Mitochondrial energy metabolism in neurodegeneration associated with methylmalonic acidemia

Melo, Daniela R.; Kowaltowski, Alicia J.; Wajner, Moacir; Castilho, Roger F.
February 2011
Journal of Bioenergetics & Biomembranes;Feb2011, Vol. 43 Issue 1, p39
Academic Journal
Methylmalonic acidemia is one of the most prevalent inherited metabolic disorders involving neurological deficits. In vitro experiments, animal model studies and tissue analyses from human patients suggest extensive impairment of mitochondrial energy metabolism in this disease. This review summarizes changes in mitochondrial energy metabolism occurring in methylmalonic acidemia, focusing mainly on the effects of accumulated methylmalonic acid, and gives an overview of the results found in different experimental models. Overall, experiments to date suggest that mitochondrial impairment in this disease occurs through a combination of the inhibition of specific enzymes and transporters, limitation in the availability of substrates for mitochondrial metabolic pathways and oxidative damage.


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