Mitochondrial dysfunction in Parkinson's Disease (2011)

Author(s): Blain PG; Morris CM; Keane PC; Kurzawa M

  • : Mitochondrial dysfunction in Parkinson's Disease

Abstract: Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive, neurodegenerative condition that has increasingly been linked with mitochondrial dysfunction and inhibition of the electron transport chain. This inhibition leads to the generation of reactive oxygen species and depletion of cellular energy levels, which can consequently cause cellular damage and death mediated by oxidative stress and excitotoxicity. A number of genes that have been shown to have links with inherited forms of PD encode mitochondrial proteins or proteins implicated in mitochondrial dysfunction, supporting the central involvement of mitochondria in PD. This involvement is corroborated by reports that environmental toxins that inhibit the mitochondrial respiratory chain have been shown to be associated with PD. This paper aims to illustrate the considerable body of evidence linkingmitochondrial dysfunction with neuronal cell death in the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNpc) of PD patients and to highlight the important need for further research in this area.

  • Type of Article: Review
  • Short Title: Mitochondrial dysfunction in Parkinson's Disease
  • Date: 15-03-2011
  • Journal: Parkinson's Disease
  • Volume: 2011
  • Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
  • Publication type: Article
  • Bibliographic status: Published

Keywords: Parkinson's disease, mitochondria


Professor Peter Blain CBE
Professor of Environmental Medicine

Dr Christopher Morris
Senior Lecturer