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Lewy body pathology is more prevalent in older individuals with mitochondrial disease than controls

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submitted on 2024-05-26, 11:26 and posted on 2024-05-26, 14:08 authored by Daniel Erskine, Amy K. Reeve, Tuomo Polvikoski, Andrew M. Schaefer, Robert W. Taylor, Nichola Z. Lax, Omar El-Agnaf, Johannes Attems, Gráinne S. Gorman, Doug M. Turnbull, Yi Shau Ng

Mitochondrial diseases arise due to defects in mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) or nuclear mitochondrial genes (nDNA), leading to impaired mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation and dysfunction of organs with particularly high energy requirements. Primary mitochondrial diseases affect 1 in 4300 individuals in the UK, making them amongst the most common heritable neurological conditions [2]. Mitochondrial dysfunction has also been linked to deposition of several sporadic age-associated pathologies, including neurofibrillary tangles of hyperphosphorylated tau protein [3] and Lewy body (LB) pathology consisting of aggregated α-synuclein [4], pathological features of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and Parkinson’s disease (PD)/dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), respectively. Therefore, we sought to determine whether older individuals with mitochondrial diseases were at increased risk of developing age-associated neurodegenerative pathologies using post-mortem brain samples collected prospectively at Newcastle Brain Tissue Resource (NBTR).

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Published in: Acta Neuropathologica
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  • English


Springer Nature

Publication Year

  • 2019

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Institution affiliated with

  • Hamad Bin Khalifa University
  • Qatar Biomedical Research Institute - HBKU
  • Neurological Disorders Research Center - QBRI