Characteristics of the calcium-triggered mitochondrial permeability transition in nonsynaptic brain mitochondria: effect of cyclosporin A and ubiquinone O

Kristián, Tibor and Gertsch, Jeff and Bates, Timothy E. and Siesjö, Bo K. (2000) Characteristics of the calcium-triggered mitochondrial permeability transition in nonsynaptic brain mitochondria: effect of cyclosporin A and ubiquinone O. Journal of Neurochemistry, 74 (5). pp. 1999-2009. ISSN 0022-3042

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Abstract

The objective of the present study was to assess the capacity of nonsynaptic brain mitochondria to accumulate Ca2+ when subjected to repeated Ca2+ loads, and to explore under what conditions a mitochondrial permeability transition (MPT) pore is assembled. The effects of cyclosporin A (CsA) on Ca2+ accumulation and MPT pore assembly were compared with those obtained with ubiquinone 0 (Ubo), a quinone that is a stronger MPT blocker than CsA, when tested on muscle and liver mitochondria. When suspended in a solution containing phosphate (2 mM) and Mg2+ (1 mM), but no ATP or ADP, the brain mitochondria had a limited capacity to accumulate Ca2+ (210 nmol/mg of mitochondrial protein). Furthermore, when repeated Ca2+ pulses (40 nmol/mg of protein each) saturated the uptake system, the mitochondria failed to release the Ca2+ accumulated. However, in each instance, the first Ca2+ pulse was accompanied by a moderate release of Ca2+, a release that was not observed during the subsequent pulses. The initial release was accompanied by a relatively marked depolarization, and by swelling, as assessed by light-scattering measurements. However, as the swelling was <50% of that observed following addition of alamethicin, it is concluded that the first Ca2+ pulse gives rise to an MPT in a subfraction of the mitochondrial population. CsA, an avid blocker of the MPT pore, only marginally increased the Ca(2+)-sequestrating capacity of the mitochondria. However, CsA eliminated the Ca2+ release accompanying the first Ca2+ pulse. The effects of CsA were shared by Ubo, but when the concentration of Ubo exceeded 20 microM, it proved toxic. The results thus suggest that brain mitochondria are different from those derived from a variety of other sources. The major difference is that a fraction of the brain mitochondria, studied presently, depolarized and showed signs of an MPT. This fraction, but not the remaining ones, contributed to the chemically and electron microscopically verified mitochondrial swelling.

Additional Information:First published online July 2008
Keywords:brain, mitochondria, calcium, ubiquinone, MPT Pore, permeability transition pore
Subjects:A Medicine and Dentistry > A100 Pre-clinical Medicine
B Subjects allied to Medicine > B140 Neuroscience
B Subjects allied to Medicine > B132 Pathobiology
B Subjects allied to Medicine > B120 Physiology
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:5284
Deposited On:08 Jun 2013 08:14

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