Recovering Mitochondrial Function in Patients’ Fibroblasts

  • Mariusz R. Wieckowski
  • Alberto Danese
  • Giampaolo Morciano
  • Maciej Pronicki
  • Jerzy Duszynski
  • Paolo Pinton
  • Agnieszka Karkucinska-WieckowskaEmail author


Despite the fact that majority of studies done using different compounds with antioxidant properties showing pivotal effect on oxidative phosphorylation or glycolytic ATP production, it is still difficult to discuss efficient therapeutic solutions for patients affected by mitochondrial diseases or mitochondrial dysfunction-associated disorders. Since most of the mitochondrial disorders are manifested in tissues or organs that demand high-energy, many experimental studies have described that the pivotal effect of the tested compounds comes from the use of the skin fibroblasts from patients. In this chapter, we have gathered information about these studies and describe the effect of such treatment on mitochondrial function and the attenuation of oxidative stress in patients’ fibroblasts.


Mitochondrial disorders Patients’ fibroblasts Reactive oxygen species (ROS) Oxidative stress 



This work was supported by the Polish National Science Centre grant (UMO-2014/15/B/NZ1/00490) to MRW and AKW and by the Internal Projects of the Children’s Memorial Health Institute No S125/2012 for MP and AKW. PP is grateful to Camilla degli Scrovegni for providing continuous support. PP is grateful to Camilla degli Scrovegni for continuous support. PP is supported by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research; the Italian Ministry of Health; Telethon (GGP15219/B); the Italian Association for Cancer Research (AIRC: IG-18624); and by local funds from the University of Ferrara).

Conflict of Interest

 The authors state that there are no conflicts of interest relevant for this publication.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mariusz R. Wieckowski
    • 1
  • Alberto Danese
    • 2
    • 3
  • Giampaolo Morciano
    • 2
  • Maciej Pronicki
    • 4
  • Jerzy Duszynski
    • 1
  • Paolo Pinton
    • 2
    • 3
  • Agnieszka Karkucinska-Wieckowska
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryNencki Institute of Experimental BiologyWarsawPoland
  2. 2.Department of Morphology, Surgery and Experimental MedicineUniversity of FerraraFerraraItaly
  3. 3.Maria Cecilia Hospital, GVM Care & ResearchE.S: Health Science FoundationCotignolaItaly
  4. 4.Department of PathologyThe Children’s Memorial Health InstituteWarsawPoland

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