Effect Of Ageing And Mitochondrial Dysfunction Of The Optic Nerve Response To Pressure-Induced Oxidative Stress

Grant number: 475603 | Funding period: 2008 - 2010

Completed

Abstract

The risk of glaucoma, a potentially blinding disease of the optic nerve, increases exponentially with age, but the cellular mechanisms responsible are not known. We hypothesise that age-related changes in mitochondria, the energy producing part of the cell, render nerve cells prone to damage. This project will determine whether aging and mitochondrial impairment increase nerve damage and whether dietary moodifications that preserve mitochondria during aging, protect the optic nerve from damage