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Muscular dystrophy has deficient stem cell dystrophin

Larry H. Bernstein, MD, FCAP, Curator

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Dystrophin Deficient Stem Cell Pathology

 

Muscular Dystrophy is a Stem Cell-Based Disease

Because DMD results from mutations in the dystrophin gene, the vast majority of muscular dystrophy research was based on a simple model in which the Dystrophin protein played a structural role in the structural integrity of muscle fibers. Abnormal versions of the Dystrophin protein caused the muscle fibers to become damaged and die as a result of contraction.  Dystrophin anchors the cytoskeleton of the muscle fibers, which are essential for muscle contraction, to the muscle cell membrane, and then to the extracellular matrix outside the cell that serves as a foundation upon which the muscle cells are built.

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However in this current study, Rudnicki and his team discovered that muscle stem cells also express the dystrophin protein. This is a revelation because Dystrophin was thought to be protein that ONLY appeared in mature muscle. However, in this study, it became exceedingly clear that in the absence of Dystrophin, muscle stem cells generated ten-fold fewer muscle precursor cells, and, consequently, far fewer functional muscle fibers. Dystrophin is also a component of a signal transduction pathway that allows muscle stem cells to properly ascertain if they need to replace dead or dying muscle.  Muscle stem cells repair the muscle in response to injury or exercise by dividing to generate precursor cells that differentiate into muscle fibers.

Even though Rudnicki used mice as a model system in these experiments, the Dystrophin protein is highly conserved in most vertebrate animals. Therefore, it is highly likely that these results will also apply to human muscle stem cells.

Gene therapy experiments and trials are in progress and even show some promise, but Rudnicki’s work tells us that gene therapy approaches must target muscle stem cells as well as muscle fibers if they are to work properly.

“We’re already looking at approaches to correct this problem in muscle stem cells,” said Dr. Rudnicki.

This paper has received high praise from the likes of Ronald Worton, who was one of the co-discovers of the dystrophin gene with Louis Kunkel in 1987.

Early pathogenesis of Duchenne muscular dystrophy modelled in patient-derived human induced pluripotent stem cells

Emi Shoji, Hidetoshi Sakurai, Tokiko Nishino, Tatsutoshi Nakahata, Toshio Heike, Tomonari Awaya, Nobuharu Fujii, Yasuko Manabe, Masafumi Matsuo & Atsuko Sehara-Fujisawa

Scientific Reports 5, Article number: 12831 (2015)   http://dx.doi.org:/10.1038/srep12831

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a progressive and fatal muscle degenerating disease caused by a dystrophin deficiency. Effective suppression of the primary pathology observed in DMD is critical for treatment. Patient-derived human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) are a promising tool for drug discovery. Here, we report an in vitro evaluation system for a DMD therapy using hiPSCs that recapitulate the primary pathology and can be used for DMD drug screening. Skeletal myotubes generated from hiPSCs are intact, which allows them to be used to model the initial pathology of DMD in vitro. Induced control and DMD myotubes were morphologically and physiologically comparable. However, electric stimulation of these myotubes for in vitro contraction caused pronounced calcium ion (Ca2+) influx only in DMD myocytes. Restoration of dystrophin by the exon-skipping technique suppressed this Ca2+ overflow and reduced the secretion of creatine kinase (CK) in DMD myotubes. These results suggest that the early pathogenesis of DMD can be effectively modelled in skeletal myotubes induced from patient-derived iPSCs, thereby enabling the development and evaluation of novel drugs.

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is characterised by progressive muscle atrophy and weakness that eventually leads to ambulatory and respiratory deficiency from early childhood1. It is an X-linked recessive inherited disease with a relatively high frequency of 1 in 3500 males1,2.DMD, which is responsible for DMD, encodes 79 exons and produces dystrophin, which is one of the largest known cytoskeletal structural proteins3. Most DMD patients have various types of deletions or mutations in DMD that create premature terminations, resulting in a loss of protein expression4. Several promising approaches could be used to treat this devastating disease, such as mutation-specific drug exon-skipping5,6, cell therapy7, and gene therapy1,2.

Myoblasts from patients are the most common cell sources for assessing the disease phenotypes of DMD11,12. …Previous reports have shown that muscle cell differentiation from DMD patient myoblasts is delayed and that these cells have poor proliferation capacity compared to those of healthy individuals11,12. Our study revealed that control and DMD myoblasts obtained by activating tetracycline-dependent MyoD transfected into iPS cells (iPStet-MyoD cells) have comparable growth and differentiation potential and can produce a large number of intact and homogeneous myotubes repeatedly.

The pathogenesis of DMD is initiated and progresses with muscle contraction. The degree of muscle cell damage at the early stage of DMD can be evaluated by measuring the leakage of creatine kinase (CK) into the extracellular space15. Excess calcium ion (Ca2+) influx into skeletal muscle cells, together with increased susceptibility to plasma membrane injury, is regarded as the initial trigger of muscle damage in DMD19,20,21,22,23,24. Targeting these early pathogenic events is considered essential for developing therapeutics for DMD.

In this study, we established a novel evaluation system to analyse the cellular basis of early DMD pathogenesis by comparing DMD myotubes with the same clone but with truncated dystrophin-expressing DMD myotubes, using the exon-skipping technique. We demonstrated through in vitro contraction that excessive Ca2+ influx is one of the earliest events to occur in intact dystrophin-deficient muscle leading to extracellular leakage of CK in DMD myotubes.

Generation of tetracycline-inducible MyoD-transfected DMD patient-derived iPSCs (iPStet-MyoD cells)

Figure 1: Generation and characterization of control and DMD patient-derived Tet-MyoD-transfected hiPS cells.   Full size image

Morphologically and physiologically comparable intact myotubes differentiated from control and DMD-derived hiPSCs

Figure 2: Morphologically and physiologically comparable skeletal muscle cells differentiated from Control-iPStet-MyoD and DMD-iPStet-MyoD.   Full size image

Exon-skipping with AO88 restored expression of Dystrophin in DMD myotubes differentiated from DMD-iPStet-MyoD cells

Figure 3: Restoration of dystrophin protein expression by AO88.   Full size image

Restored dystrophin expression attenuates Ca2+ overflow in DMD-Myocytes

Figure 4: Restored expression of dystrophin diminishes Ca2+ influx in DMD muscle in response to electric stimulation.   Full size image


Ca2+ influx provokes skeletal muscle cellular damage in DMD muscle

Figure 5: Ca2+ influx induces prominent skeletal muscle cellular damage in DMD-Myocytes.   Full size image

Skeletal muscle differentiation in myoblasts from DMD patients is generally delayed compared to that in healthy individuals11,36,37.  Our differentiation system successfully induced the formation of myotubes from DMD patients, and the myotubes displayed analogous morphology and maturity compared with control myotubes (Fig. 2a–c).  Comparing myotubes generated from patient-derived iPS cells with those derived from the same DMD clones but expressing dystrophin by application of the exon-skipping technique enabled us to demonstrate the primary cellular phenotypes in skeletal muscle solely resulting from the loss of the dystrophin protein (Fig. 4b).  Our results demonstrate that truncated but functional dystrophin protein expression improved the cellular phenotype of DMD myotubes.

In DMD, the lack of dystrophin induces an excess influx of Ca2+ , leading to pathological dystrophic changes22. We consistently observed excess Ca2+ influx in DMD-Myocytes compared to Control-Myocytes (Supplementary Figure S3a and S3b) in response to electric stimulation. TRP channels, which are mechanical stimuli-activated Ca2+ channels40that are expressed in skeletal muscle cells41, can account for this pathogenic Ca2+ influx…

In conclusion, our study revealed that the absence of dystrophin protein induces skeletal muscle damage by allowing excess Ca2+ influx in DMD myotubes. Our experimental system recapitulated the early phase of DMD pathology as demonstrated by visualisation and quantification of Ca2+ influx using intact myotubes differentiated from hiPS cells.  This evaluation system significantly expands prospective applications with regard to assessing the effectiveness of exon-skipping drugs and also enables the discovery of drugs that regulate the initial events in DMD.

Duchenne muscular dystrophy affects stem cells, University of Ottawa study finds  

New treatments could one day be available for the most common form of muscular dystrophy after a study suggests the debilitating genetic disease affects the stem cells that produce healthy muscle fibres.

The findings are based on research from the University of Ottawa and The Ottawa Hospital, published Monday in the journal Nature Medicine.

For nearly two decades, doctors had thought the muscular weakness that is the hallmark of the disease was due to problems with human muscle fibers, said Dr. Michael Rudnicki, the study’s senior author.

The new research shows the specific protein characterized by its absence in Duchenne muscular dystrophy normally exists in stem cells.

Dystrophin protein found in stem cells

“The prevailing notion was that the protein that’s missing in Duchenne muscular dystrophy — a protein called dystrophin — was not involved at all in the function of the stem cells.”

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When the genetic mutations caused by Duchenne muscular dystrophy inhibit the production of dystrophin in stem cells, those stem cells produce significantly fewer precursor cells — and thus fewer properly functioning muscle fibres.  Further, stem cells need dystrophin to sense their environment to figure out if they need to divide to produce more stem cells or perform muscle repair work.

Genetic repair might treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy

July 25, 2011|By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times

A genetic technique that allows the body to work around a crucial mutation that causes Duchenne muscular dystrophy increased the mass and function of muscles in a small group of patients with the devastating disease, paving the way for larger clinical trials of the drug. The study in a handful of boys age 5 to 15 showed that patients receiving the highest level of the drug, called AVI-4658 or eteplirsen, had a significant increase in production of a missing protein and increases in muscle fibers. The study demonstrated that the drug is safe in the short term. Results were reported Sunday in the journal Lancet.

Duchenne muscular dystrophy affects about one in every 3,500 males worldwide. It is caused by any one of several different mutations that affect production of a protein called dystrophin, which is important for the production and maintenance of muscle fibers. Affected patients become unable to walk and must use a wheelchair by age 8 to 12. Deterioration continues through their teens and 20s, and the condition typically proves fatal as muscle failure impairs their ability to breathe.

This study is designed to assess the efficacy, safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics (PK) of AVI-4658 (eteplirsen) in both 50.0 mg/kg and 30.0 mg/kg doses administered over 24 weeks in subjects diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

 

Condition Intervention Phase
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Drug: AVI-4658 (Eteplirsen)
Other: Placebo
Phase 2

 

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Multiple Dose Efficacy, Safety, Tolerability and Pharmacokinetics Study of AVI-4658(Eteplirsen),in the Treatment of Ambulant Subjects With Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
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Dystrophin expression in muscle stem cells regulates their polarity and asymmetric division

Nature Medicine(2015)   http://dx.doi.org:/10.1038/nm.3990

Dystrophin is expressed in differentiated myofibers, in which it is required for sarcolemmal integrity, and loss-of-function mutations in the gene that encodes it result in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a disease characterized by progressive and severe skeletal muscle degeneration. Here we found that dystrophin is also highly expressed in activated muscle stem cells (also known as satellite cells), in which it associates with the serine-threonine kinase Mark2 (also known as Par1b), an important regulator of cell polarity. In the absence of dystrophin, expression of Mark2 protein is downregulated, resulting in the inability to localize the cell polarity regulator Pard3 to the opposite side of the cell. Consequently, the number of asymmetric divisions is strikingly reduced in dystrophin-deficient satellite cells, which also display a loss of polarity, abnormal division patterns (including centrosome amplification), impaired mitotic spindle orientation and prolonged cell divisions. Altogether, these intrinsic defects strongly reduce the generation of myogenic progenitors that are needed for proper muscle regeneration. Therefore, we conclude that dystrophin has an essential role in the regulation of satellite cell polarity and asymmetric division. Our findings indicate that muscle wasting in DMD not only is caused by myofiber fragility, but also is exacerbated by impaired regeneration owing to intrinsic satellite cell dysfunction.

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Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Cardiac Disorders

Curator: Larry H Bernstein, MD, FACP

This article is the THIRD in a four-article Series covering the topic of the Roles of the Mitochondria in Cardiovascular Diseases. They include the following;

  • Mitochondria and Cardiovascular Disease: A Tribute to Richard Bing, Larry H Bernstein, MD, FACP

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2013/04/14/chapter-5-mitochondria-and-cardiovascular-disease/

  • Mitochondrial Metabolism and Cardiac Function, Larry H Bernstein, MD, FACP

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2013/04/14/mitochondrial-metabolism-and-cardiac-function/

  • Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Cardiac Disorders, Larry H Bernstein, MD, FACP

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2013/04/14/mitochondrial-dysfunction-and-cardiac-disorders/

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2013/04/14/reversal-of-cardiac-mitochondrial-dysfunction/

Mitochondrial Metabolism in Impaired Cardiac Function

Mitochondrial Dysfunction and the Heart

Chronically elevated plasma free fatty acid levels in heart failure are associated with
  • decreased metabolic efficiency and cellular insulin resistance.
The mitochondrial theory of aging (MTA) and the free-radical theory of aging (FRTA) are closely related.
They were in fact proposed by the same researcher about 20 years apart. MTA adds
  • the mitochondria and its production of free radicals
  • into the concept that free-radicals damage DNA over time.
Tissue hypoxia, resulting from low cardiac output with or independent of endothelial impairment,
This dysfunctional state causes loss of mitochondrial mass. Therapies aimed at protecting mitochondrial function
  • have shown promise in patients and animal models with heart failure that will be the subject of Chapter III.

Myocardial function in hypertension

Genetic variation in vitamin D-dependent signaling
  • is associated with congestive heart failure in human subjects with hypertension.
Functional polymorphisms were selected from five candidate genes:
  1. CYP27B1,
  2. CYP24A1,
  3. VDR,
  4. REN and
  5. ACE.
Using the Marshfield Clinic Personalized Medicine Research Project,
  • 205 subjects with hypertension and congestive heart failure,
  • 206 subjects with hypertension alone and
  • 206 controls (frequency matched by age and gender) were genotyped.
In the context of hypertension, a SNP in CYP27B1 was associated with congestive heart failure
(odds ratio: 2.14 for subjects homozygous for the C allele; 95% CI: 1.05–4.39).
Genetic variation in vitamin D biosynthesis is associated with increased risk of heart failure.
RA Wilke, RU Simpson, BN Mukesh, SV Bhupathi, et al. Genetic variation in CYP27B1 is associated

Heart Failure and Coronary Circulation

There is a decrease in resting and peak stress myocardial function in chronic heart failure patients,
  • with recovery of skeletal muscle phosphocreatine following exercise induced by perhexiline treatment.
This suggested that mitochondrial deficiencies, caused by excessive free fatty acids (FFAs)
  • underlie a common cardiac and skeletal muscle myopathy in heart failure patients.
Tissue hypoxia in chronic heart failure from inadequate circulation in heart failure
  • increases the oxidative stress in lean body mass and in the heart itself.
The heterodimeric transcription factor hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)-1
  • induces changes in the transcription of genes that encode proteins involved in the adaptation to hypoxia.
HIF-1 activity depends on levels of the HIF-1a subunit, which has a short half-life.
HIF-1a increases in rats with experimentally induced myocardial infarction together with elevated levels of
  • GLUT1 and haemoxygenase-1 in the peri-infarct region of the heart
The cardiac metabolic response to hypoxia is considered to be
  • a return to a pattern of fetal metabolism, in which
  • carbohydrates predominate as substrates for energy metabolism.
The reliance on carbohydrate energy source is thought to be a result of  the downregulation of PPARa with a decreased activity of
The sarcolemmal fatty acid transporter protein (FATP) levels are also decreased with palmitate oxidation,
  • transitioning away from fatty acid metabolism proportional to the degree of cardiac impairment.
The hypoxic changes of heart failure drives a switch toward
  1. glycolysis and glucose oxidation
  2. restriction of myocardial fatty acid uptake.
Nevertheless, late in the progression of heart failure, substrate metabolism is insufficient to support cardiac function, because
  • the hypoxic failing heart is no longer able to oxidize fats and may also be insulin resistant.
The author surmises that mitochondrial dysfunction caused by tissue hypoxia might be mediated by the
  • proapoptotic protein BCL2/adenovirus E1B 19kDa interacting protein (Bnip)3.
It  is strongly upregulated in response to hypoxia. In the isolated, perfused rat heart, Bnip3 expression was
  • induced after 1h of hypoxia, with Bnip3 integrating into the mitochondria of hypoxic ventricular myocytes.
This resulted in mitochondrial defects associated with
  1. opening of the permeability transition pore, leading to
  2. loss of inner membrane integrity and
  3. loss of mitochondrial mass.

Mitochondrial Dysfunction caused by Bnip3 Precedes Cell Death.

Experimentally induced myocardial ischemia had evidence of contractile dysfunction but preserved viability. A progressive
  • decline in circulating levels of endothelial progenitor cells was documented 3 months following instrumentation (P<0.001).
Quantitative polymerase chain reaction analysis revealed that
  • chronic myocardial ischemia produced a biphasic response in both
    • hypoxic-inducible factor 1 and
    • stromal-derived factor 1 mRNA expression.
While initially unregulated, a gradual decline was observed over time (from day 45 to 90), in
  • hypoxic-inducible factor 1 and
  • stromal-derived factor 1 mRNA expression .
On serial assessment, endothelial progenitor cell migration was progressively impaired in response to chemo-attractant gradients of:
  1. vascular endothelial growth factor (10-200 ng/mL)
  2. and stromal cell-derived factor-1 (10-100 ng/mL) .
Decreased circulating levels and migratory dysfunction of bone marrow derived endothelial progenitor cells
  • were documented in a reproducible clinically relevant model of myocardial ischemia.

Nitric Oxide (NO) in Myocardial Ischemia and Infarct

Nitric oxide (NO) is a free radical with an unpaired electron; it is an important physiologic messenger,
  • produced by nitric oxide synthases, which catalyze the reaction l-arginine to citrulline and NO.
The constitutive isoforms exists in neuronal and endothelial cells and is calcium dependent. Calcium binds to calmodulin and
  1. the calcium calmodulin complex activates the constitutive NO synthase that releases NO,
  2. relaxing smooth muscle cells through activation of guanylate cyclase and the production cGMP.
Therefore, the NO produced has a negative inotropic effect on the heart and is instrumental in the autoregulation of the coronary circulation.
The inducible form of NO synthase (iNOS), mostly produced in macrophages, is activated by cytokines and endotoxin. It eliminates intracellular pathogens,
damaging cells by inhibiting
  1. ATP production
  2. oxidative phosphorylation
  3. DNA synthesis.
In infection, lipopolysaccharide released from bacterial walls, stimulates production of iNOS. The large amount of NO produced
  • causes extensive vasodilation and hypotension.
We sought to assess whether oxidation products of
  • nitric oxide (NO), nitrite (NO2−) and nitrate (NO3−), referred to as NOx,
  • are released by the heart of patients after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and
  • whether NOx can be determined in peripheral blood of these patients.
Previously we reported that in experimental myocardial infarction (rabbits) NOx is released mainly by inflammatory cells
  • (macrophages) in the myocardium 3 days after onset of  ischemia.
NOx is formed in heart muscle from NO; It originates through the activity of the inducible form of nitric oxide synthase (iNOS).
Eight patients with acute anterior MI and an equal number of controls were studied. Coronary venous blood was obtained by
coronary sinus catheterization; NOx concentrations in coronary sinus, in arterial and peripheral venous plasma were measured.
Left ventricular end-diastolic pressure was determined. Measurements were carried out 24, 48 and 72 h after onset of symptoms.
The type and location of coronary arterial lesions were determined by coronary angiography. Plasma NO3− was reduced to NO2−
by nitrate reductase before determination of NO2− concentration by chemiluminescence.
The results provided evidence that in patients with acute anterior MI, the myocardial production of nitrite and nitrate (NOx) was increased,
  • as well as the coronary arterial–venous difference.
Increased NOx production by the infarcted heart accounted for the increase of NOx concentration in arterial and the peripheral venous plasma.
The peak elevation of NOx occurred on days 2 and 3 after onset of the symptoms, suggesting that NOx production was at least in part the result of
  • production of NO by inflammatory cells (macrophages) in the heart.
The appearance of oxidative products of NO (NO2− and NO3−) in peripheral blood of patients with acute MI is
  • the result of their increased release from infarcted heart during the inflammatory phase of myocardial ischemia.
Further studies are needed to define the clinical value of these observations.
K Akiyama,  A Kimura, H Suzuki, Y Takeyama, …. R Bing.  Production of oxidative products of nitric oxide in infarcted human heart.  J Am Coll Cardiol. 1998;32(2):373-379.   http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0735-1097(98)00270-8
OPA1 Mutation and Late-Onset Cardiomyopathy
No cardiac disorders have been described in patients with OPA1 or similar mutations
  • involving the fission/fusion genes as seen in inherited maladies like Charcot–Marie–Tooth disease.
Our results indicate that, at least for OPA1, cardiac abnormalities are not completely
  • manifest until the development of blindness.

The OPA1-mutant mice survived more than 1 year and appeared healthy.

In patients with these diseases, reduced cardiac function may go undetected
secondary to reduced physical activity secondary to loss of vision.
It would be expected that patients with such mutations would have impaired cardiac reserve with
  • reduced ability to respond to high-stress disease states such as myocardial infarction and sepsis.
The OPA1-mutant mice have reduced cardiac reserve, as shown by
  • the lack of response to isoproterenol or to ischemia/reperfusion injury,
This suggests that patients with OPA1 and related inherited mitochondrial diseases
  • should be screened for abnormalities of cardiac function.
Le Chen; T Liu; A Tran; Xiyuan Lu; …AA. Knowlton. OPA1 Mutation and Late-Onset Cardiomyopathy:
Mitochondrial Dysfunction and mtDNA Instability.  http://jaha.ahajournals.org/content/1/5/e003012.full

Oxidative Stress and Mitochondria in the Failing Heart

The major problem in tissue hypoxia in the failing heart is oxidative stress. Reactive oxygen species (ROS), including
  • superoxide,
  • hydroxyl radicals and
  • hydrogen peroxide,
are generated by a number of cellular processes, including
  • mitochondrial electron transport,
  • NADPH oxidase and
  • xanthine dehydrogenase/xanthine oxidase.
The low availability of oxygen, the final receptor of mitochondrial electron transport (ET), results in
  • electron accumulation in the ET chain as the complexes become highly reduced.
A number of experimental and clinical studies have suggested that ROS generation is
  • enhanced in heart failure because of electron leak, and complexes I and II
  • are implicated as the primary sites of this loss.
Prolonged oxidative stress in cardiac failure results in damage to mitochondrial DNA.
The continued ROS generation and consequent cellular injury leads to functional decline.
Thus, mitochondria are both the sources and targets of a cycle of ROS-mediated injury in the failing heart.
Mice with a cardiac/skeletal muscle specific deficiency in the scavenger enzyme superoxide dismutase
  • developed progressive congestive heart failure
  • with defects in mitochondrial respiration.
Oxidative stress in these mice also caused specific morphological changes in cardiac mitochondria
  • characterized by decreased ATP levels,
  • impaired contractility,
  • dramatically restricted exercise capacity and
  • decreased survival.
This was in part corrected by treatment with the antioxidant superoxide dismutase mimetic, namely
  • manganese5,10,15,20-tetrakis-(4-benzoic acid)-porphyrin.
EUK-8, a superoxide dismutase and catalase mimetic improved survival and contractile parameters in a mutant mouse model
  • of pressure overload-induced oxidative stress and heart failure and in wild-type mice subjected to pressure overload.
In addition, mitochondria show
  • functional impairment and
  • morphological disorganization
in the left ventricle of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)  patients without baseline systolic dysfunction.
These mitochondrial changes were associated with impaired myocardial contractile and relaxation reserves.
A strategy to protect the heart against oxidative stress could lie with
  • the modulation of mitochondrial electron transport itself.
Mild mitochondrial uncoupling may offer a potential cardioprotective effect by decreasing ROS production
  • preventing electron accumulation at complex III and
  • the Fe–S centres of complex I, and may therefore

mtDNA, Autophagy, and Heart Failure

Mitochondria are evolutionary endosymbionts derived from bacteria and contain DNA similar to bacterial DNA.
Mitochondria damaged by external haemodynamic stress are degraded by the autophagy/lysosome system in cardiomyocytes.
Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) that escapes from autophagy cell-autonomously leads to Toll-like receptor (TLR) 9-mediated
  • inflammatory responses in cardiomyocytes and
  • is capable of inducing myocarditis and dilated cardiomyopathy.
Cardiac-specific deletion of lysosomal deoxyribonuclease (DNase) II showed no cardiac phenotypes under baseline conditions,
but increased mortality and caused severe myocarditis and dilated cardiomyopathy 10 days after treatment with pressure overload.
Early in the pathogenesis, DNase II-deficient hearts showed
  • infiltration of inflammatory cells
  • increased messenger RNA expression of inflammatory cytokines
  • accumulation of mitochondrial DNA deposits in autolysosomes in the myocardium.
Administration of inhibitory oligodeoxynucleotides against TLR9, which is known to be activated by bacterial DNA6, or ablation of Tlr9
  • attenuated the development of cardiomyopathy in DNase II-deficient mice.
Furthermore, Tlr9 ablation
  • improved pressure overload-induced cardiac dysfunction and
  • inflammation even in mice with wild-type Dnase2a alleles.
These data provide new perspectives on the mechanism of genesis of chronic inflammation in failing hearts.
T Oka, S Hikoso, O Yamaguchi, M Taneike, T Takeda, T Tamai, et al.  Mitochondrial DNA that escapes from autophagy causes inflammation and heart failure.

Mitochondrial Dysfunction Increases Expression of Endothelin-1 and Induces Apoptosis

We developed an in vitro model of mitochondrial dysfunction using rotenone, a mitochondrial respiratory chain complex I inhibitor, and studied
  • preproendothelin-1 gene expression and apoptosis.
Rotenone greatly increased the gene expression of preproendothelin-1 in cardiomyocytes.
This result suggests that the gene expression of preproendothelin-1 is induced by the mitochondrial dysfunction.
Furthermore, treatment of cardiomyocytes with rotenone induced an elevation of caspase-3 activity, and caused a marked
  • increase in DNA laddering, an indication of apoptosis.
In conclusion, it is suggested that mitochondrial impairment in primary cultured cardiomyocytes induced by rotenone in vitro,
  • mimics some of the pathophysiological features of heart failure in vivo, and that ET-1 may have a role in myocardial dysfunction
    • with impairment of mitochondria in the failing heart.

Summary

This review focused on the evidence accumulated to the effect that mitochondria are key players in
  • the progression of congestive heart failure (CHF).
Mitochondria are the primary source of energy in the form of adenosine triphosphate that fuels the contractile apparatus,
  • essential for the mechanical activity and the Starling Effect of the heart.
We evaluate changes in mitochondrial morphology and alterations in the main components of mitochondrial energetics, such as
  • substrate utilization and
  • oxidative phosphorylation,
in the context of their contribution to the chronic energy deficit and mechanical dysfunction in HF.
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Other Related articles published on this Open Access Scientific Journal, include the following:

Perspectives on Nitric Oxide in Disease Mechanisms: The Nitric Oxide Discovery, Function, and Targeted Therapy  Opportunities, 2013, Aviral Vatsa, PhD and Larry H Bernstein, MD, FACP, Editors, Amazon e-Books (forthcoming). https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/biomed-e-books/perspectives-on-nitric-oxide-in-disease-mechanisms-v2/

Mitochondria: More than just the “powerhouse of the cell” Ritu Saxena, Ph.D. Consultants: Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD, RN and Pnina G. Abir-Am, PhD 7/9/2012

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2012/07/09/mitochondria-more-than-just-the-powerhouse-of-the-cell/

Mitochondrial dynamics and cardiovascular diseases, Ritu Saxena, PhD 11/14/2012
https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2012/11/14/mitochondrial-dynamics-and-cardiovascular-diseases/

Mitochondrial Damage and Repair under Oxidative Stress, Larry H Bernstein, MD, FACP 10/28/2012
https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2012/10/28/mitochondrial-damage-and-repair-under-oxidative-stress/

Mitochondria: Origin from oxygen free environment, role in aerobic glycolysis, metabolic adaptation, Larry H Bernstein, MD, FACP 9/26/2012

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2012/09/26/mitochondria-origin-from-oxygen-free-environment-role-in-aerobic-glycolysis-metabolic-adaptation/

Ca2+ signaling: transcriptional control, Larry H Bernstein, MD, FACP 3/6/2-13
https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2013/03/06/ca2-signaling-transcriptional-control/

MIT Scientists on Proteomics: All the Proteins in the Mitochondrial Matrix identified, Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD, RN 2/3/2013
https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2013/02/03/mit-scientists-on-proteomics-all-the-proteins-in-the-mitochondrial-matrix-identified/

Nitric Oxide has a ubiquitous role in the regulation of glycolysis -with a concomitant influence on mitochondrial function, Larry H Bernstein, MD, FACP 9/16/2012
https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2012/09/16/nitric-oxide-has-a-ubiquitous-role-in-the-regulation-of-glycolysis-with-a-concomitant-influence-on-mitochondrial-function/

Ubiquinin-Proteosome pathway, autophagy, the mitochondrion, proteolysis and cell apoptosis, Larry H Bernstein, MD, FACP 2/14/2013
https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2013/02/14/ubiquinin-proteosome-pathway-autophagy-the-mitochondrion-proteolysis-and-cell-apoptosis-reconsidered/

Low Bioavailability of Nitric Oxide due to Misbalance in Cell Free Hemoglobin in Sickle Cell Disease – A Computational Model   Anamika Sarkar, PhD 11/9/2012
https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2012/11/09/low-bioavailability-of-nitric-oxide-due-to-misbalance-in-cell-free-hemoglobin-in-sickle-cell-disease-a-computational-model/

The rationale and use of inhaled NO in Pulmonary Artery Hypertension and Right Sided Heart Failure, , Larry H Bernstein, MD, FACP 8/20/2012

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2012/08/20/the-rationale-and-use-of-inhaled-no-in-pulmonary-artery-hypertension-and-right-sided-heart-failure/

Clinical Trials Results for Endothelin System: Pathophysiological role in Chronic Heart Failure, Acute Coronary Syndromes and MI – Marker of Disease Severity or Genetic Determination? Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD, RN 10/19/2012

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2012/10/19/clinical-trials-results-for-endothelin-system-pathophysiological-role-in-chronic-heart-failure-acute-coronary-syndromes-and-mi-marker-of-disease-severity-or-genetic-determination/

Endothelin Receptors in Cardiovascular Diseases: The Role of eNOS Stimulation, Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD, RN 10/4/2012

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2012/10/04/endothelin-receptors-in-cardiovascular-diseases-the-role-of-enos-stimulation/

Inhibition of ET-1, ETA and ETA-ETB, Induction of NO production, stimulation of eNOS and Treatment Regime with PPAR-gamma agonists (TZD): cEPCs Endogenous Augmentation for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction – A Bibliography, Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD, RN 10/4/2012

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2012/10/04/inhibition-of-et-1-eta-and-eta-etb-induction-of-no-production-and-stimulation-of-enos-and-treatment-regime-with-ppar-gamma-agonists-tzd-cepcs-endogenous-augmentation-for-cardiovascular-risk-reduc/

Genomics & Genetics of Cardiovascular Disease Diagnoses: A Literature Survey of AHA’s Circulation Cardiovascular Genetics, 3/2010 – 3/2013, L H Bernstein, MD, FACP and Aviva Lev-Ari,PhD, RN  3/7/2013

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2013/03/07/genomics-genetics-of-cardiovascular-disease-diagnoses-a-literature-survey-of-ahas-circulation-cardiovascular-genetics-32010-32013/

Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) and the Role of agent alternatives in endothelial Nitric Oxide Synthase (eNOS) Activation and Nitric Oxide Production, Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD, RN 7/19/2012

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2012/07/19/cardiovascular-disease-cvd-and-the-role-of-agent-alternatives-in-endothelial-nitric-oxide-synthase-enos-activation-and-nitric-oxide-production/

Cardiovascular Risk Inflammatory Marker: Risk Assessment for Coronary Heart Disease and Ischemic Stroke – Atherosclerosis.

Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD, RN 10/30/2012

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2012/10/30/cardiovascular-risk-inflammatory-marker-risk-assessment-for-coronary-heart-disease-and-ischemic-stroke-atherosclerosis/

Cholesteryl Ester Transfer Protein (CETP) Inhibitor: Potential of Anacetrapib to treat Atherosclerosis and CAD, Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD, RN 4/7/2013

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2013/04/07/cholesteryl-ester-transfer-protein-cetp-inhibitor-potential-of-anacetrapib-to-treat-atherosclerosis-and-cad/

Hypertriglyceridemia concurrent Hyperlipidemia: Vertical Density Gradient Ultracentrifugation a Better Test to Prevent Undertreatment of High-Risk Cardiac Patients, Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD, RN  4/4/2013

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2013/04/04/hypertriglyceridemia-concurrent-hyperlipidemia-vertical-density-gradient-ultracentrifugation-a-better-test-to-prevent-undertreatment-of-high-risk-cardiac-patients/

Fight against Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease: A Biologics not a Small Molecule – Recombinant Human lecithin-cholesterol acyltransferase (rhLCAT) attracted AstraZeneca to acquire AlphaCore, Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD, RN 4/3/2013

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2013/04/03/fight-against-atherosclerotic-cardiovascular-disease-a-biologics-not-a-small-molecule-recombinant-human-lecithin-cholesterol-acyltransferase-rhlcat-attracted-astrazeneca-to-acquire-alphacore/

High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL): An Independent Predictor of Endothelial Function & Atherosclerosis, A Modulator, An Agonist, A Biomarker for Cardiovascular Risk, Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD, RN 3/31/2013

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2013/03/31/high-density-lipoprotein-hdl-an-independent-predictor-of-endothelial-function-artherosclerosis-a-modulator-an-agonist-a-biomarker-for-cardiovascular-risk/

Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR-gamma) Receptors Activation: PPARγ transrepression for Angiogenesis in Cardiovascular Disease and PPARγ transactivation for Treatment of Diabetes, Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD, RN 11/13/2012

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2012/11/13/peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-ppar-gamma-receptors-activation-pparγ-transrepression-for-angiogenesis-in-cardiovascular-disease-and-pparγ-transactivation-for-treatment-of-dia/

Sulfur-Deficiciency and Hyperhomocysteinemia, L H Bernstein, MD, FACP

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2013/04/04/sulfur-deficiency-and-hyperhomocusteinemia/

Mitochondrial metabolism and cardiac function, L H Bernstein, MD, FACP
Cardiotoxicity and Cardiomyopathy Related to Drugs Adverse Effects, L H Bernstein, MD, FACP
Lp(a) Gene Variant Association, L H Bernstein, MD, FACP

Predicting Drug Toxicity for Acute Cardiac Events, L H Bernstein, MD, FACP

Amyloidosis with Cardiomyopathy, L H Bernstein, MD, FACP

Mitochondria and Cardiovascular Disease: A Tribute to Richard Bing, Larry H Bernstein, MD, FACP

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2013/04/14/chapter-5-mitochondria-and-cardiovascular-disease/

Mitochondrial Metabolism and Cardiac Function, Larry H Bernstein, MD, FACP

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2013/04/14/mitochondrial-metabolism-and-cardiac-function/

Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Cardiac Disorders, Larry H Bernstein, MD, FACP

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2013/04/14/mitochondrial-dysfunction-and-cardiac-disorders/

Reversal of Cardiac mitochondrial dysfunction, Larry H Bernstein, MD, FACP

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2013/04/14/reversal-of-cardiac-mitochondrial-dysfunction/

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Reversal of Cardiac mitochondrial dysfunction

Curator: Larry H Bernstein, MD, FACP

This article is the FOURTH in a four-article Series covering the topic of the Roles of the Mitochondria in Cardiovascular Diseases. They include the following;

  • Mitochondria and Cardiovascular Disease: A Tribute to Richard Bing, Larry H Bernstein, MD, FACP

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2013/04/14/chapter-5-mitochondria-and-cardiovascular-disease/

  • Mitochondrial Metabolism and Cardiac Function, Larry H Bernstein, MD, FACP

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2013/04/14/mitochondrial-metabolism-and-cardiac-function/

  • Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Cardiac Disorders, Larry H Bernstein, MD, FACP

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2013/04/14/mitochondrial-dysfunction-and-cardiac-disorders/

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2013/04/14/reversal-of-cardiac-mitochondrial-dysfunction/

 

Mitochondrial metabolism and cardiac function

There is sufficient evidence to suggest that, even with optimal therapy, there is an

  • attenuation or loss of effectiveness of neurohormonal antagonism as heart failure worsens.

The production of oxygen radicals is increased in the failing heart, whereas

  • normal antioxidant enzyme activities are preserved.

Mitochondrial electron transport is an enzymatic source of oxygen radical generation and

  • can be a therapeutic target against oxidant-induced damage in the failing myocardium.

Therefore, future therapeutic targets

  • must address the cellular and molecular mechanisms that contribute to heart failure.

Furthermore, since  fundamental characteristics of the failing heart are 

  • defective mitochondrial energetics and
  • abnormal substrate metabolism

we might expect that substantial benefit may be derived from the development of therapies aimed at

  • preserving cardiac mitochondrial function and
  • optimizing substrate metabolism.

Nutrition and physiological function

Blockade of electron transport in isolated, perfused guinea pig hearts –
before ischaemia with the reversible complex I inhibitor amobarbital
  • decreased superoxide production and
  • preserved oxidative phosphorylation in cardiac mitochondria,
  • decreased myocardial damage.
But when ascorbic acid was administered orally to chronic heart failure patients, there were improvements
  • in endothelial function but
  • no improvement in skeletal muscle energy metabolism.
Angiotensin I-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors with trandolapril treatment  in models of heart failure
  • appear to preserve mitochondrial function
  • improving cardiac energy metabolism and
  • function in rats with chronic heart failure.
Similarly perindopril treatment   – in rat skeletal muscle after myocardial infarction -restored :
  • levels of the mitochondrial biogenesis transcription factors PPARg coactivator-1a and
  • nuclear respiratory factor-2a, and
  • prevented mitochondrial dysfunction
Tissue effects of ACE inhibition, such as
might activate intracellular signalling cascades that
  • stimulate mitochondrial biogenesis and
  • improve energy metabolism.
Clearly, the mechanisms of metabolic regulation by
  • existing cardioprotective agents require further investigation.

Substrate metabolism in the failing heart

Increased sympathetic drive in heart failure patients causes adipose tissue lipolysis, thus
  • elevating plasma FFA concentrations.
Myocardial FFA uptake rates are largely determined by circulating FFA concentrations.
In addition to being a major fuel in heart,
  • fatty acids are ligands for the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs),
    •  members of the nuclear hormone receptor (NHR) family.
One PPAR subtype, PPARa, is highly expressed in heart and skeletal muscle. PPARs regulate gene expression by
binding to response elements in the promoter region of target genes that control fatty acid metabolism, including
It has been known for many years that high plasma FFA concentrations are detrimental to the heart,
  • increasing oxygen consumption for any given workload.
Decreased myocardial oxygen efficiency could result, in part,
  • from the inherent stoichiometric inefficiency of fatty acid oxidation,
  • which accounts for the consumption of 12% more oxygen per ATP synthesized than glucose oxidation.

High levels of plasma FFAs have been associated with increased cardiac UCP3 levels in patients undergoing CABG(Fig) and

  • are believed to activate the uncoupling action of UCP3.

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Fig .  Metabolic modulation of the failing heart can be achieved by inhibiting mitochondrial beta-oxidation with trimetazidine, or
  • free fatty acid (FFA) uptake via the carnitine palmitoyltransferase (CPT) system with perhexiline,
    • giving rise to more oxygen-efficient glucose oxidation.
Alternatively, CPT is inhibited by malonyl-coenzyme A (CoA),
  • synthesized from cytosolic acetyl-CoA by acetyl-CoA  carboxylase.
Pharmacological inhibition, or mutation, of
  • malonyl-CoA decarboxylase, which normally converts malonyl-CoA back to acetyl-CoA,
  • elevates malonyl-CoA levels, inhibiting mitochondrial FFA uptake and thus protects the failing heart.

Nutritional Support for the Mitochondria

Human Studies                                       Animal or In Vitro Studies

Alpha lipoic acid                                                    Resveratrol
Co-Enzyme Q10                                                      EgCG
Acetyl-L-Carnitine                                                Curcumin

Lipoic Acid & Acetyl-L-Carnitine

Alpha lipoic acid is known to be a mitochondrial antioxidant that preserves or improves mitochondrial function.

  •  lipoic acid can prevent arterial calcification, and
  • arterial calcification may be related to mitochondrial dysfunction
  • methods are under study to increase lipoic acid synthase production, the enzyme responsible for making lipoic acid in the body.

Co-Enzyme Q10

It is well known that statin drugs taken for high cholesterol severely reduce CoQ10 levels, and causes other negative cardiovascular side effects.
A  study on CAD patients has shown that over 8 weeks of supplementing with 300mg of CoQ10 reversed

  • mitochondrial dysfunction (as measured by a reduced lactate:pyruvate ratio) and
  • improved endothelial function (as measured by increased flow-mediated dilation)

Other Mitochondrial Antioxidants

Other natural compounds that have been shown to have antioxidant effects in the mitochondria include

  • resveratrol, found in wine and grapes,
  • curcumin from turmeric and
  • EGCG, found abundantly in green tea extract.

But no studies have been conducted for these compounds in CVD.

Metabolic syndrome and serum carotenoids: findings of a cross-sectional study
in Queensland, Australia

Metabolic syndrome and serum carotenoids.

T Coyne, TI Ibiebele, PD Baade, CS McClintock and JE Shaw.
Viertel Center for Research in Cancer Control, Cancer Council Queensland, and School of Public Health,
Queensland University of Technology and University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
Several components of the metabolic syndrome are known to be oxidative stress-related conditions
  1. diabetes and
  2. cardiovascular disease,
Carotenoids are compounds derived primarily from plants and several have been shown to be potent antioxidant nutrients.
Both diabetes and cardiovascular disease are known to be oxidative stress-related conditions such that
  • antioxidant nutrients may play a protective role in these conditions.
Several cross–sectional surveys have found lower levels of serum carotenoids among those with impaired glucose metabolism or type 2 diabetes.
Carotenoids are compounds derived primarily from plants, several of which are known to be potent antioxidants.
Epidemiological evidence indicates that some serum carotenoids may play a protective role against the development of chronic diseases such as
  1. atherosclerosis,
  2. stroke,
  3. hypertension,
  4. certain cancers,
  5. inflammatory diseases and
  6. diabetic retinopathy.

The primary carotenoids found in human serum are

  1. α-carotene
  2. β-carotene
  3. β-cryptoxanthin
  4. lutein/zeaxanthin
  5. lycopene.
The aim of this study was to examine the associations between metabolic syndrome status and major serum carotenoids in adult Australians.
Data on the presence of the metabolic syndrome, based on International Diabetes Federation 2005 criteria, were collected from 1523 adults
aged 25 years and over in six randomly selected urban centers in Queensland, Australia, using a cross sectional study design.
The following were determined:
  1. Weight
  2. height
  3. BMI
  4. waist circumference
  5. blood pressure
  6. fasting and 2-34 hour blood glucose
  7. lipids
  8. five serum carotenoids.
Criteria used to assess the number of metabolic syndrome components present in a 171 participant using the
2005 International Diabetes Federation definition are as follows:
Components = 0 -none of the metabolic syndrome components (i.e. abdominal obesity, raised triglyceride,
reduced HDL-cholesterol, raised blood pressure, and impaired fasting plasma glucose) are present;
  1. Components = any 1 one of the five metabolic syndrome components is present ;
  2. Components = 2 – any two of the five components are present;
  3. Components = 3 any three of the components are present;
  4. Components = 4 – any four of the components are present;
  5. Components = 5 = all five metabolic syndrome components are present.
This study investigated the relationships between these five primary serum carotenoids and the metabolic syndrome
in a cross-sectional population-based study in Queensland, Australia.  Distributions of serum carotenoids were skewed
and therefore natural logarithmically transformed to better approximate the normal distribution for regression analyses.
Association between log transformed serum carotenoids as dependent variables and metabolic syndrome status were
assessed using multiple linear regression analysis. Results are reported as back transformed geometric means.
Analysis was performed for each serum carotenoid separately, and the sum of the five carotenoids,
adjusting for the following potential confounders:
  1. age
  2. sex
  3. education
  4. BMI
  5. smoking
  6. alcohol intake
  7. physical activity
  8. vitamin use.
Mean serum alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and the sum of the five carotenoid concentrations were significantly lower (p<0.05)
in persons with the metabolic syndrome (after adjusting for age,sex, education, BMI status, alcohol intake, smoking, physical activity
status and vitamin/mineral use) than persons without the syndrome. Alpha, beta and total carotenoids also decreased significantly
(p<0.05) with increased number of components of the metabolic syndrome, after adjusting for these confounders. These differences
were significant among former smokers and non-smokers, but not in current smokers. Low concentrations of serum
  • alpha-carotene,
  • beta carotene and
  • the sum of five carotenoids
appear to be associated with metabolic syndrome status.
The overall prevalence of the syndrome was 24% and was significantly higher among males than females. As would be expected, significant
differences in prevalence of the syndrome were seen with
  • body mass index
  • waist circumference
  • systolic and diastolic blood pressure
  • blood lipids.
Significant differences were also evident by
  • age group, smoking status, educational status and income.
Income was marginally inversely associated. The prevalence increased with age, and was lower in those with post graduate education.
No significant differences were seen by alcohol intake, physical activity levels,  vitamin usage, or fruit intake. There was actually an
  • inverse relationship between vegetable intake (not fruit) and serum carotenoids.
Those who consumed 4 serves or more of vegetable were less likely to have the metabolic syndrome
  • compared to those who consumed 1 serve or less of vegetables.
The mean concentrations of serum alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and the sum of the five carotenoids were significantly lower for participants
  • with the metabolic syndrome present compared with those without the syndrome, after adjusting for potential confounding variables.
Concentrations of alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and the sum of the five carotenoids decreased significantly as
  • the number of components of the metabolic syndrome increased after adjusting for potential confounding variables.
Similarly there was an inverse association between quartiles of
  • individual and total serum carotenoids and metabolic syndrome status and each of its components.
This study was designed to investigate the association between several serum carotenoids and the metabolic syndrome.
The data from the present population study suggest that several serum carotenoids are inversely related to the metabolic syndrome.
The study showed significantly lower concentrations present among those with the metabolic syndrome of
  1. α-carotene,
  2. β-carotene and
  3. the sum of the five carotenoids
 compared to those without.We also found decreasing concentrations of all the carotenoids tested as

  • the number of the metabolic syndrome components increased.
This was significant for
  1. α-carotene,
  2. β-carotene,
  3. β-cryptoxanthin
  4. total carotenoids.
    (not lycopenes)
These findings are consistent with data reported from the third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III).
In the NHANES III study, significantly lower concentrations of all the carotenoids, except lycopene, were found among persons
with the metabolic syndrome compared with those without, after adjusting for confounding factors similar to those in our study.

Carnitine: A novel health factor-An overview. 

CD Dayanand, N Krishnamurthy, S Ashakiran, KN Shashidhar
Int J Pharm Biomed Res 2011; 2(2): 79-89.  ISSN No: 0976-0350
Carnitine comprises L-carnitine, acetyl –L-carnitine and Propionyl –L-carnitine. Carnitine is
  • obtained in greater amount from animal dietary sources than from plant sources.
The endogenous synthesis of carnitine takes place in animal tissues like
  • liver
  • kidney
  • brain
using precursor amino acids lysine and methionine by a pathway
  • dependent on iron, vitamin C, niacin, pyridoxine .
This is the basis of vegans generally depending on carnitine in larger proportion
  • through in vivo synthesis than omnivorous subjects.
The concentration of tri-methyl lysine residues and the tissue specificity of  butyro-betaine dehydrogenase
  • plays a significant role in regulating the carnitine biosynthesis.
Carnitine transport from the site of synthesis to target tissue occurs via blood.
The measurement of plasma carnitine concentration represents –
  • the balance between the rate of synthesis and rate of excretion
    • through specific transporter proteins.
The cellular functional role of carnitine depends on the uptake into cells through
  1. carnitine transport proteins and
  2. transport into mitochondrial matrix.
The function of carnitine is to traverse Long-chain Fatty Acids across inner mitochondrial membrane
  • for β-oxidation, thereby, generating ATP.
Carnitine deficiency results in muscle disorders.  The deficiency states are primary and secondar.
The primary is of systemic or myopathic, characterized by a defect of high affinity organic cation transporter protein (CTP)
  • present on the plasma membrane of liver and kidney and
  • also due to dysfunction of carnitine reabsorbtion through
    • similar transport proteins in renal tubules.
Secondary carnitine deficiency is associated with
  1. mitochondrial disorders and also
  2. defective β-oxidation such as CPT-II and acyl CoA dehydrogenase.
In recent times, carnitine has been extensively studied in various research activities to explore the therapeutic benefit.
Thus, carnitine justifies as a novel health factor.

Propionyl-L-carnitine Corrects Metabolic and Cardiovascular Alterations in
Diet-Induced Obese Mice and Improves Liver Respiratory Chain Activity

C Mingorance,  L Duluc, M Chalopin, G Simard, et al.
PLC improved the insulin-resistant state and reversed the increased total cholesterol
but not the increase in free fatty acid, triglyceride and HDL/LDL ratio induced by high-fat diet.
Vehicle-HF exhibited a reduced

  • cardiac output/body weight ratio,
  • endothelial dysfunction and
  • tissue decrease of NO production,

all of them being improved by PLC treatment.
The decrease of hepatic mitochondrial activity by high-fat diet was reversed by PLC.

Oral administration of PLC improves the insulin-resistant state developed by obese animals and
decreases the cardiovascular risk associated with the metabolically impaired mitochondrial function.

Omega-3 Fatty Acid and cardioprotection

The Benefits of Flaxseed    

By Elaine Magee, MPH, RD    WebMD Expert Column
Some call it one of the most powerful plant foods on the planet. There’s some evidence it may help reduce your risk of

  • heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes.

That’s quite a tall order for a tiny seed that’s been around for centuries.

Flaxseed was cultivated in Babylon as early as 3000 BC. In the 8th century, King Charlemagne believed so strongly in the
health benefits of flaxseed that he passed laws requiring his subjects to consume it. Now, thirteen centuries later, some
experts say we have preliminary research to back up what Charlemagne suspected.

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Not only has consumer demand for flaxseed grown, agricultural use has also increased.
Flaxseed is what’s used to feed all those chickens that are laying eggs with higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids.
Although flaxseed contains all sorts of healthy components, it owes its primary healthy reputation to three of them:

  1. Omega-3 essential fatty acids, have been shown to have heart-healthy effects.  1.8 grams of plant omega-3s/tablespoon ground.
  2. Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities.  75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods.
  3. Fiber. Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types.

Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Diseases

CJ Lavie, RV Milani, MR Mehra, and HO Ventura.
J. Am. Coll. Cardiol. 2009;54;585-594.   http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jacc.2009.02.084
Fish oil is obtained in the human diet by eating oily fish, such as
  • herring, mackerel, salmon, albacore tuna, and sardines, or
  • by consuming fish oil supplements or cod liver oil.
Fish do not naturally produce these oils, but obtain them through the ocean food chain from the marine microorganisms
  • that are the original source of the omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (ω-3 PUFA) found in fish oils.
Numerous prospective and retrospective trials from many countries, including the U.S., have shown that moderate
  • fish oil consumption decreases the risk of major cardiovascular (CV) events, such as
  1. myocardial infarction (MI),
  2. sudden cardiac death (SCD),
  3. coronary heart disease (CHD),
  4. atrial fibrillation (AF), and most recently,
  5. death in patients with heart failure (HF).
Most of the evidence for benefits of the ω-3 PUFA has been obtained for
  • eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the long-chain fatty acids in this family.
There is support for a benefit from alpha-linolenic acid (ALA),
  • the plant-based precursor of EPA.
The American Heart Association (AHA) has currently endorsed the use of ω-3 PUFA in patients with documented CHD

  • at a dose of approximately 1 g/day of combined DHA and EPA, either in the form of fatty fish or fish oil supplements
The health benefits of these long chain fatty acids are numerous and remain an active area of research.
Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (ω-3 PUFA) therapy continues to show great promise in primary and,
  • particularly in secondary prevention of cardiovascular (CV) diseases.
This portion of discussion summarizes the current scientific data on the effects of the long chain ω-3 PUFA
  • in the primary and secondary prevention of various CV disorders.
The most compelling evidence for CV benefits of ω-3 PUFA comes from 4 controlled trials
  • of nearly 40,000 participants randomized to receive eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)
  • with or without docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in studies of patients
    • in primary prevention,
    • after myocardial infarction, and
    • with heart failure (HF).
The evidence from retrospective epidemiologic studies and from large randomized controlled trials
show the benefits of ω-3 PUFA, specifically EPA and DHA, in primary and secondary CV prevention
and provide insight into potential mechanisms of these observed benefits.

Background Epidemiologic Evidence

During the past 3 decades, numerous epidemiologic and observational studies have been published on the CV benefits of ω-3 PUFA.
As early as 1944, Sinclair described the rarity of CHD in Greenland Eskimos, who consumed a diet high in whale, seal, and fish.
More than 30 years ago, Bang and Dyberg reported that despite a diet low in fruit, vegetables, and complex carbohydrates but
high in saturated fat and cholesterol, serum cholesterol and triglycerides were lower in Greenland Inuit than in age-matched residents
of Denmark, and the risk of MI was markedly lower in the Greenland population compared with the Danes. These initial observations raised
speculation on the potential benefits of ω-3 PUFA (particularly EPA and DHA) as the protective “Eskimo factor”.
Potential EPA and DHA Effects   
  1. Antiarrhythmic effects
  2. Improvements in autonomic function
  3. Decreased platelet aggregation
  4. Vasodilation
  5. Decreased blood pressure
  6. Anti-inflammatory effects
  7. Improvements in endothelial function
  8. Plaque stabilization
  9. Reduced atherosclerosis
  10. Reduced free fatty acids and triglycerides
  11. Up-regulated adiponectin synthesis
  12. Reduced collagen deposition
The target EPA + DHA consumption should be at least 500 mg/day for individuals without underlying overt CV disease
  • and at least 800 to 1,000 mg/day for individuals with known coronary heart disease and HF.
Further studies are needed to determine optimal dosing and the relative ratio of DHA and EPA ω-3 PUFA that
  • provides maximal cardioprotection in those at risk of CV disease
  • as well in the treatment of atherosclerotic, arrhythmic, and primary myocardial disorders.
Lavie et al.  Omega-3 PUFA and CV Diseases  J Am Coll Cardiol 2009; 54(7): 585–94

Assessing Appropriateness of Lipid Management Among Patients With Diabetes Mellitus

Moving From Target to Treatment.   AJ Beard, TP Hofer, JR Downs, et al. and Diabetes Clinical Action Measures Workgroup
Performance measures that emphasize only a treat-to-target approach may motivate ove-rtreatment with high-dose statins,
  • potentially leading to adverse events and unnecessary costs.
We developed a clinical action performance measure for lipid management in patients with diabetes mellitus that is designed
  • to encourage appropriate treatment with moderate-dose statins while minimizing over-treatment.
We examined data from July 2010 to June 2011 for 964 818 active Veterans Affairs primary care patients ≥18 years of age with diabetes mellitus.
We defined 3 conditions as successfully meeting the clinical action measure for patients 50 to 75 years old:
  1.  having a low-density lipoprotein (LDL) <100 mg/dL,
  2. taking a moderate-dose statin regardless of LDL level or measurement, or
  3. receiving appropriate clinical action (starting, switching, or intensifying statin therapy) if LDL is ≥100 mg/dL.
We examined possible over-treatment for patients ≥18 years of age by examining the proportion of patients
  • without ischemic heart disease who were on a high-dose statin.
We then examined variability in measure attainment across 881 facilities using 2-level hierarchical multivariable logistic models.
Of 668 209 patients with diabetes mellitus who were 50 to 75 years of age, 84.6% passed the clinical action measure:
  1. 67.2% with LDL <100 mg/dL,
  2. 13.0% with LDL ≥100 mg/dL and either on a moderate-dose statin (7.5%) or with appropriate clinical action (5.5%), and
  3. 4.4% with no index LDL on at least a moderate-dose statin. Of the entire cohort ≥18 years of age, 13.7% were potentially over-treated.
Use of a performance measure that credits appropriate clinical action indicates that almost 85% of diabetic veterans 50 to 75 years of age
  • are receiving appropriate dyslipidemia management.

Exercise training and mitochondria in heart failure

The beneficial effects of exercise in the rehabilitation of patients with heart failure are well established,
with improvements observed in
  • exercise capacity,
  • quality of life,
  • hospitalization rates and
  • morbidity/mortality.
There is no evidence of training-induced
improvements in cardiac energy metabolism or
  • mitochondrial function, and
  • no modification of myocardial oxidative capacity,
  • oxidative enzymes, or
  • energy transfer enzymes
in exercising rats with experimental heart failure, but there is  evidence of
There are also improvements in
  • skeletal muscle oxidative capacity with
  • increased mitochondrial density
following endurance training in heart failure patients associated with alleviation of symptoms such as
  • exercise intolerance and
  • chronic fatigue.
The mechanism underlying improvements in mitochondrial function may perhaps be a result of
  • more effective peripheral oxygen delivery following training,
  • alleviating tissue hypoxia and oxidative stress.

Treating Type 2 diabetes, and lowering cardiovascular disease risk

Treating Diabetes and Obesity with an FGF21-Mimetic Antibody
Activating the βKlotho/FGFR1c Receptor Complex

IN Foltz, S Hu, C King, Xinle Wu, et al.  Amgen and Texas A&M HSC, Houston, TX.
Sci Transl Med  Nov 2012; 4(162), p. 162ra153
http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/scitranslmed.3004690

Fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21) is a distinctive member of the FGF family with potent beneficial effects on

  1. lipid
  2. body weight
  3. glucose metabolism

A monoclonal antibody, mimAb1, binds to βKlotho with high affinity and specifically

  • activates signaling from the βKlotho/FGFR1c (FGF receptor 1c) receptor complex.

Injection of mimAb1 into obese cynomolgus monkeys led to FGF21-like metabolic effects:

  1. decreases in body weight,
  2. plasma insulin,
  3. triglycerides, and
  4. glucose during tolerance testing.

Mice with adipose-selective FGFR1 knockout were refractory to FGF21-induced improvements

  • in glucose metabolism and body weight.

mimAb1 depends on βKlotho to activate FGFR1c, but

  • it is not expected to induce side effects caused by activating FGFR1c alone.

The results in obese monkeys (with mimAb1) and in FGFR1 knockout mice (with FGF21) demonstrated

  • the essential role of FGFR1c in FGF21 function and
  • suggest fat as a critical target tissue for the cytokine and antibody.

This antibody activates FGF21-like signaling through cell surface receptors, and  provided

  • preclinical validation for an innovative therapeutic approach to diabetes and obesity.

Influencing Factors on Cardiac Structure and Function Beyond Glycemic Control
in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM)

R Ichikawa, M Daimon, T Miyazaki, T Kawata, et al.     Cardiovasc Diabetol. 2013;12(38)

We studied 148 asymptomatic patients with T2DM without overt heart disease.
Early (E) and late (A) diastolic mitral flow velocity and early diastolic mitral annular velocity (e’)

  • were measured for assessing left ventricular (LV) diastolic function.

In addition

  • insulin resistance,
  • non-esterified fatty acid,
  • high-sensitive CRP,
  • estimated glomerular filtration rate,
  • waist/hip ratio,
  • abdominal visceral adipose tissue (VAT),
  • subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT)

In T2DM (compared to controls),

  • E/A and e’ were significantly lower, and
  • E/e’, left atrial volume and LV mass were significantly greater

VAT  and age were independent determinants of

  • left atrial volume (β =0.203, p=0.011),
  • E/A (β =−0.208, p=0.002), e’ (β =−0.354, p<0.001) and
  • E/e’ (β=0.220, p=0.003).

Independent determinants of LV mass were

  • systolic blood pressure,
  • waist-hip ratio (β=0.173, p=0.024)
  • VAT/SAT ratio (β=0.162, p=0.049)

Excessive visceral fat accompanied by adipocyte dysfunction may play a greater role than

  • glycemic control in the development of diastolic dysfunction and LV hypertrophy in T2DM

Inhibition of oxidative stress and mtDNA damage

Novel pharmacological agents are needed that

  • optimize substrate metabolism and
  • maintain mitochondrial integrity,
  • improve oxidative capacity in heart and skeletal muscle, and
  • alleviate many of the clinical symptoms associated with heart failure.

The evidence for the attenuation or loss of effectiveness of neurohormonal antagonism as heart failure worsens

  • indicates future therapeutic targets must address the cellular and molecular mechanisms that contribute to heart failure.

Pharmacological Targets of oxidative stress and mitochondrial damage

Defective mitochondrial energetics and abnormal substrate metabolism are fundamental characteristics of CHF.

A significant benefit may be derived from developing therapies aimed at

  • preserving cardiac mitochondrial function and
  • optimizing substrate metabolism.
Oxidative stress is enhanced in myocardial remodelling and failure. The increased production of oxygen radicals in the failing heart
  • with preserved antioxidant enzyme activities suggests
  • mitochondrial electron transport as a source of oxygen radical generation
  • can be a therapeutic target against oxidant-induced damage in the failing myocardium.
Chronic increases in oxygen radical production in the mitochondria
  • leads to mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) damage,
  • functional decline,
  • further oxygen radical generation, and
  • cellular injury.
MtDNA defects may thus play an important role in the
  • development and progression of myocardial remodelling and failure.
Reactive oxygen species induce
  1. myocyte hypertrophy,
  2. apoptosis, and
  3. interstitial fibrosis
  4. by activating matrix metallo-proteinases,
  5. promoting the development and
  6. progression of maladaptive myocardial remodelling and failure.
Oxidative stress has direct effects on cellular structure and function and
  • may activate integral signalling molecules in myocardial remodelling and failure (Figure).
ROS result in a phenotype characterized by
  • hypertrophy and apoptosis in isolated cardiac myocytes.
Therefore, oxidative stress and mtDNA damage are good therapeutic targets.
Overexpression of the genes for
  • peroxiredoxin-3 (Prx-3), a mitochondrial antioxidant, or
  • mitochondrial transcription factor A (TFAM),
    • could ameliorate the decline in mtDNA copy number in failing hearts.
Consistent with alterations in mtDNA, the
  • decrease in mitochondrial function was prevented,
  • proving that the activation of Prx-3 or TFAM gene expression
  • could ameliorate the pathophysiological processes seen
  1. in mitochondrial dysfunction and
  2. myocardial remodelling.
Inhibition of oxidative stress and mtDNA damage
  • could be novel and effective treatment strategies for heart failure.
Proposed mechanisms through which overexpression of the
  • mitochondrial transcription factor A (TFAM) gene prevents
  • mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) damage,
  • oxidative stress, and
  • myocardial remodelling and failure.
In wild-type mice, mitochondrial transcription factor A
  • directly interacts with mitochondrial DNA to form nucleoids.
Stress such as ischaemia causes mitochondrial DNA damage, which
  1. increases the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS)
  2. leading to a catastrophic cycle of mitochondrial electron transport impairment,
  3. further reactive oxygen species generation, and mitochondrial dysfunction.
TFAM overexpression may protect mitochondrial DNA from damage by
  1. directly binding and stabilizing mitochondrial DNA and
  2. increasing the steady-state levels of mitochondrial DNA
ameliorating mitochondrial dysfunction and thus the development and progression of heart failure.

Conclusion

Heart failure is a multifactorial syndrome that is characterized by
  • abnormal energetics and substrate metabolism in heart and skeletal muscle.
Although existing therapies have been beneficial, there is a clear need for new approaches to treatment.
Pharmacological targeting of the cellular stresses underlying mitochondrial dysfunction, such as
  • elevated fatty acid levels,
  • tissue hypoxia and oxidative stress and
  • metabolic modulation of heart and skeletal muscle mitochondria,
    • appears to offer a promising therapeutic strategy for tackling heart failure.
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C Maack, M Böhm. Targeting Mitochondrial Oxidative Stress in Heart Failure. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2011;58(1):83-86. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jacc.2011.01.032

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Structure of the human mitochondrial genome.

Structure of the human mitochondrial genome. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Diagram taken from the paper “Dissection of mitochondrial superhaplogroup H using coding region SNPs” (Photo credit: Asparagirl)

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Reporter: Aviva Lev-Ari, hD, RN

 

A research team from Massachusetts and Maryland used array-based transcriptome profiling to explore the genetic basis of a progressive neuromuscular condition called facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, or FSHD. By testing bicep and deltoid muscle biopsy samples from dozens of individuals with FSHD and almost as many unaffected relatives of those subjects, the team tracked down hundreds of genes showing expression shifts in those with FSHD. Of those, 29 genes were differentially expressed in both bicep and deltoid muscle samples, the researchers report. And, they found expression levels at 15 genes could distinguish between bicep samples from those with or without the disease around 90 percent of the time in follow-up experiments. The accuracy was closer to 80 percent when classifying deltoid tissue based on expression of these genes. Those involved in the study say such a ‘molecular signature’ of FSHD could help in understanding the disease and in testing new treatments for it.

http://www.genomeweb.com//node/1126816?hq_e=el&hq_m=1349154&hq_l=4&hq_v=09187c3305

Transcriptional profiling in facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy to identify candidate biomarkers

  1. Fedik Rahimova,b,1,

  2. Oliver D. Kingb,c,1,
  3. Doris G. Leungd,e,
  4. Genila M. Bibatd,
  5. Charles P. Emerson, Jrb,c,
  6. Louis M. Kunkela,b,f,2, and
  7. Kathryn R. Wagnerd,e,g,2

+Author Affiliations


  1. aProgram in Genomics, Division of Genetics, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115;

  2. bThe Senator Paul D. Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Center and

  3. cBoston Biomedical Research Institute, Watertown, MA 02472;

  4. dHugo W. Moser Research Institute at Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, MD 21205; Departments of

  5. eNeurology and

  6. gNeuroscience, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21205; and

  7. fThe Manton Center for Orphan Disease Research, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA 02115
  1. Contributed by Louis M. Kunkel, June 4, 2012 (sent for review May 24, 2012)

Abstract

Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) is a progressive neuromuscular disorder caused by contractions of repetitive elements within the macrosatellite D4Z4 on chromosome 4q35. The pathophysiology of FSHD is unknown and, as a result, there is currently no effective treatment available for this disease. To better understand the pathophysiology of FSHD and develop mRNA-based biomarkers of affected muscles, we compared global analysis of gene expression in two distinct muscles obtained from a large number of FSHD subjects and their unaffected first-degree relatives. Gene expression in two muscle types was analyzed using GeneChip Gene 1.0 ST arrays: biceps, which typically shows an early and severe disease involvement; and deltoid, which is relatively uninvolved. For both muscle types, the expression differences were mild: using relaxed cutoffs for differential expression (fold change ≥1.2; nominal P value <0.01), we identified 191 and 110 genes differentially expressed between affected and control samples of biceps and deltoid muscle tissues, respectively, with 29 genes in common. Controlling for a false-discovery rate of <0.25 reduced the number of differentially expressed genes in biceps to 188 and in deltoid to 7. Expression levels of 15 genes altered in this study were used as a “molecular signature” in a validation study of an additional 26 subjects and predicted them as FSHD or control with 90% accuracy based on biceps and 80% accuracy based on deltoids.

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