Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 17250829
FEBS Lett. 2007 Feb;581(3):521-5
Different types of cells from subjects with Down syndrome (DS) have an increased susceptibility to cell death. We have studied apoptosis and mitochondrial (mt) membrane potential (DeltaPsi(m)) in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from DS children and age-matched healthy donors after in vitro treatment with apoptogenic molecules, along with mtDNA content. We found that PBMC from DS and healthy controls had a similar tendency to undergo apoptosis and a similar amount of mtDNA. However, in cells from DS subjects, mitochondria showed a higher loss of DeltaPsi(m), underlying the presence of an increasing susceptibility of these organelles to damaging agents.