Skemiene 2020 Biomolecules

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Skemiene K, Rekuviene E, Jekabsone A, Cizas P, Morkuniene R, Borutaite V (2020) Comparison of effects of metformin, phenformin, and inhibitors of mitochondrial complex I on mitochondrial permeability transition and ischemic brain injury. Biomolecules 10:E1400.

» PMID: 33019635 Open Access

Skemiene Kristina, Rekuviene Evelina, Jekabsone Aiste, Cizas Paulius, Morkuniene Ramune, Borutaite Vilmante (2020) Biomolecules

Abstract: Damage to cerebral mitochondria, particularly opening of mitochondrial permeability transition pore (MPTP), is a key mechanism of ischemic brain injury, therefore, modulation of MPTP may be a potential target for a neuroprotective strategy in ischemic brain pathologies. The aim of this study was to investigate whether biguanides-metformin and phenformin as well as other inhibitors of Complex I of the mitochondrial electron transfer system may protect against ischemia-induced cell death in brain slice cultures by suppressing MPTP, and whether the effects of these inhibitors depend on the age of animals. Experiments were performed on brain slice cultures prepared from 5-7-day (premature) and 2-3-month old (adult) rat brains. In premature brain slice cultures, simulated ischemia (hypoxia plus deoxyglucose) induced necrosis whereas in adult rat brain slice cultures necrosis was induced by hypoxia alone and was suppressed by deoxyglucose. Phenformin prevented necrosis induced by simulated ischemia in premature and hypoxia-induced-in adult brain slices, whereas metformin was protective in adult brain slices cultures. In premature brain slices, necrosis was also prevented by Complex I inhibitors rotenone and amobarbital and by MPTP inhibitor cyclosporine A. The latter two inhibitors were protective in adult brain slices as well. Short-term exposure of cultured neurons to phenformin, metformin and rotenone prevented ionomycin-induced MPTP opening in intact cells. The data suggest that, depending on the age, phenformin and metformin may protect the brain against ischemic damage possibly by suppressing MPTP via inhibition of mitochondrial Complex I.

Keywords: Brain ischemia, Hypoxia, Metformin, Mitochondrial complex I, Permeability transition, Phenformin Bioblast editor: Plangger M O2k-Network Lab: LT Kaunas Borutaite V


Labels: MiParea: Respiration, Pharmacology;toxicology 

Stress:Ischemia-reperfusion, Permeability transition  Organism: Rat  Tissue;cell: Nervous system  Preparation: Isolated mitochondria 


Coupling state: LEAK, OXPHOS  Pathway:HRR: Oxygraph-2k 

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