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Title: The Mitochondrial Lon Protease Is Required for Age-Specific and Sex-Specific Adaptation to Oxidative Stress.

Authors: Pomatto, Laura C D; Carney, Caroline; Shen, Brenda; Wong, Sarah; Halaszynski, Kelly; Salomon, Matthew P; Davies, Kelvin J A; Tower, John

Published In Curr Biol, (2017 Jan 09)

Abstract: Multiple human diseases involving chronic oxidative stress show a significant sex bias, including neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, immune dysfunction, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. However, a possible molecular mechanism for the sex bias in physiological adaptation to oxidative stress remains unclear. Here, we report that Drosophila melanogaster females but not males adapt to hydrogen peroxide stress, whereas males but not females adapt to paraquat (superoxide) stress. Stress adaptation in each sex requires the conserved mitochondrial Lon protease and is associated with sex-specific expression of Lon protein isoforms and proteolytic activity. Adaptation to oxidative stress is lost with age in both sexes. Transgenic expression of transformer gene during development transforms chromosomal males into pseudo-females and confers the female-specific pattern of Lon isoform expression, Lon proteolytic activity induction, and H2O2 stress adaptation; these effects were also observed using adult-specific transformation. Conversely, knockdown of transformer in chromosomal females eliminates the female-specific Lon isoform expression, Lon proteolytic activity induction, and H2O2 stress adaptation and produces the male-specific paraquat (superoxide) stress adaptation. Sex-specific expression of alternative Lon isoforms was also observed in mouse tissues. The results develop Drosophila melanogaster as a model for sex-specific stress adaptation regulated by the Lon protease, with potential implications for understanding sexual dimorphism in human disease.

PubMed ID: 27916526 Exiting the NIEHS site

MeSH Terms: Adaptation, Physiological; Age Factors; Animals; Drosophila melanogaster/drug effects; Drosophila melanogaster/genetics; Drosophila melanogaster/growth & development; Drosophila melanogaster/physiology*; Female; Gene Expression Regulation, Enzymologic/drug effects; Herbicides/pharmacology; Hydrogen Peroxide/pharmacology; Male; Mitochondria/drug effects; Mitochondria/enzymology*; Mitochondria/pathology; Oxidants/pharmacology; Oxidative Stress*; Paraquat/pharmacology; Protease La/genetics; Protease La/metabolism*; Sex Factors

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