Journal of Bioenergetics and Biomembranes

, Volume 36, Issue 4, pp 335–340 | Cite as

Mitochondrial Enzymes and Endoplasmic Reticulum Calcium Stores as Targets of Oxidative Stress in Neurodegenerative Diseases

  • Gary E. Gibson
  • Hsueh-Meei Huang


Considerable evidence indicates that oxidative stress accompanies age-related neurodegenerative diseases. Specific mechanisms by which oxidative stress leads to neurodegeneration are unknown. Two targets of oxidative stress that are known to change in neurodegenerative diseases are the mitochondrial enzyme α-ketoglutarate dehydrogenase complex (KGDHC) and endoplasmic reticulum calcium stores. KGDHC activities are diminished in all common neurodegenerative diseases and the changes are particularly well documented in Alzheimer's disease (AD). A second change that occurs in cells from AD patients is an exaggerated endoplasmic reticulum calcium store [i.e., bombesin-releasable calcium stores (BRCS)]. H2O2, a general oxidant, changes both variables in the same direction as occurs in disease. Other oxidants selectively alter these variables. Various antioxidants were used to help define the critical oxidant species that modifies these responses. All of the antioxidants diminish the oxidant-induced carboxy-dichlorofluorescein (cDCF) detectable reactive oxygen species (ROS), but have diverse actions on these cellular processes. For example, α-keto-β-methyl-n-valeric acid (KMV) diminishes the H2O2 effects on BRCS, while trolox and DMSO exaggerate the response. Acute trolox treatment does not alter H2O2-induced changes in KGDHC, whereas chronic treatment with trolox increases KGDHC almost threefold. The results suggest that KGDHC and BRCS provide targets by which oxidative stress may induce neurodegeneration and a useful tool for selecting antioxidants for reversing age-related neurodegeneration.

Reactive oxygen species KGDHC bombesin-releasable calcium stores Alzheimer's disease oxidants antioxidants 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gary E. Gibson
    • 1
  • Hsueh-Meei Huang
    • 1
  1. 1.Burke Medical Research InstituteWeill Medical College of Cornell UniversityWhite PlainsNew York 10605

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