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MitoPedia: Uncouplers

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» Definition: Uncoupler (U)
» O2k-Publications: Uncoupler, »Coupling efficiency;uncoupling
TermAbbreviationDescription
BAM15BAM152-fluorophenyl){6-[(2-fluorophenyl)amino](1,2,5-oxadiazolo[3,4-e]pyrazin-5-yl)}amine (BAM15) is a protonophore or uncoupler of oxidative phosphorylation detected in a screen for uncoupling agents exerting less toxicity than commonly used uncouplers and first described by Kennwood et al. 2013. In their comparison of BAM15 with FCCP it was shown to increase oxygen flux to a similar extent as the classical uncoupler, to display a much broader range of concentrations inducing maximum respiration, to stimulate no formation of H2O2, to leave cellular membrane potential unaffected, and to ultimately exert less cytotoxicity.
Carbonyl cyanide m-chlorophenyl hydrazoneCCCPCarbonyl cyanide m-chlorophenyl hydrazone, CCCP (U; C9H5ClN4; FW = 204.62) is a protonophore (H+ ionophore) and is used as a potent chemical uncoupler of oxidative phosphorylation. Like all uncouplers, CCCP concentrations must be titrated carefully to evaluated the optimum concentration for maximum stimulation of mitochondrial respiration, particularly to avoid inhibition of respiration at higher CCCP concentrations.
DinitrophenoleDNP2,4-dinitrophenole (C6H4N2O5; FW = 184.11) is a protonophore acting as an uncoupler of oxidative phosphorylation.
ET capacityEE.jpg ET capacity is the respiratory electron transfer-pathway capacity, E, of mitochondria measured as oxygen consumption in the noncoupled state at optimum uncoupler concentration. This optimum concentration is obtained by stepwise titration of an established protonophore to induce maximum oxygen flux as the determinant of ET capacity. The experimentally induced noncoupled state at optimum uncoupler concentration is thus distinguished from (i) a wide range of uncoupled states at any experimental uncoupler concentration, (ii) physiological uncoupled states controlled by intrinsic uncoupling (e.g. UCP1 in brown fat), and (iii) pathological dyscoupled states indicative of mitochondrial injuries or toxic effects of pharmacological or environmental substances. ET capacity in mitochondrial preparations requires the addition of defined fuel substrates to establish an ET-pathway competent state. » MiPNet article
FCCPFCCPFCCP (Carbonyl cyanide p-trifluoro-methoxyphenyl hydrazone, C10H5F3N4O) is a protonophore or uncoupler: added at uncoupler concentration Uc; c is the optimum uncoupler concentration in titrations to obtain maximum mitochondrial respiration in the noncoupled state of ET-capacity.
Metabolic control variableXA metabolic control variable, X, causes the transition between a background state, YX, and a reference state, ZX. X may be a stimulator or activator of flux, inducing the step change from background to reference steady state (Y to Z). Alternatively, X may be an inhibitor of flux, absent in the reference state but present in the background state (step change from Z to Y).
Noncoupled respirationEE.jpg Noncoupled respiration is distinguished from general (pharmacological or mechanical) uncoupled respiration, to give a label to an effort to reach the state of maximum uncoupler-activated respiration without inhibiting respiration. Noncoupled respiration, therefore, yields an estimate of ET capacity. Experimentally uncoupled respiration may fail to yield an estimate of ET capacity, due to inhibition of respiration above optimum uncoupler concentrations or insufficient stimulation by sub-optimal uncoupler concentrations. Optimum uncoupler concentrations for evaluation of (noncoupled) ET capacity require inhibitor titrations (Steinlechner-Maran 1996 Am J Physiol Cell Physiol; Huetter 2004 Biochem J; Gnaiger 2008 POS).

Noncoupled respiration is maximum electron flow in an open-transmembrane proton circuit mode of operation (see ET capacity).

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Perfluorooctanoic acidPFOAPerfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is a metabolically inert perfluorinated fatty acid which activates UCP1 in brown-fat mitochondria. UCP1-dependent respiration can be stimulated with 600 μM PFOA after inhibition of the phosphorylation system.
Proton slipProton slip is a property of the proton pumps (Complexes CI, CIII, and CIV) when the proton slips back to the matrix side within the proton pumping process. Slip is different from the proton leak, which depends on Δp and is a property of the inner mt-membrane (including the boundaries between membrane-spanning proteins and the lipid phase). Slip is an uncoupling process that depends mainly on flux and contributes to a reduction in the biochemical coupling efficiency of ATP production and oxygen consumption. Together with proton leak and cation cycling, proton slip is compensated for by LEAK respiration or LEAK oxygen flux, L. Compare: Proton leak.
SF 6847SF6847SF 6847 (C18H22N2O), also known as tyrphostin A9 or malonoben, is a protonophore and a very potent uncoupler of oxidative phosphorylation, being used in the nM range. Like all uncouplers, SF 6847 concentrations must be titrated carefully to evaluated the optimum concentration for maximum stimulation of mitochondrial respiration, particularly to avoid inhibition of respiration at higher concentrations.
State 3uEE.jpg Noncoupled state of ET-capacity. State 3u (u for uncoupled) has been used frequently in bioenergetics, without sufficient emphasis (e.g. Villani et al 1998) on the fundamental difference between OXPHOS capacity (P, coupled with an uncoupled contribution; State 3) and noncoupled ET-capacity (E; State 3u) (Gnaiger 2009; Rasmussen and Rasmussen 2000).
Substrate-uncoupler-inhibitor titrationSUITMitochondrial Substrate-uncoupler-inhibitor titration (SUIT) protocols are used with mitochondrial preparations to study respiratory control in a sequence of coupling and substrates states induced by multiple titrations within a single experimental assay.
Tetrachloro-2-trifluoromethylbenzimidazoleTTFB4,5,6,7-Tetrachloro-2-trifluoromethylbenzimidazole is a protonophore or uncoupler of oxidative phosphorylation.
UncouplerUAn uncoupler is a protonophore (CCCP, FCCP, DNP) which cycles across the inner mt-membrane with transport of protons and dissipation of the electrochemical proton gradient. Mild uncoupling may be induced at low uncoupler concentrations, the noncoupled state of ET-capacity is obtained at optimum uncoupler concentration for maximum flux, whereas at higher concentrations an uncoupler-induced inhibition is observed.
Uncoupler titrationsIn uncoupler titrations various uncouplers, such as CCCP, FCCP or DNP are applied to uncouple mitochondrial electron transfer from phosphorylation (ATP synthase, ANT and phosphate transporter), particularly with the aim to measure ET-capacity. ET-capacity is maximum oxygen flux measured as noncoupled respiration with optimum uncoupler concentration.
Uncoupling protein 1UCP1Uncoupling protein 1 (UCP1) is also called thermogenin and is predominantly found in brown adipose tissue (BAT). UCP1 belongs to the gene family of uncoupling proteins. It is vital for the maintenance of body temperature, especially for small mammals. As the essential component of non-shivering thermogenesis, it possesses the ability to build and open a pore in the inner mitochondrial membrane through which protons may flow along their electrochemical gradient, generated by respiration, bypassing the ATP-producing re-entry site at the F1F0-ATP synthase. Thereby the energy stored in the electrochemical gradient is dissipated as heat.
Uncoupling protein 2UCP2Uncoupling protein 2 (UCP2) belongs to the gene family of uncoupling proteins. Whereas UCP1 acts as an uncoupler, this may not be the case for UCP2.
Uncoupling proteinsUCPUncoupling proteins (UCPs) are mitochondrial anion carrier proteins that can be found in the inner mitochondrial membranes of animals and plants. UCP1 acts as an uncoupler by dissipating the electrochemical proton gradient (mitochondrial membrane potential), generated by the electron transfer-pathway by pumping protons from the mitochondrial matrix to the mitochondrial intermembrane space.


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