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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2015 Jan 24;456(4):933-7. doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2014.12.009. Epub 2014 Dec 12.

Transmitochondrial mito-miceΔ and mtDNA mutator mice, but not aged mice, share the same spectrum of musculoskeletal disorders.

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1
Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.
2
Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan; International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine (WPI-IIIS), University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.
3
Mammalian Genetics Laboratory, National Institute of Genetics, Mishima, Shizuoka, Japan.
4
Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan; International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine (WPI-IIIS), University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan; TARA Center, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8572, Japan. Electronic address: jih45@biol.tsukuba.ac.jp.

Abstract

The spectra of phenotypes associated with aging and mitochondrial diseases sometimes appear to overlap with each other. We used aged mice and a mouse model of mitochondrial diseases (transmitochondrial mito-miceΔ with deleted mtDNA) to study whether premature aging phenotypes observed in mtDNA mutator mice are associated with aging or mitochondrial diseases. Here, we provide convincing evidence that all the mice examined had musculoskeletal disorders of osteoporosis and muscle atrophy, which correspond to phenotypes prevalently observed in the elderly. However, precise investigation of musculoskeletal disorders revealed that the spectra of osteoporosis and muscle atrophy phenotypes in mtDNA mutator mice were very close to those in mito-miceΔ, but different from those of aged mice. Therefore, mtDNA mutator mice and mito-miceΔ, but not aged mice, share the spectra of musculoskeletal disorders.

KEYWORDS:

Aging; Mito-miceΔ; Mitochondrial diseases; Osteoporosis; Sarcopenia; mtDNA mutator mice

PMID:
25511702
DOI:
10.1016/j.bbrc.2014.12.009
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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