Kraytsberg, Y. et al. Mitochondrial DNA deletions are abundant and cause functional impairment in aged human substantia nigra neurons. Nat. Genet. 38, 518-520

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts 02215, USA.
Nature Genetics (Impact Factor: 29.35). 06/2006; 38(5):518-20. DOI: 10.1038/ng1778
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Using a novel single-molecule PCR approach to quantify the total burden of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) molecules with deletions, we show that a high proportion of individual pigmented neurons in the aged human substantia nigra contain very high levels of mtDNA deletions. Molecules with deletions are largely clonal within each neuron; that is, they originate from a single deleted mtDNA molecule that has expanded clonally. The fraction of mtDNA deletions is significantly higher in cytochrome c oxidase (COX)-deficient neurons than in COX-positive neurons, suggesting that mtDNA deletions may be directly responsible for impaired cellular respiration.

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    • "Furthermore, several relatively common aging-related diseases appear to have a mitochondrial component. For example, mitochondrial dysfunction is a hallmark of b-amyloidinduced neural toxicity in Alzheimer's disease (Lustbader et al. 2004; Tillement et al. 2011); Parkinson's disease patients, as well as elderly individuals, have the burden of mtDNA deletions within substantia nigra neurons (Bender et al. 2006; Kraytsberg et al. 2006); cardiovascular disease is associated with increased production of ROS in mitochondria, accumulation of mtDNA damage, and progressive respiratory chain dysfunction (Madamanchi and Runge 2007; Mercer et al. 2010); and mitochondrial dysfunction characterized by reduced ATP generation appears to have a causal role in features of type 2 diabetes (insulin resistance and hyperglycemia ) (Lowell and Shulman 2005). Declining mitochondrial function over the lifetime of an organism has been shown by several lines of evidence (Corral-Debrinski et al. 1992; Vendelbo and Nair 2011; Chistiakov et al. 2014). "
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    • "MtDNA deletions are frequently associated with three syndromes: Pearson syndrome, Kearns–Sayre syndrome (KSS), and chronic progressive external ophthalmoplegia (cPEO) (Zeviani et al., 1988; Moraes et al., 1989; Rotig et al., 1990). Moreover, many studies have shown that mtDNA deletions accumulate with aging and are mainly linked to nervous system disorders (Cortopassi et al., 1992; Bender et al., 2006; Kraytsberg et al., 2006). Increased levels of mtDNA deletions have been found in the brains of elderly individuals and in heart tissue affected by coronary atherosclerosis (Corral-Debrinski et al., 1992a, 1992b). "

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