Oxidative stress and its impact on neurons and glia in multiple sclerosis lesions

Hans Lassmann, Jack van Horssen

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Oxidative injury plays a major role in brain damage in many age-related human brain diseases and is particularly pronounced in the progressive stage of multiple sclerosis. In the latter it is related to the chronic inflammatory process and is amplified by brain changes due to aging and accumulation of disease burden. It induces demyelination and neurodegeneration by direct oxidation of lipids, proteins and DNA as well as by the induction of mitochondrial injury, which results in energy deficiency and further amplification of oxygen radical production. It affects neurons and all types of glia cells, but neurons and oligodendrocytes are most vulnerable. Difference in the susceptibility for oxidative injury between different cellular components of the central nervous system appears to be due to cell type specific differences in anti-oxidant defense mechanisms, iron loading, cellular susceptibility to apoptosis induction and energy demand. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Neuro Inflammation edited by Helga E. de Vries and Markus Schwaninger.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)506-510
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta. Molecular Basis of Disease
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016


  • Astrocytes
  • Microglia
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Neurons
  • Oligodendrocytes
  • Oxidative stress

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