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See detailMitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation injuries occurring in situ and in vitro.
Willet, K.; Vaz de Macedo, D.; DETRY, Olivier ULg et al

in Transplantation Proceedings (1995), 27

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See detailThe mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation proteome of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii deduced from the genome sequencing project
Cardol, Pierre ULg; Gonzalez-Halphen, Diego; Reyes-Prieto, Adrian et al

in Plant Physiology (2005), 137(2), 447-459

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See detailMitochondrial phylogeography of the edible dormouse (Glis glis) in the western Palearctic region
Hurner, Helene; Krystufek, Boris; Sara, Maurizio et al

in Journal of Mammalogy (2010), 91(1), 233-242

This study describes in detail the phylogeoraphic pattern Of the edible dormouse (Glis glis) a European rodent With pronounced hibernating behavior We Used sequences of 831 base pairs of the mitochondrial ... [more ▼]

This study describes in detail the phylogeoraphic pattern Of the edible dormouse (Glis glis) a European rodent With pronounced hibernating behavior We Used sequences of 831 base pairs of the mitochondrial DNA cytochrome-b gene from 130 edible dormice collected at 43 localities (throughout Its distribution. Our results reveal presence of 3 main haplogroups: Sicilian, South Italian (restricted to the Calabrian region) (a widespread lineage corresponding to all remaining western, central. and eastern European populations). Examination of paleontological data confirms refugial regions for G,Its in the 3 Mediterranean peninsulas, although overall low genetic diversity is found. The low diversity of the European lineage Is probably the result refugium. Other factors, such as the of a recent expansion (dated around 2.000( years ago) from a single ecological constraints oil the species, way have caused genetic bottlenecks that reinforced the low genetic variability of G glis. This work could have important implications for strategies to conserve the edible dormouse by defining important areas for their conservation DOI: 10.1644/08-MAMM-A-392R1.1 [less ▲]

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See detailMitochondrial phylogeography of the Woodmouse (Apodemus sylvaticus) in the Western Palearctic region.
Michaux, Johan ULg; Magnanou, E.; Paradis, E. et al

in Molecular Ecology (2003), 12(3), 685-97

We sequenced 965 base pairs of the mitochondrial DNA cytochrome b from 102 woodmice (Apodemus sylvaticus) collected from 40 European localities. The aims of the study were to answer the following ... [more ▼]

We sequenced 965 base pairs of the mitochondrial DNA cytochrome b from 102 woodmice (Apodemus sylvaticus) collected from 40 European localities. The aims of the study were to answer the following questions. (i) Did the Mediterranean peninsulas play a role as refuge for woodmice? (ii) Is genetic variability of A. sylvaticus higher in the Mediterranean region compared with northern Europe? (iii) Are the patterns of the postglacial colonization of Europe by woodmice similar to those presently recognized for other European species? The results provide a clear picture of the impact of the Quaternary glaciations on the genetic and geographical structure of the woodmouse. Our analyses indicate a higher genetic variability of woodmice in the Mediterranean peninsulas compared to northern Europe, suggesting a role of the former as refuge regions for this small mammal. An original pattern of postglacial colonization is proposed where the Iberian and southern France refuge populations colonized almost all European regions. The Sicilian population appears to be very differentiated and highly variable. This emphasizes the importance of this island as a 'hot spot' for the intraspecific genetic diversity of the woodmouse. Finally, woodmice in North Africa originated from southwestern Europe, most probably as a result of a recent anthropogenic introduction. [less ▲]

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See detailMitochondrial Physiology Network: Mitochondrial respiration in permeabilized muscle fibers: needle biopsy from horse skeletal muscle
Lemieux, Hélène; Votion, Dominique ULg; Gnaiger, Erich

in Gnaiger, Erich (Ed.) MipNet Publications (2007)

1 Introduction ..........................................................1 2 The Protocol: Respiratory States .............................2 2.1 The O2k demo experiment ... [more ▼]

1 Introduction ..........................................................1 2 The Protocol: Respiratory States .............................2 2.1 The O2k demo experiment ...................................2 2.2 Preparation of permeabilized fibres .......................3 2.3 The experimental protocol ....................................3 3 References ............................................................4 [less ▲]

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See detailMitochondrial Proteomics of a Secondary Green Alga
Perez, Emilie ULg; Degand, Hervé; Morsomme, Pierre et al

Poster (2012, June)

Euglena gracilis is an alga that derives from a secondary endosymbiosis with a green alga. Our general objective is to study the interactions established between the chloroplast and the mitochondrion ... [more ▼]

Euglena gracilis is an alga that derives from a secondary endosymbiosis with a green alga. Our general objective is to study the interactions established between the chloroplast and the mitochondrion during the endosymbiosic event and to determine the phylogenetic origin of the genes encoding the proteins involved in these interactions. As a first step, we performed a high-throughput analysis of the mitochondrial proteome of Euglena gracilis. Our MS/MS experiments mostly recover mitochondrial proteins representing 15 mitochondrial pathways, which indicates that our mitochondrial extracts are relatively pure, but the phylogenetic origins of the corresponding genes are surprisingly diverse. [less ▲]

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See detailMitochondrial respiratory capacity in skeletal muscle from top-level equine athletes
Votion, Dominique ULg

in FEBS Workshop: the many functions of the organism in our cells (2010, October 27)

We have recently introduced the muscle microbiopsy technique to study oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) capacity in horses by high-resolution respirometry (HRR). Mitochondrial respiration is measured in ... [more ▼]

We have recently introduced the muscle microbiopsy technique to study oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) capacity in horses by high-resolution respirometry (HRR). Mitochondrial respiration is measured in the course of specially designed multiple substrate-uncoupler-inhibitor titration (SUIT) protocols. This new technique is proposed for routine monitoring of horses in training as an aid to improve training program and hopefully to reduce exercise-induced muscle injury. [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 detailThe mitochondrial respiratory chain of the secondary green alga Euglena gracilis shares many additional subunits with parasitic Trypanosomatidae.
Perez, Emilie ULg; Lapaille, Marie; Degand, Herve et al

in Mitochondrion (2014)

The mitochondrion is an essential organelle for the production of cellular ATP in most eukaryotic cells. It is extensively studied, including in parasitic organisms such as trypanosomes, as a potential ... [more ▼]

The mitochondrion is an essential organelle for the production of cellular ATP in most eukaryotic cells. It is extensively studied, including in parasitic organisms such as trypanosomes, as a potential therapeutic target. Recently, numerous additional subunits of the respiratory-chain complexes have been described in Trypanosoma brucei and Trypanosoma cruzi. Since these subunits had apparently no counterparts in other organisms, they were interpreted as potentially associated with the parasitic trypanosome lifestyle. Here we used two complementary approaches to characterise the subunit composition of respiratory complexes in Euglena gracilis, a non-parasitic secondary green alga related to trypanosomes. First, we developed a phylogenetic pipeline aimed at mining sequence databases for identifying homologs to known respiratory-complex subunits with high confidence. Second, we used MS/MS proteomics after two-dimensional separation of the respiratory complexes by Blue Native- and SDS-PAGE to both confirm in silico predictions and to identify further additional subunits. Altogether, we identified 41 subunits that are restricted to E. gracilis, T. brucei and T. cruzi, along with 48 classical subunits described in other eukaryotes (i.e. plants, mammals and fungi). This moreover demonstrates that at least half of the subunits recently reported in T. brucei and T. cruzi are actually not specific to Trypanosomatidae, but extend at least to other Euglenozoa, and that their origin and function are thus not specifically associated with the parasitic lifestyle. Furthermore, preliminary biochemical analyses suggest that some of these additional subunits underlie the peculiarities of the respiratory chain observed in Euglenozoa. [less ▲]

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See detailMitochondrial transformation and in vitro DNA delivery
Remacle, Claire ULg; Hamel, Patrice; Larosa, Véronique ULg et al

in Bock, R; Knoop, V (Eds.) Genomics of Chloroplasts and Mitochondria (2012)

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See detailMitochondrial Translation in Green Algae and Higher Plants
Salinas, Thalia; Remacle, Claire ULg; Maréchal-Drouard, Laurence

in Duchêne, A-M (Ed.) Translation in mitochondria and other organelles (2013)

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See detailMitochondrial UCPs: New insights into regulation and impact
Sluse, Francis ULg; Jarmuszkiewicz, Wieslawa; Navet, Rachel ULg et al

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta-Bioenergetics (2006), 1757(5-6, Suppl 1), 101

Uncoupling proteins (UCPs) are mitochondrial inner membrane proteins sustaining an inducible proton conductance. They weaken the proton electrochemical gradient built up by the mitochondrial respiratory ... [more ▼]

Uncoupling proteins (UCPs) are mitochondrial inner membrane proteins sustaining an inducible proton conductance. They weaken the proton electrochemical gradient built up by the mitochondrial respiratory chain. Brown fat UCP1 sustains a free fatty acid (FA)-induced purine nucleotide (PN)-inhibited proton conductance. Inhibition of the proton conductance by PN has been considered as a diagnostic of UCP activity. However, conflicting results have been obtained in isolated mitochondria for UCP homologues (i.e., UCP2, UCP3, plant UCP, and protist UCP) where the FFA-activated proton conductance is poorly sensitive to PN under resting respiration conditions. Our recent work clearly indicates that the membranous coenzyme Q, through its redox state, represents a regulator of the inhibition by PN of FFA-activated UCP1 homologues under phosphorylating respiration conditions. Several physiological roles of UCPs have been suggested, including a control of the cellular energy balance as well as the preventive action against oxidative stress. In this paper, we discuss new information emerging from comparative proteomics about the impact of UCPs on mitochondrial physiology, when recombinant UCP1 is expressed in yeast and when UCP2 is over-expressed in hepatic mitochondria during steatosis [less ▲]

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See detailMitochondrial uncoupling proteins: new insights from functional and proteomic studies.
Douette, P.; Sluse, Francis ULg

in Free Radical Biology & Medicine (2006), 40

Mitochondria are the major sites of ATP synthesis through oxidative phosphorylation, a process that is weakened by proton leak. Uncoupling proteins are mitochondrial membrane proteins specialized in ... [more ▼]

Mitochondria are the major sites of ATP synthesis through oxidative phosphorylation, a process that is weakened by proton leak. Uncoupling proteins are mitochondrial membrane proteins specialized in inducible proton conductance. They dissipate the proton electrochemical gradient established by the respiratory chain at the expense of reducing substrates. Several physiological roles have been suggested for uncoupling proteins, including roles in the control of the cellular energy balance and in preventive action against oxidative stress. This review focuses on new leads emerging from comparative proteomics about the involvement of uncoupling protein in the mitochondrial physiology. A brief overview on uncoupling proteins and on proteomics applied to mitochondria is also presented herein. [less ▲]

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See detailMitochondrion plasticity evidenced by coupled comparisons of mitochondrial and cellular proteomes
Mathy, Grégory ULg

Poster (2007, May 16)

Mitochondria are key organelles in primary metabolism: they are the main source of energy production and the starting point of important biosynthetic pathways. Thus the control of the mitochondrial ... [more ▼]

Mitochondria are key organelles in primary metabolism: they are the main source of energy production and the starting point of important biosynthetic pathways. Thus the control of the mitochondrial function is a prerequisite for cellular survival in front of a wide spectrum of exogenous or endogenous stresses. By using the SILAC method, we have investigated the yeast mitochondrial and cellular proteome adaptation to the heterologous expression of a mitochondrial alternative oxidase (AOX). AOX is an energy dissipating enzyme that catalyses the re-oxidation of ubiquinol within the respiratory chain and compete with the Cytochrome pathway for electrons and thus, prevents proton pumping, and consequently leads to a decrease in ATP synthesis. [less ▲]

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See detailMitochondrion- and endoplasmic reticulum-induced SK channel dysregulation as a potential origin of the selective neurodegeneration in Parkinson’s disease
Drion, Guillaume ULg; Sepulchre, Rodolphe ULg; Seutin, Vincent ULg

in Wellstead, Peter; Cloutier, Mathieu (Eds.) The Systems Biology of Parkinson's Disease (2012)

Mitochondrial dysfunction and metabolic issues are known to have strong implications in the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease (PD). But it is also known that the neuronal loss leading to PD symptoms is ... [more ▼]

Mitochondrial dysfunction and metabolic issues are known to have strong implications in the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease (PD). But it is also known that the neuronal loss leading to PD symptoms is selective for particular areas of the brain. In particular, the characteristic motor symptoms of PD are mainly due to abnormal neuronal activity in the basal ganglia, through the degeneration of substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc), but not ventral tegmental area (VTA), dopaminergic (DA) neurons. How a metabolic dysfunction triggers such a selective loss is considered from a range of perspectives in several contributions to this volume. The aim of this chapter is to investigate the potential role of small conductance calcium-activated potassium (SK) channels in this selective degeneration. Based on a recently proposed model and experimental data, we underline the fundamental role of SK channels in regulating the excitability of SNc DA neurons. The fact that SK channels do not play this regulating role in VTA DA neurons suggests the hypothesis that one reason for the preferential vulnerability of SNc DA neurons in Parkinson’s disease is that SK channels, which have a profound influence on their firing physiologically, are dysregulated by a dysfunction of mitochondria and/or endoplasmic reticulum. [less ▲]

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See detailMitogen-Activated Lymphocytes: A Good Model for Characterising Lung Cyp1a1 Inducibility
Lambert, Vincent ULg; Todaro, Anna ULg; Kremers, Pierre ULg et al

in European Journal of Epidemiology (1997), 13(2), 177-83

The CYP1A1 hyperinducibility phenotype occurring in some 10% of the human population corresponds to a higher risk of developing lung cancer. This study was undertaken to assess whether the inducibility ... [more ▼]

The CYP1A1 hyperinducibility phenotype occurring in some 10% of the human population corresponds to a higher risk of developing lung cancer. This study was undertaken to assess whether the inducibility factor, generally evaluated on mitogen-activated lymphocytes after PAH induction, represents correctly the lung situation. Optimal experimental conditions were determined for evaluating, on both lymphocytes and lung tissue explants, the inducibility factor, defined as the ratio of EROD activity (CYP1A1-specific) to cytochrome c reductase activity (unaffected by PAH induction). Paired results for lymphocytes and lung tissue samples from 10 lung cancer patients were compared. A good correlation was observed between lymphocyte and lung tissue inducibilities (R = 0.809; p = 0.005). In conclusion, mitogen-activated lymphocyte inducibility is indicative of lung tissue inducibility and constitutes a good marker for evaluating individual PAH inducibilities. [less ▲]

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See detailMitoproteome plasticity of rat brown adipocytes in response to cold acclimation
Navet, Rachel ULg; Mathy, Grégory ULg; Douette, Pierre ULg et al

in Journal of Proteome Research (2007), 6(1), 25-33

Cold acclimation induces an adaptative increase in respiration in brown adipose tissue (BAT). A comparative analysis by two-dimensional differential in-gel electrophoresis of mitochondrial protein ... [more ▼]

Cold acclimation induces an adaptative increase in respiration in brown adipose tissue (BAT). A comparative analysis by two-dimensional differential in-gel electrophoresis of mitochondrial protein patterns found in rat control and cold-acclimated BAT was performed. A total of 58 proteins exhibiting significant differences in their abundance was unambiguously identified. Proteins implicated in the major catabolic pathways were up-regulated as were ATP synthase and mitofilin. Moreover, these results support the fact that adipocytes can balance their ATP synthesis and their heat production linked to UCP1-sustained uncoupling. [less ▲]

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