The aging oocyte - can mitochondrial function be improved

We describe the role of mitochondrial dysfunction in ovarian senescence and suggest a treatment to improve reproductive outcome with mitochondrial nutrients.

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Yaakov Bentov M.D. and Robert F. Casper, M.D.

Volume 99, Issue 1, Pages 18-22, January 2013

Abstract

In recent years women have been delaying childbirth due to social and cultural trends, thereby increasing the significance of reproductive senescence as a public health problem. In this paper we discuss potential etiologies for age related female reproductive decline. We bring supportive evidence to the central role of mitochondrial dysfunction and oxygen radicals in the process of aging in general and reproductive senescence specifically. We also explore the role of Coenzyme Q10 deficiency as a contributing factor and the effects of its administration.

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