bims-resufa Biomed News
on Respiratory supercomplex factors
Issue of 2020‒07‒19
two papers selected by
Vera Strogolova
Strong Microbials, Inc


  1. Sci Rep. 2020 Jul 16. 10(1): 11785
    Salsaa M, Pereira B, Liu J, Yu W, Jadhav S, Hüttemann M, Greenberg ML.
      The widely used mood stabilizer valproate (VPA) causes perturbation of energy metabolism, which is implicated in both the therapeutic mechanism of action of the drug as well as drug toxicity. To gain insight into these mechanisms, we determined the effects of VPA on energy metabolism in yeast. VPA treatment increased levels of glycolytic intermediates, increased expression of glycolysis genes, and increased ethanol production. Increased glycolysis was likely a response to perturbation of mitochondrial function, as reflected in decreased membrane potential and oxygen consumption. Interestingly, yeast, mouse liver, and isolated bovine cytochrome c oxidase were directly inhibited by the drug, while activities of other oxidative phosphorylation complexes (III and V) were not affected. These findings have implications for mechanisms of therapeutic action and toxicity.
    DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-68725-5
  2. J Biol Chem. 2020 Jul 14. pii: jbc.RA119.011229. [Epub ahead of print]
    Le CH, Benage LG, Specht KS, Li Puma LC, Mulligan CM, Heuberger AL, Prenni JE, Claypool SM, Chatfield KC, Sparagna GC, Chicco AJ.
      Barth syndrome (BTHS) is a mitochondrial myopathy resulting from mutations in the tafazzin (TAZ) gene encoding a phospholipid transacylase required for cardiolipin remodeling. Cardiolipin is phospholipid of the inner mitochondrial membrane essential for the function of numerous mitochondrial proteins and processes. However, it is unclear how tafazzin deficiency impacts cardiac mitochondrial metabolism. To address this question while avoiding confounding effects of cardiomyopathy on mitochondrial phenotype, we utilized Taz-shRNA "knockdown" (TazKD ) mice, which exhibit defective cardiolipin remodeling and respiratory supercomplex instability characteristic of human BTHS, but normal cardiac function into adulthood. Consistent with previous reports from other models, mitochondrial H2O2 emission and oxidative damage were greater in TazKD than in wild-type (WT) hearts, but there were no differences in oxidative phosphorylation coupling efficiency or membrane potential. Fatty acid and pyruvate oxidation capacities were 40-60% lower in TazKD mitochondria, but an upregulation of glutamate oxidation supported respiration rates approximating those with pyruvate and palmitoylcarnitine in WT. Deficiencies in mitochondrial CoA and shifts in the cardiac acyl-CoA profile paralleled changes in fatty acid oxidation enzymes and acyl-CoA thioesterases suggesting limitations of CoA availability or "trapping" in TazKD mitochondrial metabolism. Incubation of TazKD mitochondria with exogenous CoA partially rescued pyruvate and palmitoylcarnitine oxidation capacities, implicating dysregulation of CoA-dependent intermediary metabolism rather than respiratory chain defects in the bioenergetic impacts of tafazzin-deficiency. These findings support links among cardiolipin abnormalities, respiratory supercomplex instability and mitochondrial oxidant production, and shed new light on the distinct metabolic consequences of tafazzin-deficiency in the mammalian heart.
    Keywords:  Barth Syndrome (BTHS); X-linked mitochondrial disorder; bioenergetics; cardiolipin; cardioskeletal myopathy; lipid metabolism; mitochondrial disease; mitochondrial metabolism; phospholipid transacylase; tafazzin (TAZ)
    DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1074/jbc.RA119.011229