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Title: Is coenzyme Q a key factor in aging?
Authors: López-Lluch, Guillermo; Rodríguez-Aguilera, Juan Carlos; Santos-Ocaña, Carlos; Navas, Plácido
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development 131(4): 225- 235 (2011)
Abstract: Coenzyme Q (Q) is a key component for bioenergetics and antioxidant protection in the cell. During the last years, research on diseases linked to Q-deficiency has highlighted the essential role of this lipid in cell physiology. Q levels are also affected during aging and neurodegenerative diseases. Therefore, therapies based on dietary supplementation with Q must be considered in cases of Q deficiency such as in aging. However, the low bioavailability of dietary Q for muscle and brain obligates to design new mechanisms to increase the uptake of this compound in these tissues. In the present review we show a complete picture of the different functions of Q in cell physiology and their relationship to age and agerelated diseases. Furthermore, we describe the problems associated with dietary Q uptake and the mechanisms currently used to increase its uptake or even its biosynthesis in cells. Strategies to increase Q levels in tissues are indicated.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10261/56974
Identifiers: doi: 10.1016/j.mad.2010.02.003
issn: 0047-6374
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