IMR Press / FBL / Volume 12 / Issue 3 / DOI: 10.2741/2133

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Brain mitochondrial dysfunction in aging: conditions that improve survival, neurological performance and mitochondrial function
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1 Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, School of Medicine, University of Cádiz, Spain
2 Laboratory of Free Radical Biology, School of Pharmacy and Biochemistry, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Front. Biosci. (Landmark Ed) 2007, 12(3), 1154–1163;
Published: 1 January 2007

Mice with (a) high spontaneous neurological activity, or subjected to (b) moderate exercise or (c) dietary supplemented with high doses of vitamin E from 28 weeks of age to senescence (76 wk of age), showed an increased survival and a retardation in the development of the neurological deficits associated to aging. During aging there was an increase in dysfunctional brain mitochondria, characterized by an increased content of oxidation products and by a diminished functional activity. The mitochondrial oxidative damage observed in adult (52 wk) and senescent mice (76 wk) was partially ameliorated in the groups of animals subject to the mentioned experimental conditions, and this decrease in mitochondrial oxidative damage was related to the improvement in neurological performance. In brain mitochondria, the activities of enzymes that are critical for mitochondrial function (mtNOS, NADH-dehydrogenase, and cytochrome oxidase) decreased progressively during aging and constituted aging markers. Usual clinical recommendations for aged humans, such as increased neurological activity, moderate exercise, and vitamin E supplementation, proved to be effective in increasing mice survival and neurological performances, along with a better mitochondrial function and a lower content of oxidation products.

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