Michael J. Bennett

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Mitochondria are complex organelles with a highly dynamic distribution and internal organization. Here, we demonstrate that mitofilin, a previously identified mitochondrial protein of unknown function, controls mitochondrial cristae morphology. Mitofilin is enriched in the narrow space between the inner boundary and the outer membranes, where it forms a(More)
Fatty liver disease is associated with obesity and type 2 diabetes, and hepatic lipid accumulation may contribute to insulin resistance. Histone deacetylase 3 (Hdac3) controls the circadian rhythm of hepatic lipogenesis. Here we show that, despite severe hepatosteatosis, mice with liver-specific depletion of Hdac3 have higher insulin sensitivity without any(More)
OBJECTIVES Hyperglycemia and elevated blood lipids are the presumed precipitating causes of β-cell damage in T2DM as the result of a process termed "glucolipotoxicity". Here, we tested whether glucolipotoxic pathophysiology is caused by defective bioenergetics using islets in culture. METHODS Insulin secretion, respiration, ATP generation, fatty acid (FA)(More)
Recent evidence has defined an important role for PPARalpha in the transcriptional control of cardiac energy metabolism. To investigate the role of PPARalpha in the genesis of the metabolic and functional derangements of diabetic cardiomyopathy, mice with cardiac-restricted overexpression of PPARalpha (MHC-PPAR) were produced and characterized. The(More)
The neuronal ceroid-lipofuscinoses (Batten disease) are a group of severe neurodegenerative disorders characterized clinically by visual loss, seizures and psychomotor degeneration, and pathologically by loss of neurons and lysosomal accumulation of autofluorescent storage material resembling ageing pigment. To date, eight genetic loci have been identified(More)
A female patient is described with combined deficiency of sulphite, zanthine and aldehyde oxidase. She presented at the age of four weeks with intractable seizures. Initially the diagnosis was suspected because of a very low serum urate level (23 mumol/1-1). This condition can be easily missed and it is proposed that measurement of serum urate be included(More)
BACKGROUND Short-chain enoyl-CoA hydratase (SCEH, encoded by ECHS1) catalyzes hydration of 2-trans-enoyl-CoAs to 3(S)-hydroxy-acyl-CoAs. SCEH has a broad substrate specificity and is believed to play an important role in mitochondrial fatty acid oxidation and in the metabolism of branched-chain amino acids. Recently, the first patients with SCEH deficiency(More)
Ipsilateral and contralateral acoustic reflexes were studied in neonates using 220 and 660 Hz probe tones and 500, 1000, 2000, and 4000 Hz activators. Activator sound pressure level was measured in all ears. Ipsilateral and contralateral reflexes were detected three times more frequently with a 660 Hz probe tone than with a 220 Hz probe tone. The maximum(More)
BACKGROUND There is considerable interest in rapid assays or screening systems for assigning gene function. However, analysis of gene function in the flowers of some species is restricted due to the difficulty of producing stably transformed transgenic plants. As a result, experimental approaches based on transient gene expression assays are frequently(More)
OBJECTIVE Batten's disease, one of the most common recessively inherited, untreatable, neurodegenerative diseases of humans, is characterized by progressive neuronal loss and intraneuronal proteolipid storage. Although the gene for the disorder was cloned more than a decade ago, the function of the encoded protein, CLN3P, has not been defined thus far. (More)