We studied the mitochondria of the neuronal perikaryon in the spinal ganglia of 12, 42 and 79 month-old rabbits. Both the volume of the perikaryon and the total mitochondrial mass within the perikaryon increased significantly passing from young adult to old animals. Hence, there is no net loss of mitochondria in these neurons with age. Since, however, the volume of the perikaryon increased by more than 63% while the total mitochondrial mass within the perikaryon increased by only 18%, the mean percentage of perikaryal volume occupied by mitochondria decreased with age. This decrease is only in very minor part a consequence of lipofuscin accumulation, so that the ratio between the total mitochondrial mass and the functionally active volume of cytoplasm decreased with age. Moreover, while the mitochondrial structure did not change, mitochondrial size increased with age. Finally, in each of the three age groups both the mean percentage volume of mitochondria and the mean mitochondrial size were very similar in large light and in small dark neurons.

Modificazioni quantitative del condrioma nei neuroni dei gangli spinali di coniglio nel corso dell’invecchiamento / C. Martinelli, P. Sartori, M. Ledda. - In: ATTI DELLA ACCADEMIA NAZIONALE DEI LINCEI. RENDICONTI LINCEI. SCIENZE FISICHE E NATURALI. - ISSN 1120-6349. - 12:S.9(2001), pp. 83-89.

Modificazioni quantitative del condrioma nei neuroni dei gangli spinali di coniglio nel corso dell’invecchiamento

C. Martinelli
Primo
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P. Sartori
Secondo
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M. Ledda
Ultimo
2001

Abstract

We studied the mitochondria of the neuronal perikaryon in the spinal ganglia of 12, 42 and 79 month-old rabbits. Both the volume of the perikaryon and the total mitochondrial mass within the perikaryon increased significantly passing from young adult to old animals. Hence, there is no net loss of mitochondria in these neurons with age. Since, however, the volume of the perikaryon increased by more than 63% while the total mitochondrial mass within the perikaryon increased by only 18%, the mean percentage of perikaryal volume occupied by mitochondria decreased with age. This decrease is only in very minor part a consequence of lipofuscin accumulation, so that the ratio between the total mitochondrial mass and the functionally active volume of cytoplasm decreased with age. Moreover, while the mitochondrial structure did not change, mitochondrial size increased with age. Finally, in each of the three age groups both the mean percentage volume of mitochondria and the mean mitochondrial size were very similar in large light and in small dark neurons.
Ageing; Dorsal root ganglia; Oryctolagus cuniculus; Sensory neurons
Settore BIO/17 - Istologia
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