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See detailThe fully-active and structurally-stable form of the mitochondrial ATP synthase of Polytomella sp is dimeric
Villavicencio-Queijeiro, Alexa; Vazquez-Acevedo, Miriam; Cano-Estrada, Araceli et al

in Journal of Bioenergetics & Biomembranes (2009), 41(1), 1-13

Mitochondrial F1FO-ATP synthase of chlorophycean algae is a stable dimeric complex of 1,600 kDa. It lacks the classic subunits that constitute the peripheral stator-stalk and the orthodox polypeptides ... [more ▼]

Mitochondrial F1FO-ATP synthase of chlorophycean algae is a stable dimeric complex of 1,600 kDa. It lacks the classic subunits that constitute the peripheral stator-stalk and the orthodox polypeptides involved in the dimerization of the complex. Instead, it contains nine polypeptides of unknown evolutionary origin named ASA1 to ASA9. The isolated enzyme exhibited a very low ATPase activity (0.03 Units/mg), that increased upon heat treatment, due to the release of the F-1 sector. Oligomycin was found to stabilize the dimeric structure of the enzyme, providing partial resistance to heat dissociation. Incubation in the presence of low concentrations of several non-ionic detergents increased the oligomycin-sensitive ATPase activity up to 7.0-9.0 Units/mg. Incubation with 3% (w/v) taurodeoxycholate monomerized the enzyme. The monomeric form of the enzyme exhibited diminished activity in the presence of detergents and diminished oligomycin sensitivity. Cross-linking experiments carried out with the dimeric and monomeric forms of the ATP synthase suggested the participation of the ASA6 subunit in the dimerization of the enzyme. The dimeric enzyme was more resistant to heat treatment, high hydrostatic pressures, and protease digestion than the monomeric enzyme, which was readily disrupted by these treatments. We conclude that the fully-active algal mitochondrial ATP synthase is a stable catalytically active dimer; the monomeric form is less active and less stable. Monomer-monomer interactions could be mediated by the membrane-bound subunits ASA6 and ASA9, and may be further stabilized by other polypeptides such as ASA1 and ASA5. [less ▲]

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See detailMitochondrial function plasticity in Acanthamoeba castellanii during growth in batch culture.
Czarna, M.; Sluse, Francis ULg; jarmuszkiewicz, W.

in Journal of Bioenergetics & Biomembranes (2007), 39

The alterations in mitochondrial bioenergetics during growth in a batch culture of Acanthamoeba castellanii were studied. The capacity of cytochrome pathway-dependent respiration measured in vitro ... [more ▼]

The alterations in mitochondrial bioenergetics during growth in a batch culture of Acanthamoeba castellanii were studied. The capacity of cytochrome pathway-dependent respiration measured in vitro decreased from the intermediary phase, when cell division slowed down. The pattern of the cytochrome pathway capacity changes was paralleled from the intermediary phase by alterations in the amount of total (and reducible) membranous ubiquinone. These changes were accompanied by a decrease in mitochondrial reactive oxygen species production in vitro (when no energy-dissipating system was active), and almost no change in superoxide dismutase activity and protein level, thus indicating an equivalent need for this enzyme in oxidative stress defence in A. castellanii culture. On the other hand, a decrease in the activity and protein level of alternative oxidase and uncoupling protein was observed in vitro, when cells shifted from the exponential growth phase to the stationary phase. It turned out that the contribution of both energy-dissipating systems in the prevention of mitochondrial reactive oxygen species generation in vivo could lead to its constant level throughout the growth cycle of A. castellanii batch culture. Hence, the observed functional plasticity insures survival of high quality cysts of A. castellanii cells. [less ▲]

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See detailThe mitochondrial ATP synthase of chlorophycean algae contains eight subunits of unknown origin involved in the formation of an atypical stator-stalk and in the dimerization of the complex
Vazquez-Acevedo, Miriam; Cardol, Pierre ULg; Cano-Estrada, Araceli et al

in Journal of Bioenergetics & Biomembranes (2006), 38(5-6), 271-282

Mitochondrial F1FO-ATP synthase of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and Polytomella sp. is a dimer of 1,600,000 Da. In Chlamydomonas the enzyme lacks the classical subunits that constitute the peripheral stator ... [more ▼]

Mitochondrial F1FO-ATP synthase of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and Polytomella sp. is a dimer of 1,600,000 Da. In Chlamydomonas the enzyme lacks the classical subunits that constitute the peripheral stator-stalk as well as those involved in the dimerization of the fungal and mammal complex. Instead, it contains eight novel polypeptides named ASA1 to 8. We show that homologs of these subunits are also present in the chlorophycean algae Polytomella sp. and Volvox carterii. Blue Native Gel Electrophoresis analysis of mitochondria from different green algal species also indicates that stable dimeric mitochondrial ATP synthases may be characteristic of all Chlorophyceae. One additional subunit, ASA9, was identified in the purified mitochondrial ATP synthase of Polytomella sp. The dissociation profile of the Polytomella enzyme at high-temperatures and cross-linking experiments finally suggest that some of the ASA polypeptides constitute a stator-stalk with a unique architecture, while others may be involved in the formation of a highly-stable dimeric complex. The algal enzyme seems to have modified the structural features of its surrounding scaffold, while conserving almost intact the structure of its catalytic subunits. [less ▲]

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See detailProton leak induced by reactive oxygen species produced during in vitro anoxia/reoxygenation in rat skeletal muscle mitochondria.
Navet, R.; Mouithys-mickalad, A.; Douette, P. et al

in Journal of Bioenergetics & Biomembranes (2006), 38

Superoxide anion generation and the impairment of oxidative phosphorylation yield were studied in rat skeletal muscle mitochondria submitted to anoxia/reoxygenation in vitro. Production of superoxide ... [more ▼]

Superoxide anion generation and the impairment of oxidative phosphorylation yield were studied in rat skeletal muscle mitochondria submitted to anoxia/reoxygenation in vitro. Production of superoxide anion was detected after several cycles of anoxia/reoxygenation. Concomitantly, a decrease of state 3 respiration and phosphorylation yield (ADP/O) were observed. The latter resulted from a proton leak. The presence of palmitic acid during anoxia/reoxygenation cycles led to a dose-dependent inhibition of superoxide anion production together with a partial protection of the ADP/O ratio measured after anoxia/reoxygenation. The ADP/O decrease was shown to be due to a permeability transition pore-sustained proton leak, as it was suppressed by cyclosporine A. The permeability transition pore activation was induced during anoxia/reoxygenation by superoxide anion, as it was cancelled by the spin trap (POBN), which scavenges superoxide anion and by palmitic acid, which induces mitochondrial uncoupling. It can be proposed that the palmitic acid-induced proton leak cancels the production of superoxide anion by mitochondria during anoxia/reoxygenation and therefore prevents the occurrence of the superoxide anion-induced permeability transition pore-mediated proton leak after anoxia/reoxygenation [less ▲]

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See detailFatty acid efficiency profile in uncoupling of Acanthamoeba castellanii mitochondria.
Swida, A.; czarna, M.; Woyda-Polszczyca, A. et al

in Journal of Bioenergetics & Biomembranes (2006), 39

A profile of free fatty acid (FFA) specificity in Acanthamoeba castellanii mitochondrial uncoupling is described. The FFA uncoupling specificity was observed as different abilities to stimulate resting ... [more ▼]

A profile of free fatty acid (FFA) specificity in Acanthamoeba castellanii mitochondrial uncoupling is described. The FFA uncoupling specificity was observed as different abilities to stimulate resting respiration, to decrease resting membrane potential, and to decrease oxidative phosphorylation efficiency. Tested unsaturated FFA (C18-20) were more effective as uncouplers and protonophores when compared to tested saturated FFA (C8-18), with palmitic acid (C16:0) as the most active. As FFA efficiency in mitochondrial uncoupling is related to physiological changes of fatty acid composition (and thereby FFA availability) during growth of amoeba cells, it could be a way to regulate the activity of an uncoupling protein and thereby the efficiency of oxidative phosphorylation during a cell life of this unicellular organism. [less ▲]

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See detailIn phosphorylating Acanthamoeba castellanii mitochondria the sensitivity of uncoupling protein activity to GTP depends on the redox state of quinone.
Jarmuszkiewicz, W.; Swida, A.; czarna, M. et al

in Journal of Bioenergetics & Biomembranes (2005), 37

In isolated Acanthamoeba castellanii mitochondria respiring in state 3 with external NADH or succinate, the linoleic acid-induced purine nucleotide-sensitive uncoupling protein activity is able to ... [more ▼]

In isolated Acanthamoeba castellanii mitochondria respiring in state 3 with external NADH or succinate, the linoleic acid-induced purine nucleotide-sensitive uncoupling protein activity is able to uncouple oxidative phosphorylation. The linoleic acid-induced uncoupling can be inhibited by a purine nucleotide (GTP) when quinone (Q) is sufficiently oxidized, indicating that in A. castellanii mitochondria respiring in state 3, the sensitivity of uncoupling protein activity to GTP depends on the redox state of the membranous Q. Namely, the inhibition of the linoleic acid-induced uncoupling by GTP is not observed in uninhibited state 3 respiration as well as in state 3 respiration progressively inhibited by complex III inhibitors, i.e., when the rate of quinol (QH(2))-oxidizing pathway is decreased. On the contrary, the progressive decrease of state 3 respiration by declining respiratory substrate availability (by succinate uptake limitation or by decreasing external NADH concentration), i.e., when the rate of Q-reducing pathways is decreased, progressively leads to a full inhibitory effect of GTP. Moreover, in A. castellanii mitochondria isolated from cold-treated cells, where a higher uncoupling protein activity is observed, the inhibition of the linoleic acid-induced proton leak by GTP is revealed for the same low values of the Q reduction level. [less ▲]

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See detailRedox state of endogenous coenzyme q modulates the inhibition of linoleic acid-induced uncoupling by guanosine triphosphate in isolated skeletal muscle mitochondria.
Jarmuszkiewicz, W.; Navet, R.; Alberici, L. et al

in Journal of Bioenergetics & Biomembranes (2004), 36

The skeletal muscle mitochondria contain two isoforms of uncoupling protein, UCP2 and mainly UCP3, which had been shown to be activated by free fatty acids and inhibited by purine nucleotides in ... [more ▼]

The skeletal muscle mitochondria contain two isoforms of uncoupling protein, UCP2 and mainly UCP3, which had been shown to be activated by free fatty acids and inhibited by purine nucleotides in reconstituted systems. On the contrary in isolated mitochondria, the protonophoretic action of muscle UCPs had failed to be demonstrated in the absence of superoxide production. We showed here for the first time that muscle UCPs were activated in state 3 respiration by linoleic acid and dissipated energy from oxidative phosphorylation by decreasing the ADP/O ratio. The efficiency of UCPs in mitochondrial uncoupling increased when the state 3 respiratory rate decreased. The inhibition of the linoleic acid-induced uncoupling by a purine nucleotide (GTP), was not observed in state 4 respiration, in uninhibited state 3 respiration, as well as in state 3 respiration inhibited by complex III inhibitors. On the contrary, the progressive inhibition of state 3 respiration by n -butyl malonate, which inhibits the uptake of succinate, led to a full inhibitory effect of GTP. Therefore, as the inhibitory effect of GTP was observed only when the reduced state of coenzyme Q was decreased, we propose that the coenzyme Q redox state could be a metabolic sensor that modulates the purine nucleotide inhibition of FFA-activated UCPs in muscle mitochondria. [less ▲]

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See detailMitochondrial respiratory chain complex patterns from Acanthamoeba castellanii and Lycopersicon esculentum: comparative analysis by BN-PAGE and evidence of protein-protein interaction between alternative oxidase and complex III.
Navet, R.; Jarmuszkiewicz, W.; Douette, P. et al

in Journal of Bioenergetics & Biomembranes (2004), 36(5), 471-479

We have previously shown that a kinetic interplay exists between the cytochrome pathway and the alternative oxidase in mitochondria from amoeba Acanthamoeba castellanii . Native interaction analyses using ... [more ▼]

We have previously shown that a kinetic interplay exists between the cytochrome pathway and the alternative oxidase in mitochondria from amoeba Acanthamoeba castellanii . Native interaction analyses using blue native gel electrophoresis coupled to denaturating electrophoresis and immunodetection have indicated associations between alternative oxidase and oxidative phosphorylation complexes in both amoeba and tomato mitochondria. These associations are dependent on the expression level of alternative oxidase according to the physiological state in both organisms. Alternative oxidase associates broadly with large complexes of the respiratory chain when it is expressed in large amount, i.e., in ripe tomato and exponentially growing amoeba. On the contrary, alternative oxidase interacts specifically with complex III even if expression of the oxidase is low, i.e., in green tomato and stationary phase amoeba. This specific interaction represents a higher level of regulation driven by protein-protein interactions leading to a direct kinetic interplay between the cytochrome pathway and alternative oxidase in both plant and amoeba mitochondria. [less ▲]

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See detailEnergy conservation and dissipation in mitochondria isolated from developing tomato fruit of ethylene-defective mutants failing normal ripening: the effect of ethephon, a chemical precursor of ethylene.
Navet, R.; Jarmuszkiewicz, W.; Almeida, A. et al

in Journal of Bioenergetics & Biomembranes (2003), 35(2), 157-168

Alternative oxidase (AOX) and uncoupling protein (UCP) are present simultaneously in tomato fruit mitochondria. In a previous work, it has been shown that protein expression and activity of these two ... [more ▼]

Alternative oxidase (AOX) and uncoupling protein (UCP) are present simultaneously in tomato fruit mitochondria. In a previous work, it has been shown that protein expression and activity of these two energy-dissipating systems exhibit large variations during tomato fruit development and ripening on the vine. It has been suggested that AOX and UCP could be responsible for the respiration increase at the end of ripening and that the cytochrome pathway could be implicated in the climacteric respiratory burst before the onset of ripening. In this study, the use of tomato mutants that fail normal ripening because of deficiencies in ethylene perception or production as well as the treatment of one selected mutant with a chemical precursor of ethylene have revealed that the bioenergetics of tomato fruit development and ripening is under the control of this plant hormone. Indeed, the evolution pattern of bioenergetic features changes with the type of mutation and with the introduction of ethylene into an ethylene-synthesis-deficient tomato fruit mutant during its induced ripening. [less ▲]

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See detailInteractions between the cytochrome pathway and the alternative oxidase in isolated Acanthamoeba castellanii mitochondria.
Jarmuszkiewicz, W.; Sluse, Francis ULg; Hryniewiecka, L. et al

in Journal of Bioenergetics & Biomembranes (2002), 34(1), 31-40

The steady-state activity of the two quinol-oxidizing pathways of Acanthamoeba castellanii mitochondria, the phosphorylating cytochrome pathway (i.e. the benzohydroxamate(BHAM)-resistant respiration in ... [more ▼]

The steady-state activity of the two quinol-oxidizing pathways of Acanthamoeba castellanii mitochondria, the phosphorylating cytochrome pathway (i.e. the benzohydroxamate(BHAM)-resistant respiration in state 3) and the alternative oxidase (i.e. the KCN-resistant respiration), is shown to be fixed by ubiquinone (Q) pool redox state independently of the reducing substrate (succinate or exogenous reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH)), indicating that the active Q pool is homogenous. For both pathways, activity increases with the Q reduction level (up to 80%). However, the cytochrome pathway respiration partially inhibited (about 50%) by myxothiazol decreases when the Q reduction level increases above 80%. The decrease can be explained by the Q cycle mechanism of complex III. It is also shown that BHAM has an influence on the relationship between the rate of ADP phosphorylation and the Q reduction level when alternative oxidase is active, and that KCN has an influence on the relationship between the alternative oxidase activity and the Q reduction level. These unexpected effects of BHAM and KCN observed at a given Q reduction level are likely due to functional connections between the two pathways activities or to protein-protein interaction. [less ▲]

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See detailThe effect of pH on the alternative oxidase activity in isolated Acanthamoeba castellanii mitochondria.
Jarmuszkiewicz, W.; Hryniewiecka, L.; Sluse, Francis ULg

in Journal of Bioenergetics & Biomembranes (2002), 34(3), 221-226

Mitochondria of Acanthamoeba castellanii possess a cyanide-resistant GMP-stimulated ubiquinol alternative oxidase in addition to the cytochrome pathway. In a previous work it has been observed that an ... [more ▼]

Mitochondria of Acanthamoeba castellanii possess a cyanide-resistant GMP-stimulated ubiquinol alternative oxidase in addition to the cytochrome pathway. In a previous work it has been observed that an interaction between the two ubiquinol-oxidizing pathways exists in intact A. castellanii mitochondria and that this interaction may be due to a high sensitivity of the alternative oxidase to matrix pH. In this study we have shown that the alternative oxidase activity reveals a pH-dependence with a pH optimum at 6.8 whatever the reducing substrate may be. The GMP stimulation of alternative oxidase is also strongly dependent on pH implicating probably protonation/deprotonation processes at the level of ligand and protein with an optimum pH at 6.8. The ubiquinone redox state-dependence of alternative oxidase activity is modified by pH in such a way that the highest activity for a given ubiquinone redox state is observed at pH 6.8. Thus pH, binding of GMP, and redox state of ubiquinone collaborate to set the activity of the GMP-stimulated alternative oxidase in isolated A. castellanii mitochondria. The high pH sensitivity of the alternative oxidase could link inactivation of the cytochrome pathway proton pumps to activation of the alternative oxidase with acceleration of redox free energy dissipation as a consequence. [less ▲]

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See detailThe energy-conserving and energy-dissipating processes in mitochondria isolated from wild type and nonripening tomato fruits during development on the plant.
Almeida, A.; Navet, R.; Jarmuszkiewicz, W. et al

in Journal of Bioenergetics & Biomembranes (2002), 34(6), 487-498

Bioenergetics of tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) development on the plant was followed from the early growing stage to senescence in wild type (climacteric) and nonripening mutant (nor, non-climacteric ... [more ▼]

Bioenergetics of tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) development on the plant was followed from the early growing stage to senescence in wild type (climacteric) and nonripening mutant (nor, non-climacteric) fruits. Fruit development was expressed in terms of evolution of chlorophyll a content allowing the assessment of a continuous time-course in both cultivars. Measured parameters: the cytochrome pathway-dependent respiration, i.e., the ATP synthesis-sustained respiration (energy-conserving), the uncoupling protein (UCP) activity-sustained respiration (energy-dissipating), the alternative oxidase(AOX)-mediated respiration (energy-dissipating), as well as the protein expression of UCP and AOX, and free fatty acid content exhibited different evolution patterns in the wild type and nor mutant that can be attributed to their climacteric/nonclimacteric properties, respectively. In the wild type, the climacteric respiratory burst observed in vitro depended totally on an increse in the cytochrome pathway activity sustained by ATP synthesis, while the second respiratory rise during the ripening stage was linked to a strong increase in AOX activity accompanied by an overexpression of AOX protein. In wild type mitochondria, the 10-microM linoleic acid-stimulated UCP-activity-dependent respiration remained constant during the whole fruit development except in senescence where general respiratory decay was observed. [less ▲]

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See detailKinetics of light emission and oxygen consumption by bioluminescent bacteria.
Bourgeois, J. J.; Sluse, Francis ULg; Baguet, F. et al

in Journal of Bioenergetics & Biomembranes (2001), 33

Oxygen plays a key role in bacterial bioluminescence. The simultaneous and continuous kinetics of oxygen consumption and light emission during a complete exhaustion of the exogenous oxygen present in a ... [more ▼]

Oxygen plays a key role in bacterial bioluminescence. The simultaneous and continuous kinetics of oxygen consumption and light emission during a complete exhaustion of the exogenous oxygen present in a closed system has been investigated. The kinetics are performed with Vibrio fischeri, V. harveyi, and Photobacterium phosphoreum incubated on respiratory substrates chosen for their different reducing power. The general patterns of the luminescence time courses are different among species but not among substrates. During steady-state conditions, substrates, which are less reduced than glycerol, have, paradoxally, a better luminescence efficiency. Oxygen consumption by luciferase has been evaluated to be approximately 17% of the total respiration. Luciferase is a regulatory enzyme presenting a positive cooperative effect with oxygen and its affinity for this final electron acceptor is about 4-5 times higher than the one of cytochrome oxidase. The apparent Michaelis constant for luciferase has been evaluated to be in the range of 20 to 65 nM O2. When O2 concentrations are as low as 10 nM, luminescence can still be detected; this means that above this concentration, strict anaerobiosis does not exist. By n-butyl malonate titration, it was clearly shown that electrons enter the luciferase pathway only when the cytochrome pathway is saturated. It is suggested that, in bioluminescent bacteria, luciferase acts as a free-energy dissipating valve when anabolic processes (biomass production) are impaired. [less ▲]

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See detailSubunit 8 of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae cytochrome bc1 complex interacts with succinate-ubiquinone reductase complex.
Bruel, C.; Brasseur, Robert ULg; Trumpower, B. L.

in Journal of Bioenergetics & Biomembranes (1996), 28(1), 59-68

We have investigated the function of subunit 8 of the cytochrome bc1 complex by generating six site-directed mutants, F46C, R51S, P62V, G64A, R91N, and W69-stop, in the cloned QCR8 gene and expressing the ... [more ▼]

We have investigated the function of subunit 8 of the cytochrome bc1 complex by generating six site-directed mutants, F46C, R51S, P62V, G64A, R91N, and W69-stop, in the cloned QCR8 gene and expressing the mutated genes in a Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain in which the chromosomal copy of QCR8 is deleted. The W69-stop mutation impairs assembly of the bc1 complex and growth of yeast on nonfermentable carbon sources as does deletion of QCR8 [Maarse, A. C., De Haan, M., Schoppink, P. J., Berden J. A., and Grivell, L. A. (1988) Eur. J. Biochem. 172, 179-184], implying that the C-terminus of subunit 8 is important for assembly and/or the stability of the bc1 complex. The F46C, R51S, P62V, G64A, and R91N mutations do not affect the growth of yeast on nonfermentable carbon sources, not do they lower the activity or alter the inhibitor sensitivity of the bc1 complex. Rather, some of the mutations increase the cytochrome C reductase activity of the bc1 complex by as much as 40%. However, succinate-ubiquinone reductase activity was consistently reduced 40-60% in mitochondrial membranes from these mutants, while NADH-ubiquinone reductase activity was not affected. In addition, the activation of succinate-ubiquinone reductase activity by succinate was diminished by the F46C, R51S, P62V, and G64A mutations. These results indicate that the cytochrome bc1 complex participates in electron transfer from succinate to ubiquinone in situ and also suggest an interaction between succinate-ubiquinone reductase and cytochrome bc1 complex which involves subunit 8 of the bc1 complex. [less ▲]

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