Brown DA 2014 Abstract MiP2014

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The cardiolipin-targeting peptide Bendavia preserves post-ischemic mitochondrial energetics by sustaining respiratory supercomplexes.


Brown DA

Mitochondr Physiol Network 19.13 - MiP2014

Brown DA, Moukdar F, Alleman RJ, Lark DS, Neufer PD, Shaikh SR (2014)

Event: MiP2014

Bendavia is a cytoprotective mitochondria-targeting peptide [1-4], currently being tested in the EMBRACE-STEMI trial for reducing injury during acute coronary syndromes. We previously showed that the cardioprotective effects of Bendavia involved improving cardiolipin-dependent mitochondrial membrane fluidity. As membrane fluidity influences the ability of proteins to assemble, we hypothesized that a consequence of augmented membrane fluidity would be higher expression of mitochondrial respiratory supercomplexes. Rat hearts (N=42) were subjected to ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) with our without 1 nM Bendavia perfusion, beginning at the onset of reperfusion. Left ventricular tissue was split into one of two study arms: 1. Supercomplex expression using blue-native gel electrophoresis (BN-PAGE), or 2. High-resolution respirometry using permeabilized ventricular fibers. For BN-PAGE studies, respiratory supercomplex bands were decreased with I/R, and restored with Bendavia (Fig. 1). High-resolution respirometry studies indicated suppressed Complex I-dependent respiration after I/R (208Β±19 v 42Β±9 pmol O2βˆ™ in control v I/R, respectively; P<0.05. Complex II-dependent respiration was also lower (753Β±41 v 168Β±13 pmolβˆ™s-1βˆ™mg-1 in control versus I/R; P<0.05). Perfusion with Bendavia during reperfusion significantly increased Complex I- (100Β±13 pmol O2βˆ™ and II-dependent (334Β±63 pmol O2βˆ™ respiration (P<0.05 versus untreated IR for both). Taken together, these data suggest that Bendavia’s protective mechanism of action involves preserving supercomplex-dependent mitochondrial function during cardiac reperfusion.

β€’ O2k-Network Lab: US NC Greenville Neufer PD, US VA Blacksburg Brown DA

Labels: MiParea: Respiration, mt-Membrane, Pharmacology;toxicology 

Stress:Ischemia-reperfusion  Organism: Rat  Tissue;cell: Heart  Preparation: Permeabilized tissue  Enzyme: Supercomplex 

Coupling state: OXPHOS  Pathway: N, S  HRR: Oxygraph-2k  Event: C3, Oral  MiP2014 


1-Dep Physiology; 2-East Carolina Diabetes Obesity Inst; 3-Dep Biochem Molec Biol, Brody School Medicine, East Carolina Univ, Greenville, NC, USA. - [email protected]


MIP2014 Brown D Figure.jpg

Figure 1: Maintenance of mitochondrial supercomplexes after ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) with the mitochondria-targeting peptide Bendavia.


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