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Neuropathy From Old Mitochondria

Brandt R Gibson, DPM
Podiatrist, Neuropathy Doctor, Father of 11 and Founder of Mountain West Foot & Ankle Institute
Posted on Nov 28, 2011
In our research of common causes on peripheral neuropathy, another article was found on mitochondria as the cause of peripheral neuropathy.  This article published in the January Annals of Neurology by study leader Ahmet Hoke, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of neurology and neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine discusses the migration of nerve mitochondria from the spinal cord to the feet or hands.  Due to this migration, they are much older than mitochondria in other cells.

In their studies of HIV neuropathy, mutations of nerve mitochondria were observed in these nerves furthest from the spinal cord and seem to correlate directly with neuropathy presentations.  This is a key piece in finding the treatment options for peripheral neuropathy.

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