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Co-Enzyme Q10 to Treat Neurological Disorders: Basic Mechanisms, Clinical Outcomes, and Future Research Direction

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Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is critical for the cell power supply in mitochondria. CoQ10 shuttles electrons from complexes I and II to complex III, and can be anti-oxdiative. Neurons require high energy for synaptic transmission and therefore the mitochondria dysfunction often leads to severe neuronal degeneration, as observed in many neurological disorders. CoQ10 supplementation has been widely used to treat aging, stroke, neuromuscular diseases, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson’s disease, progressive supranuclear palsy, autosomal recessive cerebellar ataxias, Huntington’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Here we discuss a large number of preclinical and clinical trials for CoQ10 to elucidate the mechanisms underlying CoQ10 therapy. The rational applications as a therapeutic agent in neurological disorders are discussed.
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Keywords: ATP; Coenzyme Q10; mitochondrial respiratory chain; neurological disorders; rational therapeutic approaches

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2013

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  • CNS & Neurological Disorders - Drug Targets aims to cover all the latest and outstanding developments on the medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, molecular biology, genomics and biochemistry of contemporary molecular targets involved in neurological and central nervous system (CNS) disorders e.g. disease specific proteins, receptors, enzymes, genes. Each issue of the journal will contain a series of timely in-depth reviews written by leaders in the field covering a range of current topics on drug targets involved in neurological and CNS disorders. As the discovery, identification, characterization and validation of novel human drug targets for neurological and CNS drug discovery continues to grow; this journal will be essential reading for all pharmaceutical scientists involved in drug discovery and development.
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