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Metabolic rescue ameliorates mitochondrial encephalo-cardiomyopathy in murine and human iPSC models of Leigh syndrome

Clinical and Translational Medicine

July 25, 2022

Yoon, Jin-Young


Our study reveals direct mechanistic explanations of the observed cardiac bradyarrhythmia, diastolic dysfunction and neuronal apoptosis in mouse and human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) models of Leigh Syndrome….Metabolic rescue by nicotinamide riboside (NR) supplementation increased intracellular NAD+/ NADH, restored metabolic derangement, reversed protein hyperacetylation through NAD+‐dependent Sirtuin deacetylase, and ameliorated cardiomyopathic phenotypes, concomitant with improvement of NaV1.5 current and SERCA2a function measured by Ca2+‐transients. NR also attenuated neuronal apoptosis and microglial activation in the LS brain and human iPS‐derived neurons with Ndufs4 deletion.

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