Ageing and neuronal vulnerability

Mark P. Mattson, Tim Magnus

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Everyone ages, but only some will develop a neurodegenerative disorder in the process. Disease might occur when cells fail to respond adaptively to age-related increases in oxidative, metabolic and ionic stress, thereby resulting in the accumulation of damaged proteins, DNA and membranes. Determinants of neuronal vulnerability might include cell size and location, metabolism of disease-specific proteins and a repertoire of signal transduction pathways and stress resistance mechanisms. Emerging evidence on protein interaction networks that monitor and respond to the normal ageing process suggests that successful neural ageing is possible for most people, but also cautions that cures for neurodegenerative disorders are unlikely in the near future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)278-294
Number of pages17
JournalNature Reviews Neuroscience
Issue number4
StatePublished - Mar 16 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Cell Biology


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