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Laboratory of Bioenergetics and Biomembranes


Aneta CZYŻ, Dorota DYMKOWSKA, Rafal KOZIEŁ, Joanna SZCZEPANOWSKA, Mariusz R. WIĘCKOWSKI, Lech WOJTCZAK, Katarzyna CZAJKA (PhD student), Magdalena LEBIEDZIŃSKA (PhD student), Marta WOJEWODA (PhD student), Violetta BIERNAT (technician)

Research profile

Mitochondria energy metabolism and energy coupling; transport of ions and metabolites in mitochondria; calcium homeostasis in normal and malignant cells; oxidative stress; p66Shc and aging; mitochondrial deseases; regulation of the plasma membram calcium permeability, capacitatve calcium entry; metabolic control at the cellular and sub cellular levels; cytoskeleton and mitochondrial organization; the role of mitochondria in apoptosis.

Current research activities

  • regulation of calcium homeostasis in electrically non-excitable cells. The role of mitochondria in control of Ca2+ influx through CRAC (Calcium Released Activated Current) channel in Jurkat cells. The role of PAM (Plasma Membrane Associated Membranes) in capacitative calcium influx;
  • effect of mitochondrial genetic defects on cell structure, mitochondrial energy state and calcium homeostasis in human osteosarcoma (cybrids and Rho0 cells) and human fibroblasts (primary culture);
  • the role of p66Shc protein in oxidative stress and aging;
  • metabolic and genetic mitochondrial stress in human osteosarcoma cells - effect of selenium;
  • effect of quinolone antibiotics (e.g. ciprofloxacin) on Jurkat cell viability, mitochondrial DNA damage, cellular energy metabolism and calcium homeostasis;
  • role of mitochondria in apoptosis: mechanism(s) of cytochrome c release from mitochondria; the role of contact sites between the outer and the inner mitochondrial membranes; fatty acids and their derivatives in apoptosis; dependence on chain length and the degree of unsaturation; pro- and anti-apoptotic effects of N-acylethanoalmines;
  • mechanisms of the protonophoric and ionophoric functions of fatty acids in mitochondria: role of anion carrier proteins of the inner mitochondrial membrane; fatty acids as openers of the mitochondrial permeability transition pore (PTP).

Selected publications

Lebiedzinska, M., Szabadkai, G., Jones, A.W., Duszyński, J. and Więckowski, M.R. (2009) Interactions between the endoplasmic reticulum, mitochondria, plasma membrane and other subcellular organelles. Int J Biochem Cell Biol., 41:1805-16.

Lebiedzinska, M., Duszyński, J., Rozzuto, R., Pinton, P. and Więckowski, M.R.. (2009) Age-related changes in levels of p66Shc and serine 36-phosphorylated p66Shc in organs and mouse tissues. Arch Biochem Biophys., 486:73-80.

Więckowski, M.R., Giorgi, C., Lebiedzinska, M., Duszyński, J. and Pinton, P. (2009) Isolation of mitochondria-associated membranes and mitochondria from animal tissues and cells. Nat Protoc., 4(11):1582-90.

Wojewoda M.,  Duszyński, J. and  Szczepanowska, J. (2010) Mitochondrial biogenesis in human osteosarcoma cells with chronic mitochondrial stress. Bioch. Biophys. Acta - Bioenergetics, accepted.

Lebiedzińska, M., Karkucinska-Więckowska, A., Giorgi, C., Karczmarewicz, E., Pronicka, E.,  Pinton,P.,  Duszyński, J., Pronicki, M. and Więckowski, M.R. (2010) Oxidative stress-dependent p66Shc phosphorylation in skin fibroblasts of children with mitochondrial disorders. Bioch. Biophys. Acta - Bioenergetics, accepted.

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