Neurochemical Research

, Volume 32, Issue 9, pp 1552–1558 | Cite as

Mitochondrial Ageing and the Beneficial Role of α-Lipoic Acid

  • A. R. Palaniappan
  • A. Dai
Original Paper


Oxidative damage has been implicated to be a major causative factor in the decline in physiological functions that occur during the ageing process. Mitochondria are known to be a rich source for the production of free radicals and, consequently, mitochondrial components are susceptible to lipid peroxidation (LPO) that decreases respiratory activity. In the present investigation, we have evaluated mitochondrial LPO, 8-oxo-dG, oxidized glutathione, reduced glutathione, ATP, lipoic acid, TCA cycle enzymes and electron transport chain (ETC) complex activities in the brain of young versus aged rats. In aged rats, the contents of LPO, oxidized glutathione and 8-oxo-dG were high whereas reduced glutathione, ATP, lipoic acid, TCA cycle enzymes and ETC complex activities were found to be low. Lipoic acid administration to aged rats reduced the levels of mitochondrial LPO, 8-oxo-dG and oxidized glutathione and enhanced reduced glutathione, ATP, lipoic acid and ETC complex activities. In young rats lipoic acid administration showed only minimal lowering the levels of LPO, 8-oxo-dG and oxidized glutathione and slight increase in the levels of reduced glutathione, ATP, lipoic acid, TCA cycle enzymes and ETC complex activities. These findings suggest that the dithiol, lipoic acid, provides protection against age-related oxidative damage in the mitochondria of aged rats.


Aging Lipid peroxidation Lipoic acid Brain Mitochondria Electron transport chain complex activities 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryYokohama City UniversityYokohamaJapan

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