Kake-Guena 2015 J Exp Zool A Ecol Genet Physiol

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Kake-Guena SA, Touisse K, Vergilino R, Dufresne F, Blier PU, Lemieux H1 (2015) Assessment of mitochondrial functions in Daphnia pulex clones using high-resolution respirometry. J Exp Zool A Ecol Genet Physiol 323:292-300.

» PMID: 25865816

Kake-Guena SA, Touisse K, Vergilino R, Dufresne F, Blier PU, Lemieux H (2015) J Exp Zool A Ecol Genet Physiol

Abstract: The objectives of our study were to adapt a method to measure mitochondrial function in intact mitochondria from the small crustacean Daphnia pulex and to validate if this method was sensitive enough to characterize mitochondrial metabolism in clones of the pulex complex differing in ploidy levels, mitochondrial DNA haplotypes, and geographic origins. Daphnia clones belonging to the Daphnia pulex complex represent a powerful model to delineate the link between mitochondrial DNA evolution and mitochondrial phenotypes, as single genotypes with divergent mtDNA can be grown under various experimental conditions. Our study included two diploid clones from temperate environments and two triploid clones from subarctic environments. The whole animal permeabilization and measurement of respiration with high-resolution respirometry enabled the measurement of the functional capacity of specific mitochondrial complexes in four clones. When expressing the activity as ratios, our method detected significant interclonal variations. In the triploid subarctic clone from Kuujjurapik, a higher proportion of the maximal physiological oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) capacity of mitochondria was supported by Complex II, and a lower proportion by Complex I. The triploid subarctic clone from Churchill (Manitoba) showed the lowest proportion of the maximal OXPHOS supported by Complex II. Additional studies are required to determine if these differences in mitochondrial functions are related to differences in mitochondrial haplotypes or ploidy level and if they might be associated with fitness divergences and therefore selective value.


O2k-Network Lab: CA Rimouski Blier PU, CA Edmonton Lemieux H


Labels: MiParea: Respiration, Instruments;methods, mtDNA;mt-genetics, Comparative MiP;environmental MiP 


Organism: Crustaceans 

Preparation: Permeabilized tissue 


Coupling state: LEAK, OXPHOS  Pathway: N, S, CIV, NS, ROX  HRR: Oxygraph-2k 

Permeabilized organisms