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Novel genetic study sheds new light on risk of heart attack

Oct. 11, 2018—Loss of a protein that regulates mitochondrial function can greatly increase the risk of myocardial infarction (heart attack), Vanderbilt scientists reported Oct. 3 in the journal eLife.

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Mitochondrial mutations and disease

Feb. 22, 2018—New findings suggest that oxidative stress damages mitochondrial DNA, and they link this damage to a disease state.

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Study sheds light on a ‘guardian’ protein of brain function

Feb. 19, 2015—Mitochondria not only are the cell’s main power producers, they are also the chief cooks and bottle washers.

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Biomarker for diabetic eye disease

Sep. 26, 2014—A person’s mitochondrial gene “signature” could predict risk for diabetic retinopathy and guide early intervention strategies.

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Mitochondrial mutations not random

Nov. 25, 2013—A study of mitochondrial DNA mutations suggests they result from a process that selects for particular mutations in certain tissues.

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Model for MADD mitochondrial disease

Jul. 11, 2013—A zebrafish model of a severe mitochondrial disease will be useful for developing new therapeutic approaches.

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Kids’ cells okay after mom’s cancer radiation

Jun. 22, 2012—Study finds no evidence of increased mitochondrial mutations in the children of women treated with radiation for cancer.

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Evolution of cell’s power plant genome

May. 18, 2011—Vanderbilt researchers provide new information about how the genome inside our cellular “power plants” – the mitochondria – has evolved.

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Recent Stories from VUMC News and Communications Publications

The first few minutes of Charlie’s life were a blur, as a team of doctors and nurses at VUMC worked to resuscitate him and stabilize his heart rate. He was then transferred to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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The first few minutes of Charlie’s life were a blur, as a team of doctors and nurses at VUMC worked to resuscitate him and stabilize his heart rate. He was then transferred to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Tucked away in a Vanderbilt conference room, 36 adults huddle over Lego pieces. Eleven teams have been assigned to assemble multicolored Legos using the written directions included in the packet. The result should be a Frankenstein figure.

Vanderbilt Nurse

Tucked away in a Vanderbilt conference room, 36 adults huddle over Lego pieces. Eleven teams have been assigned to assemble multicolored Legos using the written directions included in the packet. The result should be a Frankenstein figure.

Marissa Benchea has CF, and she is one of hundreds of thousands of adults not only surviving but thriving with a chronic childhood disease.

Vanderbilt Medicine

Marissa Benchea has CF, and she is one of hundreds of thousands of adults not only surviving but thriving with a chronic childhood disease.

One hundred years ago, multiple “waves” of a deadly flu swept across the world.

Vanderbilt Medicine

One hundred years ago, multiple “waves” of a deadly flu swept across the world.

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