High levels of zinc ions induce loss of mitochondrial potential and degradation of antiapoptotic Bcl-2 protein in in vitro cultivated human prostate epithelial cells.

Prostate epithelial cells contain the highest levels of zinc among all organs and tissues in the human body. Zinc is accumulated primarily in the mitochondria, where it is responsible for inhibition of mitochondrial aconitase activity, thereby increasing citrate production. The present study was designed to clarify the role of zinc for human prostate… CONTINUE READING