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Mitochondrial activities in human cultured skin fibroblasts contaminated by Mycoplasma hyorhinis.

Abstract : BACKGROUND: Mycoplasma contaminations are a recurrent problem in the use of cultured cells, including human cells, especially as it has been shown to impede cell cycle, triggering cell death under various conditions. More specific consequences on cell metabolism are poorly known. RESULTS: Here we report the lack of significant consequence of a heavy contamination by the frequently encountered mycoplasma strain, M. hyorhinis, on the determination of respiratory chain activities, but the potential interference when assaying citrate synthase. Contamination by M. hyorhinis was detected by fluorescent imaging and further quantified by the determination of the mycoplasma-specific phosphate acetyltransferase activity. Noticeably, this latter activity was not found equally distributed in various mycoplasma types, being exceptionally high in M. hyorhinis. CONCLUSION: While we observed a trend for respiration reduction in heavily contaminated cells, no significant and specific targeting of any respiratory chain components could be identified. This suggested a potential interference with cell metabolism rather than direct interaction with respiratory chain components.
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Niklas Darin, Norman Kadhom, Jean-Jacques Brière, Dominique Chretien, Cécile M. Bébéar, et al.. Mitochondrial activities in human cultured skin fibroblasts contaminated by Mycoplasma hyorhinis.. BMC Biochemistry, BioMed Central, 2003, 4, pp.15. ⟨10.1186/1471-2091-4-15⟩. ⟨inserm-00114072⟩



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