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COST Action CA15203 MitoEAGLE
Evolution-Age-Gender-Lifestyle-Environment: mitochondrial fitness mapping


Muntane Jordi

MitoPedia topics: EAGLE 

COST: Member


Name Muntane Jordi, Dr.
Jordi Muntane

Oncology Surgery, Cell Therapy and Transplant Organs group,

Institute of Biomedicine of Seville (IBiS),

Campus of the Virgen del Rocio University Hospital, ES

Address Avenida Manuel Siurot s/n, 41013
City Sevilla
Country Spain
O2k-Network Lab



BEC 2020.1 doi10.26124bec2020-0001.v12020Gnaiger Erich et al ― MitoEAGLE Task Group (2020) Mitochondrial physiology. Bioenerg Commun 2020.1. doi:10.26124/bec:2020-0001.v1.
Gnaiger 2019 MitoFit Preprint Arch2019Gnaiger E, Aasander Frostner E, Abdul Karim N, Abdel-Rahman EA, Abumrad NA, Acuna-Castroviejo D, Adiele RC, et al (2019) Mitochondrial respiratory states and rates. MitoFit Preprint Arch doi:10.26124/mitofit:190001.v6.


Rodriguez-Hernandez 2018 Free Radic Biol Med2018Rodriguez-Hernández A, Staňková P, González R, De la Rosa AJ, Álamo-Martinez JM, Marin-Gómez LM, Sobotka O, Kučera O, Padillo FJ, Červinková Z, Muntané J (2018) The alteration of mitochondrial function is associated with the induction of endoplasmic reticulum stress autophagy and apoptosis by Sorafenib in liver cancer cells. Free Radic Biol Med.
Muntane 2017 MITOEAGLE Obergurgl2017
Jordi Muntane
Integration of oxidative and nitrosative stress in the overall cell death signaling induced by Sorafenib in hepatoma cells.
Muntane 2017 MiP20172017
Jordi Muntane
The endoplasmic reticulum stress is the driving signaling promoting cell death in a context of reduced oxidative/nitrosative stress during treatment of liver cancer cells with Sorafenib.

MitoEAGLE Short-Term Scientific Mission

Work Plan summary
1. Aim & motivation - Please explain the scientific and/or other motivation for the STSM and what scientific and/or other outcomes you aim to accomplish with the STSM.
2. Proposed contribution to the scientific objectives of the Action.
3. Techniques - Please detail what techniques or equipment you may learn to use, if applicable.
4. Planning - Please detail the steps you will take to achieve your proposed aim.
MOTIVATION AND WORK PLAN STUDY Aim and motivation Our group investigates the intracellular signaling leading to the induction of cell death by Sorafenib in liver cancer cells. Sorafenib is the ecommended treatment in patients with advanced liver cancer. We have showed that the induction of apoptosis by Sorafenib is associated with induction of endoplasmic reticulum stress, autophagy and apoptosis in HepG2 cells. Interestingly, the antitumoral properties of Sorafenib is related to potent antioxidant properties and downregulation of Nrf2 signaling. However, we have also observed that Sorafenib induces mitochondrial hyperpolarization which suggest an alteration of mitochondrial function, as well as potential risk of ROS production and release of proapoptotic factors. In fact, mitochondria play a relevant role in the unfolded protein response (Qureshi et al. The mitochondrial unfolded protein response: signaling from the powerhouse. J Biol Chem 2017;292(33):13500–13506) and apoptosis (Kurose et al. Cancer Res 2009;69(9):3927-3936). In addition, it has been observed that Sorafenib impaired mitochondrial function in rat heart isolated mitochondria (Will et al. Toxicol Sci 2009:106(1); 153-161). All this ackground suggests that mitochondrial disturbances plays a role during the induction of cell death in Sorafenib-treated HepG2 cells. The scientific interest of the SMTS is the elucidation of the alteration of mitochondrial function and its potential relation with the induction of cell death by Sorafenib in HepG2 cells. The outcomes to be accomplished during the SMTS in the lab of Prof. Zuzana Cervinkova (Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic) is to determine in permeabilized HepG2 cells:
1)Effect of Sorafenib on the ETS capacity in living cells in HepG2 cells
2)Evaluate the participation of complex I- and II-, fatty acids and malate- and dihydroxy acetone phosphate-related ETS capacity using different substrates and inhibitors.
3)Mitochondrial ROS production
4)Measurement of Residual Oxygen Consumption (ROX) using complex I complex II and complex III inhibitors Proposed Contributions to the Scientific Objectives of the Action The overall objective of the MitoEAGLE network is to improve our knowledge on mitochondrial function in health and disease related to Evolution, Age, Gender, Lifestyle and Environment.
In particular, I have recently incorporated to the COST Action CA15203 MitoEAGLE in the “TG3.2 Liver” and “TG4.2 Cultured cells” working groups. This WGs are focused in the characterization of mitochondrial function of stablished cell lines, among them primary and liver cancer cells in control and physiopathological conditions. I believe that the objectives of the SMTS are perfectly in concordance with those of the Action and WGs. Techniques and Equipment to be used The in vitro experiments will be based in permeabilized HepG2 cells. The maintenance of HepG2 cells requires the use of cell culture room fully equipped. Sorafenib will be administered to cell culture and/or in permeabilized cells in suspension at therapeutic dose (10 μM). The different measurements will be carried out using O2k-FluoRespirometer (Oroboros Instruments). Planning and steps to achieve The experiments can be perfectly done during the scheduled SMTS period (November 15-December 1). 1st phase: 15-20 November Culture, maintenance and expansion of culture of HepG2 cells. 2nd phase: 20-25 November
1)Effect of Sorafenib on the ETS capacity in living cells in HepG2 cells
2)Evaluate the participation of complex I- and II-, fatty acids and malate- and dihydroxy acetone phosphate-related ETS capacity using different substrates and inhibitors.
3)Evaluation of data 3rd phase: 27-30 November 1)Mitochondrial ROS production
2)Measurement of Residual Oxygen Consumption (ROX) using complex I complex II and complex III inhibitors
3)Evaluation of data and conclusions of the SMTS

MitoEAGLE Feedback

Dr. Muntané will work in two specific areas: 1) Lipotoxicity-related cell mechanism in primary cultured human hepatocytes, and Sorafenib-induced insulin resistance in hepatocellular carcinoma cell lines; and 2) The alteration of different intracellular signaling induced by Sorafenib and immunosuppressants in liver cancer cells. Working groups: TG3.2 Liver and TG4.2 Cultured cells. - Muntane Jordi (2017).

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