluster Analysis , Conserved Sequence , DNA, Complementary/genetics , Energy Metabolism , Gene Expression Profiling , Mitochondria/metabolism , Models, Molecular , Molecular Weight , Phylogeny , Protein Conformation , Sequence Homology, Amino Acid , Ubiquitin-Protein Ligases/chemistry
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Article in English | IMSEAR | ID: sea-157085

ABSTRACT

Obesity is an important clinical and public health challenge, epitomized by excess adipose tissue accumulation resulting from an imbalance in energy intake and energy expenditure. It is a forerunner for a variety of other diseases such as type-2-diabetes (T2D), cardiovascular diseases, some types of cancer, stroke, hyperlipidaemia and can be fatal leading to premature death. Obesity is highly heritable and arises from the interplay of multiple genes and environmental factors. Recent advancements in Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have shown important steps towards identifying genetic risks and identification of genetic markers for lifestyle diseases, especially for a metabolic disorder like obesity. According to the 12th update of Human Obesity Gene Map there are 253 quantity trait loci (QTL) for obesity related phenotypes from 61 genome wide scan studies. Contribution of genetic propensity of individual ethnic and racial variations in obesity is an active area of research. Further, understanding its complexity as to how these variations could influence ones susceptibility to become or remain obese will lead us to a greater understanding of how obesity occurs and hopefully, how to prevent and treat this condition. In this review, various strategies adapted for such an analysis based on the recent advances in genome wide and functional variations in human obesity are discussed.


Subject(s)
Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2/genetics , Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2/pathology , Epigenesis, Genetic , Genetic Predisposition to Disease , Genome-Wide Association Study , Humans , Hyperlipidemias/genetics , Hyperlipidemias/metabolism , Hyperlipidemias/pathology , Mitochondria/genetics , Mitochondria/metabolism , Obesity/genetics , Obesity/metabolism , Obesity/pathology
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Arq. bras. endocrinol. metab ; 58(6): 600-609, 08/2014. graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: lil-721396

ABSTRACT

Overall excess of fat, usually defined by the body mass index, is associated with metabolic (e.g. glucose intolerance, type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), dyslipidemia) and non-metabolic disorders (e.g. neoplasias, polycystic ovary syndrome, non-alcoholic fat liver disease, glomerulopathy, bone fragility etc.). However, more than its total amount, the distribution of adipose tissue throughout the body is a better predictor of the risk to the development of those disorders. Fat accumulation in the abdominal area and in non-adipose tissue (ectopic fat), for example, is associated with increased risk to develop metabolic and non-metabolic derangements. On the other hand, observations suggest that individuals who present peripheral adiposity, characterized by large hip and thigh circumferences, have better glucose tolerance, reduced incidence of T2DM and of metabolic syndrome. Insulin resistance (IR) is one of the main culprits in the association between obesity, particularly visceral, and metabolic as well as non-metabolic diseases. In this review we will highlight the current pathophysiological and molecular mechanisms possibly involved in the link between increased VAT, ectopic fat, IR and comorbidities. We will also provide some insights in the identification of these abnormalities. Arq Bras Endocrinol Metab. 2014;58(6):600-9.


Excesso de gordura, geralmente definido pelo índice de massa corporal, está associado a distúrbios metabólicos (p. ex., intolerância à glicose, diabetes melito tipo 2 (DM2), dislipidemia) e não metabólicos (p. ex., neoplasias, síndrome dos ovários policísticos, esteatose hepática não alcoólica, glomerulopatia, fragilidade óssea etc.). No entanto, mais do que sua quantidade total, a forma da distribuição corporal de tecido adiposo constitui-se em um melhor indicador de risco para o desenvolvimento de tais doenças. O acúmulo de gordura na região abdominal e em tecido não adiposo (gordura ectópica), por exemplo, está associado ao aumento de risco para distúrbios metabólicos e não metabólicos. Por outro lado, observações sugerem que os indivíduos que apresentam adiposidade periférica, caracterizada por aumento das circunferências dos quadris e da coxas, têm melhor tolerância à glicose, redução das incidências de DM2 e da síndrome metabólica. Uma das alterações subjacentes na relação entre a obesidade, particularmente a visceral, e os distúrbios citados é a resistência à insulina. Nesta revisão, enfatizaremos os mecanismos fisiopatológicos e moleculares possivelmente implicados na ligação entre o aumento das gorduras visceral e ectópica, IR e comorbidades. Também mencionaremos os métodos diagnósticos mais frequentemente usados na identificação dessas anormalidades. Arq Bras Endocrinol Metab. 2014;58(6):600-9.


Subject(s)
Animals , Humans , Adipose Tissue/physiopathology , Hyperinsulinism/complications , Insulin Resistance , Obesity/complications , Apoptosis , Adipose Tissue/pathology , Body Fat Distribution , Endoplasmic Reticulum/metabolism , Hyperinsulinism/metabolism , Mitochondria/metabolism , Oxidation-Reduction , Oxidative Stress , Obesity/metabolism , Obesity/physiopathology , Risk Assessment
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Salud pública Méx ; 56(4): 402-404, jul.-ago. 2014. tab
Article in Spanish | LILACS | ID: lil-733306

ABSTRACT

La fiebre chikungunya (CHIK) es una enfermedad viral transmitida al ser humano por el mismo vector del dengue, el mosquito Aedes. Además de fiebre y fuertes dolores articulares, produce otros síntomas como mialgias, cefalea, náuseas, cansancio y exantema. No tiene tratamiento específico; el manejo terapéutico de los pacientes se enfoca en el alivio de los síntomas. Históricamente se han reportado brotes de grandes proporciones; incluso desde 2010 se llegó a considerar como una potencial epidemia emergente. En 2013 se introdujo a las islas del Caribe y recientemente se ha reportado en el continente americano. En este trabajo se describe el primer caso confirmado de chikungunya en México, en el municipio de Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, Jalisco, en mayo de 2014, importado de la isla Antigua y Barbuda, en el Caribe, por una mujer de 39 años de edad.


Chikungunya fever (CHIK) is a viral disease transmitted to human beings by the same vector as dengue -the Aedes mosquito. Besides fever and severe pain in the joints, it produces other symptoms such as myalgias, headache, nausea, fatigue and exanthema. There is no specific treatment for it; the therapeutic management of patients focuses on symptom relief. Historically, outbreaks of large proportions have been reported; even since 2010 it was considered to be a potential emerging epidemic. In 2013 it was introduced into the islands of the Caribbean, and it has recently been reported in the American continent. This paper describes the first confirmed case of chikungunya in Mexico -in the municipality of Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, Jalisco, in May, 2014-, which was imported from the Caribbean island of Antigua and Barbuda by a 39 year-old woman.


Subject(s)
Animals , Cattle , Male , Rats , Antidotes/pharmacology , Hot Temperature , Imidazoles/toxicity , Meat , Mitochondria/metabolism , Mutagens/toxicity , Oxygen Consumption/drug effects , Ubiquinone/pharmacology , Antidotes/administration & dosage , Cooking , Diet , Electron Transport Complex II , Electron Transport Complex III/metabolism , Electron Transport Complex IV/metabolism , Electron Transport/drug effects , Food, Fortified , Mitochondria, Heart/drug effects , Mitochondria, Heart/metabolism , Mitochondria, Liver/drug effects , Mitochondria, Liver/metabolism , Mitochondria, Muscle/drug effects , Mitochondria, Muscle/metabolism , Multienzyme Complexes/metabolism , NAD(P)H Dehydrogenase (Quinone)/metabolism , Oxidoreductases/metabolism , Rats, Wistar , Succinate Dehydrogenase/metabolism , Ubiquinone/administration & dosage
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Medicina (B.Aires) ; 74(3): 254-258, jun. 2014. ilus
Article in Spanish | LILACS | ID: lil-734375

ABSTRACT

La muerte celular programada y la fibrosis renal son procesos inherentes a la enfermedad renal crónica y, en tal sentido, ha sido recientemente descripta una clara desregulación de la maquinaria respiratoria mitocondrial en pacientes con enfermedad renal crónica asociada con un aumento del estrés oxidativo. Las células tubulares lesionadas vinculadas a los macrófagos intersticiales y miofibroblastos producen citoquinas y factores de crecimiento que promueven un estado inflamatorio, inducen la apoptosis de las células tubulares y facilitan la acumulación de matriz extracelular. La angiotensina II desempeña un papel central en la fibrogénesis renal y conduce a una rápida progresión de la enfermedad renal crónica. Los niveles crecientes de la angiotensina II inducen citoquinas pro-inflamatorias, la activación de NF-kB, moléculas de adhesión, quimiocinas, factores de crecimiento y estrés oxidativo. Toda la evidencia actual sugiere que la angiotensina II aumenta el estrés oxidativo mitocondrial, regula la inducción de apoptosis y condiciona al estado inflamatorio. Por lo tanto, existiría un papel determinante de las mitocondrias y el estrés oxidativo en el proceso inflamatorio renal. Finalmente, esta revisión resume nuestro actual conocimiento acerca de los posibles mecanismos que contribuirían con la apoptosis modulada por la inflamación y/o el estrés oxidativo durante la enfermedad renal crónica. Además, se propone un nuevo concepto de herramientas anti-inflamatorias que regulan el estrés oxidativo mitocondrial lo cual afectaría directamente al proceso inflamatorio y la apoptosis. Esta idea podría tener consecuencias atractivas sobre el tratamiento de patologías inflamatorias renales y de otras afines.


The apoptosis and renal fibrosis are processes inherent to the chronic kidney disease, and consequently a clear deregulation of the mitochondrial respiratory mechanism has been described in patients with chronic renal disease associated to an increase of the oxidative stress. The injured tubular cells linked to the interstitial macrophages and myofibroblasts produce cytokines and growth factors that encourage an inflammatory condition, inducing the apoptosis of the tubular cells and enabling the accumulation of the extracellular matrix. The angiotensin II has a central role in the renal fibrogenesis leading to a rapid progression of the chronic kidney disease. The growing levels of the angiotensin II induce pro-inflammatory cytokines, the activation of NF-kB, adhesion molecules,chemokines, growth factors, and oxidative stress. The current evidence suggests that the angiotensin II increases the mitochondrial oxidative stress, regulates the induction of the apoptosis and conditions the inflammatory process. Therefore the mitochondria and the oxidative stress would play a determinant role in the renal inflammatory process. Finally, this review summarizes our present knowledge regarding the possible mechanisms that would contribute to the apoptosis conditioned by inflammation and/or oxidative stress during the chronic renal disease. Additionally, a new concept of the anti-inflammatory tools is proposed to regulate the mitochondrial oxidative stress that would directly affect the inflammatory process and apoptosis. This concept could have positive consequences on the treatment of renal inflammatory pathologies and related diseases.


Subject(s)
Animals , Humans , Apoptosis/physiology , Mitochondria/metabolism , Mitochondria/pathology , Nephritis/etiology , Oxidative Stress/physiology , Renal Insufficiency, Chronic/etiology , Angiotensin II/metabolism , Cytoprotection , Ergocalciferols/pharmacology , Kidney Cortex/drug effects , Kidney Cortex/pathology , Kidney Tubules/drug effects , Kidney Tubules/pathology , NF-kappa B/metabolism , Nephritis/metabolism , Renal Insufficiency, Chronic/metabolism , Renal Insufficiency, Chronic/pathology , Vitamins/pharmacology
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Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-175270

ABSTRACT

Mitochondrial functions are essential for the survival and function of neurons. Recently, it has been demonstrated that mitochondrial functions are highly associated with mitochondrial morphology, which is dynamically changed by the balance between fusion and fission. Mitochondrial morphology is primarily controlled by the activation of dynamin-related proteins including dynamin-related protein 1 (Drp1), which promotes mitochondrial fission. Drp1 activity is regulated by several post-translational modifications, thereby modifying mitochondrial morphology. Here, we found that phosphorylation of Drp1 at serine 616 (S616) is mediated by cyclin-dependent kinase 5 (CDK5) in post-mitotic rat neurons. Perturbation of CDK5 activity modified the level of Drp1S616 phosphorylation and mitochondrial morphology in neurons. In addition, phosphorylated Drp1S616 preferentially localized as a cytosolic monomer compared with total Drp1. Furthermore, roscovitine, a chemical inhibitor of CDKs, increased oligomerization and mitochondrial translocation of Drp1, suggesting that CDK5-dependent phosphorylation of Drp1 serves to reduce Drp1's fission-promoting activity. Taken together, we propose that CDK5 has a significant role in the regulation of mitochondrial morphology via inhibitory phosphorylation of Drp1S616 in post-mitotic neurons.


Subject(s)
Animals , Cells, Cultured , Cyclin-Dependent Kinase 5/metabolism , Dynamins/analysis , HeLa Cells , Humans , Mitochondria/metabolism , Mitosis , Neurons/cytology , Phosphorylation , Rats
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Pesqui. vet. bras ; 33(supl.1): 45-50, dez. 2013. ilus
Article in Portuguese | LILACS | ID: lil-705851

ABSTRACT

Métodos de cultivo celular são convenientes na realização de análises funcionais de alterações/interações protéicas das células neuronais, auxiliando a decifrar o interactoma de proteínas chaves na neurogênese de doenças do Sistema Nervoso Central. Por esse motivo, culturas de neurônios e neuroesferas isolados do córtex cerebral aviar representam um modelo acessível para o estudo de diversas doenças neurológicas, tal como a epilepsia. A espécie aviar apresenta peculiaridades em seu proteoma neuronal, visto a presença de uma expressão diferenciada de proteínas chaves no metabolismo energético cerebral, algumas destas (VDAC1 e VDAC2) desempenham papel importante na compreensão do mecanismo da epilepsia refratária. A metodologia estabelecida no presente estudo obteve cultivo de neuroeferas, onde as células cresceram tipicamente em aglomerados atingindo, dentro de 7 dias, o diâmetro ideal de 100-200 µm. A diferenciação celular das neuroesferas foi obtida após a aderência destas às placas tratadas com poli-D-lisina, evidenciada pela migração de fibras do interior da neuroesfera. Ao contrário das neuroesferas, os neurônios em cultivo extenderam seus neuritos após 11 dias de isolamento. Tal modelo in vitro pode ser utilizado com sucesso na identificação das variáveis neuroproteômicas, propiciando uma avaliação global das alterações dinâmicas e suas interações protéicas. Tal modelo pode ter aplicações em estudos dos efeitos de indutores da morte celular e bloqueadores de canais de membrana mitocondriais em proteínas chaves do metabolismo energético cerebral.


Cell culture methods are used for studies of protein interactions in neural cells, helping to detect the interactome of proteins linked to generation of central nervous system diseases. For this reason, neural cells and neurospheres isolated from cortical chicken brain are a current model for studies of neurological diseases, such as epilepsy. Chicken brain has key characteristics on its proteome, with a differential expression of proteins linked to energy metabolism, some of them (VDAC 1 and VDAC 2) play an important role in understanding mechanism of refractory epilepsy. Using the methods described, we found neurospheres, in which cells grow in structures with the ideal diameter of 100-200µm within seven days after isolation. Neurospheres differentiation was obtained after adhesion of these cells to surfaces coated with poly-D-Lysine, detected by migration of fibers inside them. Unlike neurospheres, neurons extended neurites after 11 days of isolation. Here we describe a method to isolate and culture neurons and neurospheres from chicken cerebral cortex. Such "in vitro" model can be utilized on studies of neuronal protein differential expression and interaction. Cultures of isolated neurons represent an accessible model on studies of apoptosis and channel blockers of key proteins linked to brain metabolism.


Subject(s)
Animals , Cerebral Cortex/cytology , Epilepsy/metabolism , Models, Biological , Mitochondria/metabolism , Neurons/physiology , Birds/embryology
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