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Mitochondrial defects within substantia nigra (SN) neurons are implicated in the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease. SN neurons show increased mitochondrial defects, mitochondrial DNA deletion levels, and susceptibility to such dysfunction, although the role of mitochondria in neuronal degeneration remains uncertain. In this study, we addressed this(More)
As the second most common age related neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer's disease, the health, social and economic impact resulting from Parkinson's disease will continue to increase alongside the longevity of the population. Ageing remains the biggest risk factor for developing idiopathic Parkinson's disease. Although research into the mechanisms(More)
Mitochondrial dynamics are essential for maintaining organelle stability and function. Through fission, fusion and mitophagic events, optimal populations of mitochondria are retained. Subsequently, alterations in such processes can have profound effects on the individual mitochondrion and the cell within which they reside. Neurons are post-mitotic(More)
α-Synuclein becomes misfolded and aggregated upon damage by various factors, for example, by reactive oxygen species. These aggregated forms have been proposed to have differential toxicities and their interaction with mitochondria may cause dysfunction within this organelle that contributes to the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease (PD). In particular,(More)
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