Targeting mitochondrial bioenergetics for alzheimer's prevention and treatment

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Alzheimer's is a neurodegenerative disease with a complex and progressive pathological phenotype characterized first by hy-pometabolism and impaired mitochondrial bioenergetics followed by pathological burden. The progressive and multifaceted degenerative phenotype of Alzheimer's suggests that successful treatment strategies necessarily will be equally multi-faceted and disease stage spe-cific. Traditional therapeutic strategies based on the pathological aspect of the disease have achieved success in preclinical models which has not translated into clinical therapeutic efficacy. Meanwhile, increasing evidence indicates an antecedent and potentially causal role of mitochondrial bioenergetic deficits and brain hypometabolism coupled with increased mitochondrial oxidative stress in AD pathogenesis. The essential role of mitochondrial bioenergetics and the unique trajectory of alterations in brain metabolic capacity enable a bioener-getic-centric strategy that targets disease-stage specific pattern of brain metabolism for disease prevention and treatment. A combination of nutraceutical and pharmaceutical intervention that enhances glucose-driven metabolic activity and potentiates mitochondrial bioener-getic function could prevent the antecedent decline in brain glucose metabolism, promote healthy aging and prevent AD. Alternatively, during the prodromal incipient phase of AD, sustained activation of ketogenic metabolic pathways coupled with supplement of the alter-native fuel source, ketone bodies, could sustain mitochondrial bioenergetic function to prevent or delay further progression of the disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3474-3479
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Pharmaceutical Design
Issue number31
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Bioenergetics
  • Hypometabolism
  • Ketogenesis
  • Mitochondria
  • Oxidative stress
  • References

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery


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