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Defects in Mitochondrial Axonal Transport and Membrane Potential without Increased Reactive Oxygen Species Production in a Drosophila Model of Friedreich Ataxia

Friedreich ataxia, a neurodegenerative disorder resulting from frataxin deficiency, is thought to involve progressive cellular damage from oxidative stress. In Drosophila larvae with reduced frataxin expression (DfhIR), we evaluated possible mechanisms of cellular neuropathology by quantifying mitochondrial axonal transport, membrane potential (MMP), and reactive oxygen species (ROS) production in the DfhIR versus wild-type nervous system throughout development. Although dying-back neuropathy in DfhIR larvae did not occur until late third instar, reduced MMP was already apparent at second instar in the cell bodies, axons and neuromuscular junctions (NMJs) of segmental nerves.

Defects in Mitochondrial Axonal Transport and Membrane Potential without Increased Reactive Oxygen Species Production in a Drosophila Model of Friedreich Ataxia


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