The ageing mitochondrial genome.
Krishnan KJ, Greaves LC, Reeve AK, Turnbull D
Nucleic Acids Research (2007)
Category: aging, mitochondria-inheritance, mitochondrial DNA ¤ Added: Jan 24, 2008 ¤ Rating: ◊◊
The population of elderly individuals has increased significantly over the past century and is predicted to rise even more rapidly in the future. Ageing is a major risk factor for many diseases such as neurodegenerative disease, diabetes and cancer. This highlights the importance of understanding the mechanisms involved in the ageing process. One plausible mechanism for ageing is accumulation of mutations in the mitochondrial genome. In this review, we discuss some of the most convincing data surrounding age-related mtDNA mutations and the evidence that these mutations contribute to the ageing process.