Journal of Molecular Medicine

, Volume 88, Issue 10, pp 1021–1027 | Cite as

Mitochondria and aging in the vascular system

  • Zoltan UngvariEmail author
  • William E. Sonntag
  • Anna Csiszar


This review focuses on mitochondrial abnormalities that occur in the vasculature during aging and explores the link between mitochondrial oxidative stress, chronic low-grade vascular inflammation, increased rate of endothelial apoptosis, and development of vascular diseases in the elderly. Therapeutic strategies targeting the mitochondria for prevention of age-associated vascular dysfunction and disease in old age are considered here based on emerging knowledge of the vasoprotective effects of caloric restriction, caloric restriction mimetics, the GH/IGF-1 axis, and mitochondria-targeted antioxidants.


Aging Mitochondria Endothelium 



This work was supported by grants from the American Diabetes Association, the American Federation for Aging Research and the NIH (HL077256, AG11370).

Disclosure of potential conflict of interests

The authors declare no conflict of interests related to this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zoltan Ungvari
    • 1
    Email author
  • William E. Sonntag
    • 1
  • Anna Csiszar
    • 1
  1. 1.Reynolds Oklahoma Center on Aging, Department of Geriatric MedicineUniversity of Oklahoma Health Sciences CenterOklahoma CityUSA

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