Amick 2017 MiPschool Obergurgl

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Bioenergetic profiling of mitochondria isolated from three distinct brain regions relevant to AD pathology in non-human primates.

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Amick KA, Mahapatra G, Shively CA, Molina AJ (2017)

Event: MiPschool Obergurgl 2017


Mitochondrial alterations are evident in various neurological diseases; and most notably, in the earliest presymptomatic stages of Alzheimers Disease (AD) pathology[1]. As a result, brain bioenergetics have emerged as an important topic of research. AD is associated with changes in brain pathology that manifest in specific brain regions, such as the frontal cortex and hippocampus. Therefore, our goal was to selectively examine the bioenergetic profiles of brain mitochondria isolated from distinct regions relevant to AD.

Our approach utilized cynomolgus macaques as they have been demostrated to be reliable models for evaluating various age related diseases and conditions[2]. In addition, the use of non-human primates provides sufficient tissue for adequate mitochondrial yield from multiple brain regions as shown in Figure 1. We analyzed isolated mitochondria from prefrontal cortex, entorhinal cortex, and cerebellum from the same animal to determine how bioenergetic profiles may differ between these areas. Prefrontal cortex and entorhinal cortex were selected due to their relevance in AD pathology, while the cerebellar region was selected because it may serve as a useful control region in studies of AD pathology. Mitochondria were isolated from brain tissue using a manual glass-on-glass cell homogenizer and series of centrifugation steps. We utilized two SUIT protocols to examine respiration in high-resolution: RP2 and a previously published protocol by Lanza and Nair[3]. RP2 was selected because it is a standard reference protocol; thus, the methods have been well vetted and the results are easily interpreted. We were also interested in RP2 because it includes titrations to evaluate fatty acid oxidation. The protocol published by Lanza and Nair was applied because it offers an alternative approach that has been adopted by other research groups. By using two protocols we can compare to tease out additional information that one protocol alone may miss. Traces from the two protocols can be observed in Figure 2.

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Labels: MiParea: Respiration  Pathology: Alzheimer's 

Organism: Other mammals  Tissue;cell: Nervous system  Preparation: Isolated mitochondria 

Coupling state: LEAK, OXPHOS  Pathway: F, N  HRR: Oxygraph-2k  Event: B2, Oral 


Amick KA(1,2), Mahapatra G(1), Shively CA(3), Molina AJ(1)
  1. Dept Internal Med, Sect Gerontology Geriatrics, Sticht Center Healthy Aging Alzheimers Prevention
  2. Dept Neuroscience
  3. Pathology-Comparative Med
  4. Wake Forest School Med, NC, USA. – [email protected]


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Figure 1. A section of cynomolgus macaque cerebellum. Weight of imaged tissue is 304.22mg, which provided adequate isolated mitochondria for the SUIT protocols.

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Figure 2. Representative RP2 protocol trace (entorhinal cortex). b) Representative trace obtained by using the protocol reported by Lanza and Nair (entorhinal cortex).

References and support

  1. Swerdlow RH (2012) Mitochondria and cell bioenergetics: increasingly recognized components and a possible etiologic cause of alzheimer’s disease. Antioxid Redox Signal 16:1434-55
  2. Darusman HS, Sajuthi D, Kalliokoski O, Jacobsen KR, Call J, Schapiro SJ, Gjedde A, Abelson KS, Hau J (2013) Correlations between serum levels of beta amyloid, cerebrospinal levels of tau and phospho tau, and delayed response tasks in young and aged cynomolgus monkeys (Macaca fascicularis). J Med Primatol 42:137-46.
  3. Lanza IR, Nair KS (2009) Functional assesment of isolated mitochondria in vitro. Methods Enzymol 457:349-72. Β»Β»Bioblast link
Selected mentor: Pablo Garcia-Roves
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