Abnormal platelet mitochondrial function in patients affected by migraine with and without aura

S. Sangiorgi, M. Mochi, R. Riva, P. Cortelli, L. Monari, G. Pierangeli, P. Montagna

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Abstract

To investigate energy metabolism in migraine, we determined platelet mitochondrial enzyme activities in 40 patients with migraine with aura and in 40 patients with migraine without aura during attack-free intervals and in 24 healthy control subjects. NADH-dehydrogenase, citrate synthase and cytochrome-c-oxidase activities in both patient groups were significantly lower than in controls (p <0.01), while NADH-cytochrome-c-reductase activity was reduced only in migraine with aura (p <0.01). No alteration in succinate-dehydrogenase was observed. Monoamine-oxidase activity differed between sexes (p <0.05) but within each sex group no difference was observed between patients and controls. We hypothesize that the defect in mitochondrial enzymes observed indicates a systemic impairment of mitochondrial function in migraine patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-23
Number of pages3
JournalCephalalgia
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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