Within the context of our research on the age-related structural changes in spinal ganglia, 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. Possible causes of this decrease are discussed briefly. 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. Copyright

Quantitative changes in mitochondria of spinal ganglion neurons in aged rabbits / M. Ledda, C. Martinelli, E. Pannese. - In: BRAIN RESEARCH BULLETIN. - ISSN 0361-9230. - 54:4(2001), pp. 455-459.

Quantitative changes in mitochondria of spinal ganglion neurons in aged rabbits

M. Ledda
Primo
;
C. Martinelli
Secondo
;
E. Pannese
Ultimo
2001

Abstract

Within the context of our research on the age-related structural changes in spinal ganglia, 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. Possible causes of this decrease are discussed briefly. 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. Copyright
Ageing; Dorsal root ganglia; Oryctolagus cuniculus; Sensory neurons
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