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Unique quadruple immunofluorescence assay demonstrates mitochondrial respiratory chain dysfunction in osteoblasts of aged and PolgA -/- mice

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Philip Dobson, Dr Mariana Rocha, Dr John Grady, Alexia Chrysostomou, Sharon Watson, Dr Laura Greaves, Professor David Deehan, Emeritus Professor Doug Turnbull



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Fragility fractures caused by osteoporosis affect millions of people worldwide every year with significant levels of associated morbidity, mortality and costs to the healthcare economy. The pathogenesis of declining bone mineral density is poorly understood but it is inherently related to increasing age. Growing evidence in recent years, especially that provided by mouse models, suggest that accumulating somatic mitochondrial DNA mutations may cause the phenotypic changes associated with the ageing process including osteoporosis. Methods to study mitochondrial abnormalities in individual osteoblasts, osteoclasts and osteocytes are limited and impair our ability to assess the changes seen with age and in animal models of ageing. To enable the assessment of mitochondrial protein levels, we have developed a quadruple immunofluorescence method to accurately quantify the presence of mitochondrial respiratory chain components within individual bone cells. We have applied this technique to a well-established mouse model of ageing and osteoporosis and show respiratory chain deficiency.

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Author(s): Dobson PF, Rocha MC, Grady JP, Chrysostomou A, Hipps D, Watson S, Greaves LC, Deehan DJ, Turnbull DM

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Scientific Reports

Year: 2016

Volume: 6

Online publication date: 24/08/2016

Acceptance date: 06/07/2016

Date deposited: 18/10/2016

ISSN (electronic): 2045-2322

Publisher: Nature Publishing Group


DOI: 10.1038/srep31907


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Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Royal College of Surgeons, England
Newcastle NIHR Biomedical Research Centre in Age and Age Related Diseases