Regulation of mitochondrial biogenesis and its intersection with inflammatory responses.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

SIGNIFICANCE: Mitochondria play a vital role in cellular homeostasis and are susceptible to damage from inflammatory mediators released by the host defense. Cellular recovery depends, in part, on mitochondrial quality control programs, including mitochondrial biogenesis. RECENT ADVANCES: Early-phase inflammatory mediator proteins interact with PRRs to activate NF-κB-, MAPK-, and PKB/Akt-dependent pathways, resulting in increased expression or activity of coactivators and transcription factors (e.g., PGC-1α, NRF-1, NRF-2, and Nfe2l2) that regulate mitochondrial biogenesis. Inflammatory upregulation of NOS2-induced NO causes mitochondrial dysfunction, but NO is also a signaling molecule upregulating mitochondrial biogenesis via PGC-1α, participating in Nfe2l2-mediated antioxidant gene expression and modulating inflammation. NO and reactive oxygen species generated by the host inflammatory response induce the redox-sensitive HO-1/CO system, causing simultaneous induction of mitochondrial biogenesis and antioxidant gene expression. CRITICAL ISSUES: Recent evidence suggests that mitochondrial biogenesis and mitophagy are coupled through redox pathways; for instance, parkin, which regulates mitophagy in chronic inflammation, may also modulate mitochondrial biogenesis and is upregulated through NF-κB. Further research on parkin in acute inflammation is ongoing. This highlights certain common features of the host response to acute and chronic inflammation, but caution is warranted in extrapolating findings across inflammatory conditions. FUTURE DIRECTIONS: Inflammatory mitochondrial dysfunction and oxidative stress initiate further inflammatory responses through DAMP/PRR interactions and by inflammasome activation, stimulating mitophagy. A deeper understanding of mitochondrial quality control programs' impact on intracellular inflammatory signaling will improve our approach to the restoration of mitochondrial homeostasis in the resolution of acute inflammation.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cherry, AD; Piantadosi, CA

Published Date

  • April 20, 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 22 / 12

Start / End Page

  • 965 - 976

PubMed ID

  • 25556935

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4390030

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1557-7716

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1089/ars.2014.6200


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States