Mechanisms of Metal-Induced Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Neurological Disorders

Mentioned within: Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, Huntington's Disease, Autism, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

"Metals are actively involved in multiple catalytic physiological activities. However, metal overload may result in neurotoxicity as it increases formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and elevates oxidative stress in the nervous system. Mitochondria are a key target of metal-induced toxicity, given their role in energy production. As the brain consumes a large amount of energy, mitochondrial dysfunction and the subsequent decrease in levels of ATP may significantly disrupt brain function, resulting in neuronal cell death and ensuing neurological disorders. Here, we address contemporary studies on metal-induced mitochondrial dysfunction and its impact on the nervous system."

Source: Neurotoxicity of Environmental Metal Toxicants

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