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See detailSubcellular origin of mitochondrial DNA deletions in human skeletal muscle.
Vincent, Amy E; Rosa, Hannah S; Pabis, Kamil et al

in Annals of Neurology (2018), 84(2), 289-301

OBJECTIVE: In patients with mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) maintenance disorders and with aging, mtDNA deletions sporadically form and clonally expand within individual muscle fibers, causing respiratory chain ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: In patients with mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) maintenance disorders and with aging, mtDNA deletions sporadically form and clonally expand within individual muscle fibers, causing respiratory chain deficiency. This study aimed to identify the sub-cellular origin and potential mechanisms underlying this process. METHODS: Serial skeletal muscle cryosections from patients with multiple mtDNA deletions were subjected to subcellular immunofluorescent, histochemical, and genetic analysis. RESULTS: We report respiratory chain-deficient perinuclear foci containing mtDNA deletions, which show local elevations of both mitochondrial mass and mtDNA copy number. These subcellular foci of respiratory chain deficiency are associated with a local increase in mitochondrial biogenesis and unfolded protein response signaling pathways. We also find that the commonly reported segmental pattern of mitochondrial deficiency is consistent with the three-dimensional organization of the human skeletal muscle mitochondrial network. INTERPRETATION: We propose that mtDNA deletions first exceed the biochemical threshold causing biochemical deficiency in focal regions adjacent to the myonuclei, and induce mitochondrial biogenesis before spreading across the muscle fiber. These subcellular resolution data provide new insights into the possible origin of mitochondrial respiratory chain deficiency in mitochondrial myopathy. [less ▲]

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See detailMitochondrial DNA depletion in respiratory chain-deficient Parkinson disease neurons.
Grünewald, Anne UL; Rygiel, Karolina A.; Hepplewhite, Philippa D. et al

in Annals of Neurology (2016), 79(3), 366-378

OBJECTIVE: To determine the extent of respiratory chain abnormalities and investigate the contribution of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) to the loss of respiratory chain complexes (CI-IV) in the substantia ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To determine the extent of respiratory chain abnormalities and investigate the contribution of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) to the loss of respiratory chain complexes (CI-IV) in the substantia nigra (SN) of idiopathic Parkinson disease (IPD) patients at the single-neuron level. METHODS: Multiple-label immunofluorescence was applied to postmortem sections of 10 IPD patients and 10 controls to quantify the abundance of CI-IV subunits (NDUFB8 or NDUFA13, SDHA, UQCRC2 and COXI), and mitochondrial transcription factors (TFAM and TFB2M) relative to mitochondrial mass (Porin and GRP75) in dopaminergic neurons. To assess the involvement of mtDNA in respiratory chain deficiency in IPD, SN neurons, isolated with laser-capture microdissection, were assayed for mtDNA deletions, copy number and presence of transcription/replication-associated 7S DNA employing a triplex real-time PCR assay. RESULTS: While mitochondrial mass was unchanged in single SN neurons from IPD patients, we observed a significant reduction in the abundances of CI and II subunits. At single-cell level, CI and II deficiencies were correlated in patients. The CI deficit concomitantly occurred with low abundances of the mtDNA transcription factors TFAM and TFB2M, which also initiate transcription-primed mtDNA replication. Consistent with this, real-time PCR analysis revealed fewer transcription/replication-associated mtDNA molecules and an overall reduction in mtDNA copy number in patients. This effect was more pronounced in single IPD neurons with severe complex I deficiency. INTERPRETATION: Respiratory chain dysfunction in IPD neurons not only involves CI, but also extends to CII. These deficiencies are possibly a consequence of the interplay between nDNA and mtDNA-encoded factors mechanistically connected via TFAM. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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