Abstract Title:

Melatonin modulates oxidative phosphorylation, hepatic and kidney autophagy-caused subclinical endotoxemia and acute ethanol-induced oxidative stress.

Abstract Source:

Chronobiol Int. 2020 Oct 27:1-16. Epub 2020 Oct 27. PMID: 33106037

Abstract Author(s):

Natalia Kurhaluk, Halyna Tkachenko, Oleksandr Lukash

Article Affiliation:

Natalia Kurhaluk


The study establishes a link between alcoholism, inflammation state, and melatonin synthesis. The aim of our study was to evaluate the effects of melatonin on changes in the relationships between oxygen consumption (using NADH- or FAD-generated substrates of mitochondrial respiration), activities of lysosomal enzymes, such as alanyl aminopeptidase (AAP), leucyl aminopeptidase (LAP),β-N-acetylglucosaminidase (NAG), and acid phosphatase (AcP), biomarkers of oxidative stress estimated by the 2-thiobarbituric acid reactive substance (TBARS) level as a biomarker of lipid peroxidation, carbonyl derivatives as biomarkers of oxidatively protein damage, and biomarkers of energy metabolism during acute ethanol-induced stress (AES), and a low-dose lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced inflammatory responses in mice. Biochemical assays of lysosomal enzymes, biomarkers of oxidative stress, and parameters of energy metabolism (activities of alanine- and aspartate aminotransferases, succinate dehydrogenase, levels of lactate and pyruvate) were carried out in eight groups: 1) untreated control, 2) melatonin treatment (Mel, 10 mg/kg b.w., 10 days), 3) acute ethanol-induced stress (AES, 0.75 g/kg b.w., 10 days), 4) AES model with previous Mel treatment (10 mg/kg b.w., 10 days), 5) LPS-induced inflammation (injected once intraperitoneally, 150 μg/mouse), 6) LPS-induced inflammation with previous Mel treatment (10 mg/kg b.w., 10 days), 7) LPS-induced inflammation with AES model, 8) LPS-induced inflammation with AES model and Mel treatment (10 mg/kg b.w., 10 days). Oxidativestress caused by acute ethanol-induced intoxication and low-dose LPS-induced inflammation lead to structural and functional impairments, with alterations in oxygen consumption more prominent in kidneys than liver. Melatonin treatment had significant effects on mitochondrial oxidation of the NADH-generated substrate, and it also decreased mitochondrial ability to oxidize FAD-generated substrate and mitochondrial coupling in both LPS- and AES-induced oxidative stress. Melatonin exerts significant effect on the oxidation of the NAD-generated substrates. The increased lipid peroxidation and De Ritis ratio suggest damage to intracellular membrane integrity with combined effects of ethanol and LPS-induced toxicity, which can potentially result in irreversible tissue damage. Melatonin prevents lysosomal destruction of liver tissue and, to greater extent, kidney tissue during AES with simultaneous LPS exposure by limiting increased activity of lysosomal enzymes and resulting oxidative stress.

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