Madlala 2015 Abstract MiPschool Cape Town 2015

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Fructose-induced ROS production: The role of uric acid and transforming growth factor (TGF)-Ξ²1.


Madlala H, Ojuka E (2015)

Event: MiPschool Cape Town 2015

Fructose has become an important constituent of modern diet particularly in the form of sucrose and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) which are contained in a variety of commercially available foods and drinks. A growing body of research suggests that excessive intake of fructose ( > 50 g day-1) is linked to the increasing prevalence of obesity and insulin resistance. Fructose induces ROS production and impairs mitochondrial gene expression leading to dysfunctional mitochondrial respiration. In addition, Lanaspa et al reported that fructose-induced hyperurecaemia is responsible for mitochondrial ROS production via activation of NADPH oxidase-4 (NOX4) [1]. Carmona-Cuenca et al further showed that NOX4-mediated ROS production may occur via TGF-Ξ²1 activation in hepatocytes [2]. Other studies have also shown that blockade of uric acid inhibits the expression of transforming growth factor (TGF)-Ξ²1 in fructose-fed mice [3]. Collectively these studies suggest that fructose-induced ROS production is mediated via both uric acid and TGF-Ξ²1. However, Cerillo et al showed that inhibition of uric acid after fructose treatment only partially blocks ROS production [4], suggesting alternative mechanisms.

The purposes of our study are therefore to investigate whether fructose can: a) activates NOX in the absence of uric acid and/or TGF-Ξ²1, b) increase ROS via a NOX4-independent pathway and c) cause mitochondrial dysfunction in the absence of ROS. Hepatocytes will be cultured in medium containing 10 mM fructose, fructose + 10 mM SB431542 (TGF-Ξ²1 receptor inhibitor), fructose + 100 M allopurinol (uric acid inhibitor), fructose + SB431542 + allopurinol, fructose + 100 M apocynin + 10 M diphenyleneiodonium (DPI), and fructose + 25 M Mn tetrakis(1-methyl-4-pyridyl) porphyrin (MnTMPyP) + 10 mM N-acetylcysteine (NAC) (ROS scavengers) for 0, 24, 48 and 72 h. Mitochondrial NOX4 content will be assayed by confocal microscopy, NADPH oxidase activity by NADH consumption enzymatic assay, mitochondrial ROS by Mitosox fluorescene, mitochondrial function in permeabilised cell by Oroboros Oxygraph-2k using octanoylcarnitine + malate and pyruvate + malate as substrates.

β€’ O2k-Network Lab: ZA Cape Town Smith J, ZA Cape Town Ojuka EO

Labels: MiParea: Exercise physiology;nutrition;life style  Pathology: Diabetes, Obesity  Stress:Oxidative stress;RONS  Organism: Human  Tissue;cell: Liver, Other cell lines  Preparation: Permeabilized cells 

Pathway:HRR: Oxygraph-2k, O2k-Fluorometer 


Inst South Africa Newlands, ESSM UCT Dept Human Biol Sports Sc, Univ Cape Town, South Africa. - [email protected]


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