Mitochondrial Disorders in the Nervous System

Department of Neurology, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY 10032, USA.
Annual Review of Neuroscience (Impact Factor: 19.32). 02/2008; 31(1):91-123. DOI: 10.1146/annurev.neuro.30.051606.094302
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Mitochondrial diseases (encephalomyopathies) have traditionally been ascribed to defects of the respiratory chain, which has helped researchers explain their genetic and clinical complexity. However, other mitochondrial functions are greatly important for the nervous system, including protein importation, organellar dynamics, and programmed cell death. Defects in genes controlling these functions are attracting increasing attention as causes not only of neurological (and psychiatric) diseases but also of age-related neurodegenerative disorders. After discussing some pathogenic conundrums regarding the neurological manifestations of the respiratory chain defects, we review altered mitochondrial dynamics in the etiology of specific neurological diseases and in the physiopathology of more common neurodegenerative disorders.

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    • "A rendszer sérülésével tehát nagy valószínűséggel elégtelenné válik a IV-es respirációs komplex felépítésében és egy sor, eddig ismeretlen mitokondriális folyamatban szerepet játszó fehérje IMS-be, illetve mátrixba irányuló transzportja [30]. A mitokondriális rendellenességek pedig tipikusan a nagy energia-(ATP-) igényű szöveteket, az idegrendszert és a vázizomzatot érintő tünetekkel manifesztálódnak [33]. "
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    • "The term mitochondrial disease is generally ascribed to genetic diseases caused by defects in OXPHOS [5]. Recently, more and more neuromuscular diseases that are not directly linked with OXPHOS deficiency are considered mitochondrial diseases because of involvement of other mitochondrial processes like mitochondrial fusion/fission and mitochondrial protein importation [6]. Even though many mitochondrial diseases are multisystemic, the neuromuscular manifestations are usually the most prominent ones. "
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    PLoS ONE 08/2014; 9(8):e104237. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0104237 · 3.23 Impact Factor
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    • "In an effort to alleviate mitochondrial disease, recent research offers experimental clinical techniques aimed at preventing the transmission of mutant mtDNA [64, 65]. In patients with mitochondrial disease, the mutant mtDNA is either homoplasmic (all mtDNA copies are mutated) or heteroplasmic (both mutant and wild type mtDNA found in the same individual) [66]. The disease phenotypes are only present in patients with above-disease threshold level of mutant mtDNA. "
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