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J Neurochem. 2000 Oct;75(4):1681-4.

Mitochondrial dysfunction in cybrid lines expressing mitochondrial genes from patients with progressive supranuclear palsy.

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Center for the Study of Neurodegenerative Diseases, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, Virginia 22908, USA. rhs7e@virginia.edu

Abstract

Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) is a neurodegenerative movement disorder of unknown etiology. We hypothesized that mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) aberration could occur in this disease and contribute to its pathogenesis. To address this we created transmitochondrial cytoplasmic hybrid (cybrid) cell lines expressing mitochondrial genes from persons with PSP. The presence of cybrid mtDNA aberration was screened for by biochemical assay of mitochondrial gene products. Relative to a control cybrid set, complex I activity was reduced in PSP cybrid lines (p<0.005). Antioxidant enzyme activities were elevated in PSP cybrid lines. These data suggest that mtDNA aberration occurs in PSP, causes electron transport chain pathology, and can produce oxidative stress. Further study of mitochondrial dysfunction in PSP may yield insights into why neurodegeneration occurs in this disease.

PMID:
10987850
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