Mitochondria, the powerhouse of the cell, play a critical role in several metabolic processes and apoptotic pathways. Multiple evidences suggest that mitochondria may be crucial in ageing-related neurodegenerative diseases. Moreover, mitochondrial haplogroups have been linked to multiple area of medicine, from normal ageing to diseases, including neurodegeneration. Polymorphisms within the mitochondrial genome might lead to impaired energy generation and to increased amount of reactive oxygen species, having either susceptibility or protective role in several diseases. Here, we highlight the role of the mitochondrial haplogroups in the pathogenetic cascade leading to diseases, with special attention to Alzheimer's disease. © 2011 Elena Caldarazzo Ienco et al.
Mancuso, M., Ienco, E. C., Simoncini, C., Orsucci, D., Petrucci, L., Filosto, M., & Siciliano, G. (2011). May mitochondrial eve and mitochondrial haplogroups play a role in neurodegeneration and alzheimer’s disease? International Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. https://doi.org/10.4061/2011/709061