Mitochondria are cell organelles that convert energy from nutrients into usable energy. Energy COP is affected in many COPD patients, not only due to lung failure, but also due to reduced amounts of mitochondria in skeletal muscles. In this thesis, the mechanism of mitochondrial degradation in muscles has been investigated. We demonstrated in muscle biopsies that molecular processes involved in mitochondrial degradation are more activated in COPD patients than in controls. Furthermore, experimental models looked at how physical inactivity, systemic inflammation, and iron deficiency can initiate these processes in the muscles. It has also been demonstrated for the first time that mitochondria can be excreted from muscles via extracellular vesicles.
|Award date||5 Apr 2019|
|Place of Publication||Maastricht|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
- lung failure