Publications by authors named "Bruno Evaristo de Almeida Fantinatti"

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Maternal protein restriction changes structural and metabolic gene expression in the skeletal muscle of aging offspring rats.

Histol Histopathol 2021 Apr 12:18337. Epub 2021 Apr 12.

Department of Structural and Functional Biology, Institute of Biosciences, São Paulo State University (UNESP), Botucatu, São Paulo, Brazil.

Maternal protein restriction affects postnatal skeletal muscle physiology with impacts that last through senility. To investigate the morphological and molecular characteristics of skeletal muscle in aging rats subjected to maternal protein restriction, we used aged male rats (540 days old) born of dams fed a protein restricted diet (6% protein) during pregnancy and lactation. Using morphological, immunohistochemical and molecular analyses, we evaluated the soleus (SOL) and extensor digitorum longus (EDL) muscles, muscle fiber cross-sectional area (CSA) (n=8), muscle fiber frequency (n=5) and the gene expression (n=8) of the oxidative markers (succinate dehydrogenase-Sdha and citrate synthase-CS) and the glycolytic marker (lactate dehydrogenase-Ldha). Global transcriptome analysis (n=3) was also performed to identify differentially regulated genes, followed by gene expression validation (n=8). The oxidative SOL muscle displayed a decrease in muscle fiber CSA (*p<0.05) and in the expression of oxidative metabolism marker Sdha (***p<0.001), upregulation of the anabolic Igf-1 (**p<0.01), structural Chad (**p<0.01), and Fmod (*p<0.05) genes, and downregulation of the Hspb7 (**p<0.01) gene. The glycolytic EDL muscle exhibited decreased IIA (*p<0.05) and increased IIB (*p<0.05) fiber frequency, and no changes in muscle fiber CSA or in the expression of oxidative metabolism genes. In contrast, the gene expression of Chad (**p<0.01) was upregulated and the Myog (**p<0.01) gene was downregulated. Collectively, our morphological, immunohistochemical and molecular analyses showed that maternal protein restriction induced changes in the expression of metabolic, anabolic, myogenic, and structural genes, mainly in the oxidative SOL muscle, in aged offspring rats.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.14670/HH-18-337DOI Listing
April 2021

Prolonged fasting followed by refeeding modifies proteome profile and parvalbumin expression in the fast-twitch muscle of pacu (Piaractus mesopotamicus).

PLoS One 2019 19;14(12):e0225864. Epub 2019 Dec 19.

Department of Morphology, Institute of Bioscience of Botucatu, São Paulo State University (UNESP), Botucatu, São Paulo, Brazil.

Here, we analyzed the fast-twitch muscle of juvenile Piaractus mesopotamicus (pacu) submitted to prolonged fasting (30d) and refeeding (6h, 24h, 48h and 30d). We measured the relative rate of weight and length increase (RRIlength and RRIweight), performed shotgun proteomic analysis and did Western blotting for PVALB after 30d of fasting and 30d of refeeding. We assessed the gene expression of igf-1, mafbx and pvalb after 30d of fasting and after 6h, 24h, 48h and 30d of refeeding. We performed a bioinformatic analysis to predict miRNAs that possibly control parvalbumin expression. After fasting, RRIlength, RRIweight and igf-1 expression decreased, while the mafbx expression increased, which suggest that prolonged fasting caused muscle atrophy. After 6h and 24h of refeeding, mafbx was not changed and igf-1 was downregulated, while after 48h of refeeding mafbx was downregulated and igf-1 was not changed. After 30d of refeeding, RRIlength and RRIweight were increased and igf-1 and mafbx expression were not changed. Proteomic analysis identified 99 proteins after 30d of fasting and 71 proteins after 30d of refeeding, of which 23 and 17, respectively, were differentially expressed. Most of these differentially expressed proteins were related to cytoskeleton, muscle contraction, and metabolism. Among these, parvalbumin (PVALB) was selected for further validation. The analysis showed that pvalb mRNA was downregulated after 6h and 24h of refeeding, but was not changed after 30d of fasting or 48h and 30d of refeeding. The Western blotting confirmed that PVALB protein was downregulated after 30d of fasting and 30d of refeeding. The downregulation of the protein and the unchanged expression of the mRNA after 30d of fasting and 30d of refeeding suggest a post-transcriptional regulation of PVALB. Our miRNA analysis predicted 444 unique miRNAs that may target pvalb. In conclusion, muscle atrophy and partial compensatory growth caused by prolonged fasting followed by refeeding affected the muscle proteome and PVALB expression.
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6922423PMC
March 2020

The combination of resveratrol and exercise enhances muscle growth characteristics in pacu (Piaractus mesopotamicus).

Comp Biochem Physiol A Mol Integr Physiol 2019 09 8;235:46-55. Epub 2019 May 8.

Department of Morphology, Institute of Bioscience, Sao Paulo State University, UNESP, Botucatu, SP, Brazil; Aquaculture Center, CAUNESP, Sao Paulo State University, UNESP, Jaboticabal, SP, Brazil. Electronic address:

Pacu is a tropical fish with important value to aquaculture. During cellular metabolism, reactive oxygen species (ROS) are produced, which can influence muscle growth. Resveratrol is an effective antioxidant that scavenges ROS and can modulate physical performance preventing oxidative stress. We investigated the effects of resveratrol and exercise on pacu muscle growth characteristics. Four groups were used: fish fed with control diet /without exercise (C); fish fed with control diet/subjected to exercise (CE); fish fed resveratrol-supplemented diet/without exercise (R); and fish fed resveratrol-supplemented diet/subjected to exercise (RE). At 30 days, the RE group presented a significant increase in body weight, fewer muscle fibers in the 20-40 μm and more fibers in the >60 μm diameter class compared to the C group. At day 7, catalase activity decreased in CE and RE groups. Superoxide dismutase activity decreased only in the CE group. Myod and mtor gene expression was higher in R and RE and igf-1 was up-regulated in the RE group. Murf1a level decreased in CE, R, and RE, while sdha expression was higher in the RE group. We suggest that resveratrol in combination with exercise was beneficial for muscle growth and metabolism, increasing the expression levels of genes related to muscle anabolism and oxidative metabolism, besides the decrease of catabolic gene expression. Notably, all of these changes occurred together with muscle hypertrophy and increased body weight. Our results show a positive application for resveratrol in association with exercise as a strategy to improve the growth performance of juvenile pacus.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cbpa.2019.05.002DOI Listing
September 2019

Epigenetic DNA Modifications Are Correlated With B Chromosomes and Sex in the Cichlid .

Front Genet 2019 12;10:324. Epub 2019 Apr 12.

Integrative Genomics Laboratory, Department of Morphology, Institute of Biosciences, São Paulo State University - Universidade Estadual Paulista, Botucatu, Brazil.

Supernumerary B chromosomes are dispensable elements found in several groups of eukaryotes, and their impacts in host organisms are not clear. The cichlid fish presents one or two large metacentric B chromosomes. These elements affect the transcription of several classes of RNAs. Here, we evaluated the epigenetic DNA modification status of B chromosomes using immunocytogenetics and assessed the impact of B chromosome presence on the global contents of 5-methylcytosine (5mC) and 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC) and the molecular mechanisms underlying these variations. We found that the B chromosome of has an active pattern of DNA epimarks, and its presence promotes the loss of 5mC in gonads of females with B chromosome (FB+) and promotes the loss of 5hmC in the muscle of males with the B element (MB+). Based on the transcriptional quantification of DNA modification genes (, and ) and their candidate regulators ( genes, microRNAs, and long non-coding RNAs) and on RNA-protein interaction prediction, we suggest the occurrence of passive demethylation in gonads of FB+ and 5hmC loss by Tet inhibition or by 5hmC oxidation in MB+ muscle. We suggest that these results can also explain the previously reported variations in the transcription levels of several classes of RNA depending on B chromosome presence. The DNA modifications detected here are also influenced by sex. Although the correlation between B chromosomes and sex has been previously reported, it remains unexplained. The B chromosome of seems to be active and impacts cell physiology in a very complex way, including at the epigenetic level.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fgene.2019.00324DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6474290PMC
April 2019

Food restriction increase the expression of mTORC1 complex genes in the skeletal muscle of juvenile pacu (Piaractus mesopotamicus).

PLoS One 2017 15;12(5):e0177679. Epub 2017 May 15.

Department of Morphology, Institute of Bioscience of Botucatu, São Paulo State University, Botucatu, São Paulo, Brazil.

Skeletal muscle is capable of phenotypic adaptation to environmental factors, such as nutrient availability, by altering the balance between muscle catabolism and anabolism that in turn coordinates muscle growth. Small noncoding RNAs, known as microRNAs (miRNAs), repress the expression of target mRNAs, and many studies have demonstrated that miRNAs regulate the mRNAs of catabolic and anabolic genes. We evaluated muscle morphology, gene expression of components involved in catabolism, anabolism and energetic metabolism and miRNAs expression in both the fast and slow muscle of juvenile pacu (Piaractus mesopotamicus) during food restriction and refeeding. Our analysis revealed that short periods of food restriction followed by refeeding predominantly affected fast muscle, with changes in muscle fiber diameter and miRNAs expression. There was an increase in the mRNA levels of catabolic pathways components (FBXO25, ATG12, BCL2) and energetic metabolism-related genes (PGC1α and SDHA), together with a decrease in PPARβ/δ mRNA levels. Interestingly, an increase in mRNA levels of anabolic genes (PI3K and mTORC1 complex: mTOR, mLST8 and RAPTOR) was also observed during food restriction. After refeeding, muscle morphology showed similar patterns of the control group; the majority of genes were slightly up- or down-regulated in fast and slow muscle, respectively; the levels of all miRNAs increased in fast muscle and some of them decreased in slow muscle. Our findings demonstrated that a short period of food restriction in juvenile pacu had a considerable impact on fast muscle, increasing the expression of anabolic (PI3K and mTORC1 complex: mTOR, mLST8 and RAPTOR) and energetic metabolism genes. The miRNAs (miR-1, miR-206, miR-199 and miR-23a) were more expressed during refeeding and while their target genes (IGF-1, mTOR, PGC1α and MAFbx), presented a decreased expression. The alterations in mTORC1 complex observed during fasting may have influenced the rates of protein synthesis by using amino acids from protein degradation as an alternative mechanism to preserve muscle phenotype and metabolic demand maintenance.
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5432107PMC
September 2017
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