Crosstalk Between Oxidative Stress and Mitochondrial Damage: Focus on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Viviana Greco
  • Patrizia Longone
  • Alida Spalloni
  • Luisa Pieroni
  • Andrea UrbaniEmail author
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 1158)


Proteins oxidation by reactive species is implicated in the aetiology or progression of a panoply of disorders and diseases such as neurodegenerative disorders. It is becoming increasingly evident that redox imbalance in the brain mediates neurodegeneration. Free radicals, as reactive species of oxygen (ROS) but also reactive nitrogen species (RNS) and reactive sulfur species (RSS), are generated in vivo from several sources. Within the cell the mitochondria represent the main source of ROS and mitochondrial dysfunction is both the major contributor to oxidative stress (OS) as well its major consequence.

To date there are no doubts that a condition of OS added to other factors as mitochondrial damage in mtDNA or mitochondrial respiratory chain, may contribute to trigger or amplify mechanisms leading to neurodegenerative disorders.

In this chapter, we aim at illustrate the molecular interplay occurring between mitochondria and OS focusing on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, describing a phenotypic reprogramming mechanism of mitochondria in complex neurological disorder.


ALS Mitochondrial damage Reactive species Oxidative stress Redox proteomics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Viviana Greco
    • 1
    • 2
  • Patrizia Longone
    • 3
  • Alida Spalloni
    • 3
  • Luisa Pieroni
    • 4
  • Andrea Urbani
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Institute of Biochemistry and Clinical BiochemistryUniversità Cattolica del Sacro CuoreRomeItaly
  2. 2.Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli – IRCCSRomeItaly
  3. 3.Molecular Neurobiology UnitFondazione Santa Lucia-IRCCSRomeItaly
  4. 4.Proteomics and Metabonomics UnitFondazione Santa Lucia-IRCCSRomeItaly

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