Friday, November 19, 2010

Oxidative Stress in Niemann-Pick Disease Type C

Molecular Genetics and Metabolism recently published a new article titled, "Oxidative stress in Niemann-Pick disease, type C," from authors Fu R, Yanjanin NM, Bianconi S, Pavan WJ, Porter FD.

The article is summarized as follows:

Oxidative stress is caused by an imbalance between the production of reactive oxygen and a biological system's ability to detoxify the reactive intermediates or easily repair the resulting damage. Increased oxidative stress has been reported in human NPC1 mutant fibroblasts and in tissues from Npc1 mutant mice. However, oxidative stress in NPC patients has not been established. This study demonstrated increased oxidative stress in NPC patients.

Blood samples from 37 children and adults with NPC were tested. Compared to control values, the NPC samples showed significant decreases in both the fraction of reduced coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and Trolox equivalent antioxidant capacity (TEAC). Reduced CoQ10 functions as an antioxidant protecting cells from oxidative damage. Trolox is used as a reference substance to measure the combined antioxidant capacity in biological specimens. Both findings are consistent with increased oxidative stress in NPC. However, supplementation with CoQ10 was not effective in correcting the decreased fraction of reduced CoQ10. Demonstration of increased oxidative stress in NPC patients provides both a rationale and the biomarkers necessary to test the efficacy of antioxidant therapy in NPC.

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