Mitochondria: dynamic organelles critical for human health
Air date: Wednesday, October 03, 2012, 3:00:00 PM
Description: Mitochondria are dynamic organelles that fuse, divide, and move. Human genetic studies indicate that these processes are important for normal functioning of tissues, particularly neurons. Mutations in Mitofusion-2 (Mfn2) cause peripheral neuropathy (Charcot-Marie-Tooth 2A), and mutations in optic atrophy 1 (OPA1) cause eye disease (dominant optic atrophy). Mouse knockout studies focused on the mitofusins Mfn1 and Mfn2 have shown that mitochondrial fusion is important for organellar function. Dr. Chan will discuss mouse studies that reveal the physiological functions of mitochondrial dynamics. In addition, Dr. Chan will discuss how new mouse models can be combined with imaging approaches to understand the role of mitochondrial dynamics in neurodegeneration.
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Author: David C. Chan, M.D., Ph.D., California Institute of Technology
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