Mitochondrial ion channels as therapeutic targets

Pablo M. Peixoto, Shin Young Ryu, Kathleen W. Kinnally

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The study of mitochondrial ion channels changed our perception of these double-wrapped organelles from being just the power house of a cell to the guardian of a cell's fate. Mitochondria communicate with the cell through these special channels. Most of the time, the message is encoded by ion flow across the mitochondrial outer and inner membranes. Potassium, sodium, calcium, protons, nucleotides, and proteins traverse the mitochondrial membranes in an exquisitely regulated manner to control a myriad of processes, from respiration and mitochondrial morphology to cell proliferation and cell death. This review is an update on both well established and putative mitochondrial channels regarding their composition, function, regulation, and therapeutic potential.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2142-2152
Number of pages11
JournalFEBS Letters
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 2010


  • Mitochondrial disease
  • Mitochondrial ion channels
  • Patch clamp
  • Therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Structural Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology


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