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Biochim Biophys Acta. 2011 Apr;1813(4):623-33. doi: 10.1016/j.bbamcr.2010.08.007. Epub 2010 Aug 21.

Mitophagy and Parkinson's disease: the PINK1-parkin link.

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  • 1Department of Molecular Neuroscience, UCL Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London, UK. edeas@ion.ucl.ac.uk


The study of rare, inherited mutations underlying familial forms of Parkinson's disease has provided insight into the molecular mechanisms of disease pathogenesis. Mutations in these genes have been functionally linked to several key molecular pathways implicated in other neurodegenerative disorders, including mitochondrial dysfunction, protein accumulation and the autophagic-lysosomal pathway. In particular, the mitochondrial kinase PINK1 and the cytosolic E3 ubiquitin ligase parkin act in a common pathway to regulate mitochondrial function. In this review we discuss the recent evidence suggesting that the PINK1/parkin pathway also plays a critical role in the autophagic removal of damaged mitochondria-mitophagy. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled Mitochondria: the deadly organelle.

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