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    Maternal protein restriction affects gene expression profiles in the kidney at weaning with implications for the regulation of renal function and lifespan. Chen Jian-Hua,Tarry-Adkins Jane L,Matharu Kieran,Yeo Giles S H,Ozanne Susan E Clinical science (London, England : 1979) Nutritionally induced alterations in early growth can influence health and disease in later adult life. We have demonstrated previously that low birthweight resulting from maternal protein restriction during pregnancy followed by accelerated growth in rodents was associated with shortened lifespan, whereas protein restriction and slow growth during lactation increased lifespan. Thus early life events can also have a long lasting impact on longevity. In the present study, we show that long-lived PLP (postnatal low protein) mice were protected from developing albuminuria, whereas short-lived recuperated mice demonstrated an age-dependent increase in albuminuria in old age. Microarray analysis of kidneys from 21-day-old mice revealed that gene expression profiles were differentially affected depending on whether protein restriction was imposed during pregnancy or lactation. The differentially expressed genes were involved in diverse biological functions such as cytoprotective functions, vitamin D synthesis, protein homoeostasis, regulation of antioxidant enzymes and cellular senescence. Significantly, up-regulation of Hmox1 (haem oxygenase 1) in kidneys from PLP mice suggests that tissues of long-lived mice are equipped with a better cytoprotective function. In contrast, up-regulation of Nuak2 (NUAK family, SNF1-like kinase 2) and down-regulation of Lonp2 (Lon peptidase 2), Foxo3a (forkhead box O3a), Sod1 (copper/zinc superoxide dismutase) and Sesn1 (sestrin 1) in the kidneys of recuperated offspring suggest that protein homoeostasis and resistance to oxidative stress are compromised, leading to accelerated cellular senescence in these shorter-lived mice. 10.1042/CS20100230
    The peroxisomal Lon protease LonP2 in aging and disease: functions and comparisons with mitochondrial Lon protease LonP1. Pomatto Laura C D,Raynes Rachel,Davies Kelvin J A Biological reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society Peroxisomes are ubiquitous eukaryotic organelles with the primary role of breaking down very long- and branched-chain fatty acids for subsequent β-oxidation in the mitochondrion. Like mitochondria, peroxisomes are major sites for oxygen utilization and potential contributors to cellular oxidative stress. The accumulation of oxidatively damaged proteins, which often develop into inclusion bodies (of oxidized, aggregated, and cross-linked proteins) within both mitochondria and peroxisomes, results in loss of organelle function that may contribute to the aging process. Both organelles possess an isoform of the Lon protease that is responsible for degrading proteins damaged by oxidation. While the importance of mitochondrial Lon (LonP1) in relation to oxidative stress and aging has been established, little is known regarding the role of LonP2 and aging-related changes in the peroxisome. Recently, peroxisome dysfunction has been associated with aging-related diseases indicating that peroxisome maintenance is a critical component of 'healthy aging'. Although mitochondria and peroxisomes are both needed for fatty acid metabolism, little work has focused on understanding the relationship between these two organelles including how age-dependent changes in one organelle may be detrimental for the other. Herein, we summarize findings that establish proteolytic degradation of damaged proteins by the Lon protease as a vital mechanism to maintain protein homeostasis within the peroxisome. Due to the metabolic coordination between peroxisomes and mitochondria, understanding the role of Lon in the aging peroxisome may help to elucidate cellular causes for both peroxisome and mitochondrial dysfunction. 10.1111/brv.12253
    Redox Regulation of Homeostasis and Proteostasis in Peroxisomes. Walker Cheryl L,Pomatto Laura C D,Tripathi Durga Nand,Davies Kelvin J A Physiological reviews Peroxisomes are highly dynamic intracellular organelles involved in a variety of metabolic functions essential for the metabolism of long-chain fatty acids, d-amino acids, and many polyamines. A byproduct of peroxisomal metabolism is the generation, and subsequent detoxification, of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species, particularly hydrogen peroxide (HO). Because of its relatively low reactivity (as a mild oxidant), HO has a comparatively long intracellular half-life and a high diffusion rate, all of which makes HO an efficient signaling molecule. Peroxisomes also have intricate connections to mitochondria, and both organelles appear to play important roles in regulating redox signaling pathways. Peroxisomal proteins are also subject to oxidative modification and inactivation by the reactive oxygen and nitrogen species they generate, but the peroxisomal LonP2 protease can selectively remove such oxidatively damaged proteins, thus prolonging the useful lifespan of the organelle. Peroxisomal homeostasis must adapt to the metabolic state of the cell, by a combination of peroxisome proliferation, the removal of excess or badly damaged organelles by autophagy (pexophagy), as well as by processes of peroxisome inheritance and motility. More recently the tumor suppressors ataxia telangiectasia mutate (ATM) and tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), which regulate mTORC1 signaling, have been found to regulate pexophagy in response to variable levels of certain reactive oxygen and nitrogen species. It is now clear that any significant loss of peroxisome homeostasis can have devastating physiological consequences. Peroxisome dysregulation has been implicated in several metabolic diseases, and increasing evidence highlights the important role of diminished peroxisomal functions in aging processes. 10.1152/physrev.00033.2016
    Lon Peptidase 2, Peroxisomal (LONP2) Contributes to Cervical Carcinogenesis via Oxidative Stress. Wu Wanrong,Liu Fulin,Wu Kejia,Chen Yurou,Wu Hanshu,Dai Guo,Zhang Wei Medical science monitor : international medical journal of experimental and clinical research BACKGROUND Lon protease is responsible for degrading proteins injured by oxidation, and has 2 isoforms, located in mitochondria and peroxisomes. Recent research showed that Lon protease was upregulated in different types of human cancer, but the role of Lon peptidase 2, peroxisomal (LONP2) in cancer is not well understood. It is known, however, that in cancer biology, reduction-oxidation is one of the molecular mechanisms involved in tumorigenesis. MATERIAL AND METHODS Oncomine databases and tissue microarrays, initially using immunohistochemistry, were used to analyze LONP2 expression in cervical cancer. In order to uncover the biologic functions and mechanism(s) underlying LONP2 in cervical tumorigenesis, we downregulated the expression of LONP2 using 2 siRNAs transduced in HeLa and SiHa cells. CCK8 assays were performed to evaluate cell viability. Cell cycle and apoptosis assays were used to determine cell growth. Cell migration and invasion assays were used to study changes in cell migration and invasion capacity. Immunofluorescence and flow cytometry were performed to analyze the changes in ROS production. RESULTS We found that the expression of LONP2 was significantly upregulated in cervical cancer, and there was a significant association with pathology type, pathology grade, and clinical stage, but not with age or lymph node metastasis. Moreover, we demonstrated that knocking down LONP2 in HeLa and SiHa cells reduced cell proliferation, cell cycle, apoptosis, migration, invasion, and oxidative stress levels. CONCLUSIONS Our findings suggest that LONP2 promotes cervical tumorigenesis via oxidative stress and may be a potential biomarker and therapeutic target in cervical cancer. 10.12659/msm.908966
    CircLONP2 enhances colorectal carcinoma invasion and metastasis through modulating the maturation and exosomal dissemination of microRNA-17. Han Kai,Wang Feng-Wei,Cao Chen-Hui,Ling Han,Chen Jie-Wei,Chen Ri-Xin,Feng Zi-Hao,Luo Jie,Jin Xiao-Han,Duan Jin-Ling,Li Shu-Man,Ma Ning-Fang,Yun Jing-Ping,Guan Xin-Yuan,Pan Zhi-Zhong,Lan Ping,Xu Rui-Hua,Xie Dan Molecular cancer BACKGROUND:Metastasis causes the vast majority of colorectal carcinoma (CRC)-related deaths. However, little is known about the specific traits and underlying mechanisms of metastasis-initiating cells in primary CRC. And whether or not circular RNAs (circRNAs) take part in this particular event remain not adequately stated yet. METHODS:A screening method based on Transwell assay was first applied to build CRC subgroups with different metastatic potential. High throughput RNA sequencing was used to find out novel metastatic drivers in CRC metastasis-initiating step. A series of in vitro and in vivo assays were further applied to elucidate the functions and underlying molecular mechanisms of circRNAs in CRC metastasis. RESULTS:A circRNA consisting of exon 8-11 of LONP2, termed as circLONP2, was upregulated in metastasis-initiating CRC subgroups. Aberrant higher expression of circLONP2 was observed in primary CRC tissues with established metastasis, and along the invasive margin in metastatic site. High expression of circLONP2 predicted unfavorable overall survival. Functional studies revealed that circLONP2 could enhance the invasiveness of CRC cells in vitro, and targeting circLONP2 through anti-sense oligonucleotide (ASO) dramatically reduced the penetrance of metastasis to foreign organs in vivo. Mechanically, circLONP2 directly interacted with and promoted the processing of primary microRNA-17 (pri-miR-17), through recruiting DiGeorge syndrome critical region gene 8 (DGCR8) and Drosha complex in DDX1-dependent manner. Meanwhile, upregulated mature miR-17-5p could be assembled into exosomes and internalized by neighboring cells to enhance their aggressiveness. CONCLUSIONS:Our data indicate that circLONP2 acts as key metastasis-initiating molecule during CRC progression through modulating the intracellular maturation and intercellular transfer of miR-17, resulting in dissemination of metastasis-initiating ability in primary site and acceleration of metastasis formation in foreign organs. circLONP2 could serve as an effective prognostic predictor and/or novel anti-metastasis therapeutic target in CRC treatment. 10.1186/s12943-020-01184-8
    Anthocyanin-Biofortified Colored Wheat Prevents High Fat Diet-Induced Alterations in Mice: Nutrigenomics Studies. Sharma Saloni,Khare Pragyanshu,Kumar Ashish,Chunduri Venkatesh,Kumar Aman,Kapoor Payal,Mangal Priyanka,Kondepudi Kanthi Kiran,Bishnoi Mahendra,Garg Monika Molecular nutrition & food research SCOPE:Effective health-promoting results of either anthocyanins or whole wheat against chronic diseases are well reported. The current study is designed to understand the effect and underlying mechanism of anthocyanins-biofortified whole wheat on high-fat diet (HF)-induced obesity and its comorbidities. METHOD AND RESULTS:Mice are fed a HFD supplemented with isoenergetic white, purple, or black whole wheat for 12 weeks and analyzed by physiological, biochemical, and nutrigenomics studies (qRT-PCR and RNA-Seq analysis). Black wheat significantly reduces body weight gain and fat pad. Both black and purple wheats reduce total cholesterol, triglyceride, and free fatty acid levels in serum, with the restoration of blood glucose and insulin resistance. Black wheat significantly elevates the expression of enzymes related to fatty acid balancing, β-oxidation, and oxidative stress that supported the biochemical and physiological positive outcomes. Moreover, the transcriptome analysis of adipose and liver tissue reveals activation of multiple pathways and genes related to fatty acid-β oxidation (crat, acca2, lonp2 etc.), antioxidative enzymes (gpx1, sod1, nxnl1 etc.), along with balancing of fatty acid metabolism specifically in black wheat supplemented mice. CONCLUSION:Taken together, the results suggest that the incorporation of colored wheat (especially black wheat) in the diet can prevent obesity and related metabolic complications. 10.1002/mnfr.201900999
    Short-term inhibition of autophagy benefits pancreatic β-cells by augmenting ether lipids and peroxisomal function, and by countering depletion of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids after fat-feeding. Chu Kwan Yi,Mellet Natalie,Thai Le May,Meikle Peter J,Biden Trevor J Molecular metabolism OBJECTIVE:Investigations of autophagy in β-cells have usually focused on its homeostatic function. More dynamic roles in inhibiting glucose-stimulated insulin secretion (GSIS), potentially involving remodelling of cellular lipids, have been suggested from in vitro studies but not evaluated in vivo. METHODS:We employed temporally-regulated deletion of the essential autophagy gene, Atg7, in β-cells. Mice were fed chow or high-fat diets (HFD), in conjunction with deletion of Atg7 for the last 3 weeks (short-term model) or 9 weeks (long-term model). Standard in vivo metabolic phenotyping was undertaken, and 450 lipid species in islets quantified ex vivo using mass spectroscopy (MS). MIN6 cells were also employed for lipidomics and secretory interventions. RESULTS:β-cell function was impaired by inhibiting autophagy in the longer-term, but conversely improved by 3-week deletion of Atg7, specifically under HFD conditions. This was accompanied by augmented GSIS ex vivo. Surprisingly, the HFD had minimal effect on sphingolipid and neutral lipid species, but modulated >100 phospholipids and ether lipids, and markedly shifted the profile of polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) sidechains from n3 to n6 forms. These changes were partially countered by Atg7 deletion, consistent with an accompanying upregulation of the PUFA elongase enzyme, Elovl5. Loss of Atg7 separately augmented plasmalogens and alkyl lipids, in association with increased expression of Lonp2, a peroxisomal chaperone/protease that facilitates maturation of ether lipid synthetic enzymes. Depletion of PUFAs and ether lipids was also observed in MIN6 cells chronically exposed to oleate (more so than palmitate). GSIS was inhibited by knocking down Dhrs7b, which encodes an enzyme of peroxisomal ether lipid synthesis. Conversely, impaired GSIS due to oleate pre-treatment was selectively reverted by Dhrs7b overexpression. CONCLUSIONS:A detrimental increase in n6:n3 PUFA ratios in ether lipids and phospholipids is revealed as a major response of β-cells to high-fat feeding. This is partially reversed by short-term inhibition of autophagy, which results in compensatory changes in peroxisomal lipid metabolism. The short-term phenotype is linked to improved GSIS, in contrast to the impairment seen with the longer-term inhibition of autophagy. The balance between these positive and negative inputs could help determine whether β-cells adapt or fail in response to obesity. 10.1016/j.molmet.2020.101023
    Curcumin Alleviates Oxygen-Glucose-Deprivation/Reperfusion-Induced Oxidative Damage by Regulating miR-1287-5p/LONP2 Axis in SH-SY5Y Cells. Zhang Teng,Chen Xiaomin,Qu Yueqing,Ding Yanbing Analytical cellular pathology (Amsterdam) Oxidative stress-induced neuronal damage is a main cause of ischemia/reperfusion injury. Curcumin (Cur), the principal constituent extracted from dried rhizomes of Curcuma longa L. (turmeric), exhibits excellent antioxidant effects. Previous studies have indicated that miR-1287-5p was downregulated in patients with ischemic stroke. Additionally, we predicted that Lon Peptidase 2, Peroxisomal (LONP2), which is involved in oxidative stress regulation, is targeted by miR-1287-5p. The aim of the current study is to investigate the effect of Cur on ischemia/reperfusion damage and its underlying mechanism. To mimic ischemia/reperfusion damage environment, SH-SY5Y cells were subjected to oxygen-glucose-deprivation/reperfusion (OGD/R). OGD/R treatment downregulated miR-1287-5p and upregulated LONP2 in SH-SY5Y cells, but Cur alleviated OGD/R-induced oxidative damage and reversed the effect of OGD/R on the expression of miR-1287-5p and LONP2. Furthermore, we confirmed the interactive relationship between miR-1287-5p and LONP2 (negative regulation). We revealed that miR-1287-5p overexpression alleviated OGD/R-induced oxidative damage alleviation, similar to the effect of Cur. MiR-1287-5p inhibition accentuated OGD/R-induced oxidative damage in SH-SY5Y cells, which was reversed by Cur. The expression of LONP2 in OGD/R-treated SH-SY5Y cells was decreased by miR-1287-5p overexpression and increased by miR-1287-5p inhibition, and Cur counteracted the increase in LONP2 expression induced by miR-1287-5p inhibition. In conclusion, we suggest that Cur alleviates OGD/R-induced oxidative damage in SH-SY5Y cells by regulating the miR-1287-5p/LONP2 axis. The findings provide a theoretical basis for the clinical application of curcumin. 10.1155/2021/5548706
    Circular RNA LONP2 regulates proliferation, invasion, and apoptosis of bladder cancer cells by sponging microRNA-584-5p. Bioengineered Bladder cancer (BC) is the most frequent type of urinary tumor and a barely treatable disease. Although extensive efforts have been invested in the research of BC, the underlying etiology and pathophysiology remain unclear. CircLONP2 is a circular RNA implicated in the development of many cancers, and miR-584-5p and YAP1 have been reported to contribute to the progression of BC. In this research, we presented novel evidence supporting circLONP2/miR-584-5p/YAP1 axis as a novel regulatory module in the progression of BC. We analyzed the expression of circLONP2 between precancerous BC samples and normal tissues using a published RNA-seq dataset. The expression of circLONP2 was also validated in clinical samples and cell lines by quantitative RT-PCR. Small interfering RNA (siRNA) and miRNA inhibitor was utilized to modulate the expression of circLONP2 and miR-584-5p and investigate their functions on cell proliferation and invasion. Luciferase reporter assay and RNA pull-down were performed to confirm the functional interactions among circLONP2/miR-584-5p/YAP1. CircLONP2 was significantly upregulated in precancerous BC tissues and BC cells. CircLONP2 depletion inhibited cell viability, proliferation, and invasion of BC cell lines, which could be partially rescued by miR-584-5p inhibitor. Further experiments indicated that miR-584-5p regulates cell viability, proliferation, and invasion via directly targeting YAP1. In summary, our work indicates that circLONP2 plays an oncogenic function in BC by regulating miR-584-5p/YAP1 axis, and its interaction with miR-584-5p provides a potential strategy to target BC. 10.1080/21655979.2022.2054753