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Special Issue "Role of Mitochondrial Genetics in Psychiatric Disorders"

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Genetics and Genomics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Lourdes Martorell
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Guest Editor
Research Department, Hospital Universitari Institut Pere Mata, E43206 Reus, Spain
Interests: medicine neuroscience biochemistry; genetics and molecular biology psychology pharmacology; toxicology and pharmaceutics nursing immunology and microbiology agricultural and biological sciences

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The human mitochondrial proteome is estimated to have around 1,500 proteins, most of them are under nuclear genome control; however, mitochondrial DNA, a 16,569 kb circular molecule that encodes 37 genes necessary to synthesize 13 essential subunits of the oxidative phosphorylation system has a relevant role in the generation of most of the cell's energy requirements. Maintaining the balance between energy demand and expenditure is extremely important for the proper functioning of the brain, as the brain uses up to 20% of the body's total energy, while it accounts for only 2% of the body's weight. Mitochondrial genomics plays a key role in brain function, and mitochondrial medicine may provide the impetus for personalized treatments for neuropsychiatric disorders whose biological basis remains unclear, and for which effective treatments are still lacking. Recent and previous studies have already linked mitochondrial genetics to neuropsychiatric diseases. In this special issue, we call for papers that shed light on the association between mitochondrial genomics and psychiatric disorders, as well as the outcome of treatments targeting mitochondria. Of particular interest are papers that 1) identify mitochondrial biomarkers, especially genetic ones, associated with psychiatric phenotypes and 2) identify the relationship between mitochondrial genomics and phenotypic characteristics of psychiatric disorders.

Dr. Lourdes Martorell
Guest Editor

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  • mitochondria
  • mitochondrial DNA
  • mtDNA
  • psychiatric disorders
  • phenotype
  • treatment
  • outcome

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