Monika Löffler

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Inflammatory alterations in white adipose tissue appear to underlie complications of obesity including diabetes mellitus. Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), particularly those of the n−3 series, modulate immune responses and may ameliorate insulin sensitivity. In this study, we investigated how PUFA affect white adipose tissue inflammation and gene(More)
Diazoxide and 5-hydroxydecanoate (5-HD; C10:0) are reputed to target specifically mitochondrial ATP-sensitive K(+) (K(ATP)) channels. Here we describe K(ATP) channel-independent targets of diazoxide and 5-HD in the heart. Using submitochondrial particles isolated from pig heart, we found that diazoxide (10-100 microM) dose-dependently decreased succinate(More)
Pyrimidines and purine (deoxy)nucleotides are the building blocks of DNA and RNA. Nucleoside diphosphate sugars, e.g. UDP-glucose, are the reactive intermediates in the synthesis of nearly all glycosidic bonds between sugars. In mammals the requirement for pyrimidines is met by UMP de novo synthesis and, to a greater or lesser extent, by salvage of free(More)
The isoxazol leflunomide (N-(4-trifluoromethylphenyl)-5-methylisoxazol-4-carboxamide) and its active metabolite A77-1726 (N-(4-trifluoromethyl)-phenyl-2-cyano-3-hydroxy-crotonic acidamide) are promising disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs now in clinical trials. The malononitrilamides MNA279 (2-cyano-3-cyclopropyl-3-oxo-(4-cyanophenyl)propionamide)(More)
Human mitochondrial dihydroorotate dehydrogenase (the fourth enzyme of pyrimidine de novo synthesis) has been overproduced by means of a recombinant baculovirus that contained the human cDNA fragment for this protein. After virus infection and protein expression in Trichoplusia ni cells (BTI-Tn-5B1-4), the subcellular distribution of the recombinant(More)
Mammalian dihydroorotate dehydrogenase, the fourth enzyme of pyrimidine de novo synthesis is an integral protein of the inner mitochondrial membrane that faces the intermembrane space and is functionally connected to the respiratory chain via ubiquinone. Here, we describe the first cloning and analyzing of the complete cDNA of mouse dihydroorotate(More)
In the present study we have used flow cytometric DNA measurements on synchronised human NHIK 3025 cells to measure cell cycle progression under various conditions of reduced oxygenation. Our data indicate that addition of 0.1 mM deoxycytidine or uridine has no effect on the oxygen-dependent arrest in late G1 or on the inhibition of cell proliferation(More)
Genes for two structurally and functionally different dihydroorotate dehydrogenases (DHODHs, EC, catalyzing the fourth step of pyrimidine biosynthesis, have been previously found in yeast Saccharomyces kluyveri. One is closely related to the Schizosaccharomyces pombe mitochondrial family 2 enzymes, which use quinones as direct and oxygen as the(More)
Objective:Obesity is associated with reduced insulin sensitivity and extensive reorganization of adipose tissue. As polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) appear to inhibit diabetes development, we investigated PUFA effects on markers of matrix remodeling in white adipose tissue.Methods and procedure:Male obese diabetic (db/db) mice were treated with either a(More)