Frank Norbert Gellerich

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Analysis of mitochondrial function is central to the study of intracellular energy metabolism, mechanisms of cell death and pathophysiology of a variety of human diseases, including myopathies, neurodegenerative diseases and cancer. However, important properties of mitochondria differ in vivo and in vitro. Here, we describe a protocol for the analysis of(More)
The conditions of treatment of human skeletal muscle fibers from M. vastus lateralis with saponin were optimized to achieve complete permeabilization of cell membrane at intact mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation. After 30 min of incubation with saponin all lactate dehydrogenase, 50% of creatine kinase, 30% of adenylate kinase and less than 20% of(More)
BACKGROUND Mitochondrial dysfunction and degradation takes a central role in current paradigms of neurodegeneration in Parkinson's disease (PD). Loss of DJ-1 function is a rare cause of familial PD. Although a critical role of DJ-1 in oxidative stress response and mitochondrial function has been recognized, the effects on mitochondrial dynamics and(More)
Macromolecules as components of the physiological mitochondrial environment were substituted by addition of 10% dextran 70. This led to a significant reduction of the space between the two envelope and the crista membranes and to an increase of contact sites as observed by freeze-fracture analysis. The preferential binding of hexokinase in these sites was(More)
Previous findings suggested specific mitochondrial dysfunction in skeletal muscle of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). To answer the question of whether the dysfunction is specific, we investigated the histochemical distribution of mitochondrial marker activities, the ratio of mitochondrial (mt) versus nuclear (n) DNA, and the activities of(More)
To investigate whether or not the mitochondrial intermembrane space together with the extramitochondrial space form a homogeneous pool for adenine nucleotides, rat-heart mitochondria were studied in reconstituted systems with pyruvate kinase and ADP-producing enzymes with varied localization. In the hexokinase system, ADP is produced extramitochondrially by(More)
The flux control coefficients of adenine nucleotide translocase, the phosphate transporter, and H(+)-ATPase were determined in rat skeletal muscle mitochondria using glutamate plus malate as substrates and soluble F1-ATPase as load enzyme. It was observed that the flux control coefficients of adenine nucleotide translocase, H(+)-ATPase, and the load enzyme(More)
Saponin-skinned human muscle fibers from M. vastus lateralis were immobilized in a quartz capillary to detect the fluorescence changes of NAD(P)H and of fluorescent flavoproteins. To get sufficient intense fluorescence signals from a small amount of muscle tissue the NAD(P)H fluorescence was excited by means of an HeCd laser at 325 nm and the flavoprotein(More)
Recent findings support the view that the bioenergetic part of septic organ failure is not caused by insufficient supply of oxygen but by disturbances of the mitochondrial function. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to investigate key enzymes of energy metabolism in septic hearts to answer the question whether or not impairment of mitochondrial or(More)