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Current Neuropharmacology


ISSN (Print): 1570-159X
ISSN (Online): 1875-6190

The Role of Mitochondria in Brain Aging and the Effects of Melatonin

Author(s): Germaine Escames, Ana Lopez, Jose Antonio Garcia, Laura Garcia, Dario Acuna-Castroviejo, Jose Joaquin Garcia and Luis Carlos Lopez

Volume 8, Issue 3, 2010

Page: [182 - 193] Pages: 12

DOI: 10.2174/157015910792246245

Price: $65


Melatonin is an endogenous indoleamine present in different tissues, cellular compartments and organelles including mitochondria. When melatonin is administered orally, it is readily available to the brain where it counteracts different processes that occur during aging and age-related neurodegenerative disorders. These aging processes include oxidative stress and oxidative damage, chronic and acute inflammation, mitochondrial dysfunction and loss of neural regeneration. This review summarizes age related changes in the brain and the importance of oxidative/nitrosative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction in brain aging. The data and mechanisms of action of melatonin in relation to aging of the brain are reviewed as well.

Keywords: Melatonin, mitochondria, oxidative stress, brain, aging, neurodegenerative diseases, neural stem cells

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