Neurochemical Research

, Volume 13, Issue 9, pp 859–865 | Cite as

Changes of mitochondrial membrane proteins in rat cerebellum during aging

  • L. Turpeenoja
  • R. F. Villa
  • G. Magri
  • A. M. Giuffrida Stella
Original Articles


Qualitative and quantitative changes of mitochondrial membrane proteind during aging were investigated. Free (non-synaptic) mitochondria were purified from rat cerebellum at different ages (4, 8, 12, 16, 20, and 24 months). Mitochondrial outer membrane (OM), inner membrane (IM) and matrix (MX) were separated and the proteins were extracted and analyzed by gel-electrophoresis.

After staining, the gels were scanned densitometrically to quantify the proteins. No significant changes in the quantity of OM or MX protein subunits were observed, while serveral statistically significant quantitative changes in IM proteins with age were found. These age-dependent modifications of inner membrane mitochondrial proteins may play an important role in energy transduction, transport systems and regulatory enzymatic activities in mitochondria.

Key Words

Mitochondrial membranes proteins cerebellum aging 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Turpeenoja
    • 1
  • R. F. Villa
    • 2
  • G. Magri
    • 1
  • A. M. Giuffrida Stella
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Biochemistry, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of CataniaCataniaItaly
  2. 2.Institute of Pharmacology, Department of ScienceUniversity of PaviaItaly

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