Many individuals (both young and old) suffer from various forms of mitochondrial disease, these range in severity and health impact for each individual. If I have learned one thing about mito… it is that NO TWO mito patients are alike. Mito is a spectrum of symptoms which has the potential to impact every single body system, making diagnosis and defining mitochondrial disease difficult. In the mito world, you hear a lot about primary and secondary mitochondrial disorders. Today, please SHARE this mito minute defining primary mitochondrial disorders.
Primary Mitochondrial Disorders:
“The term mitochondrial disorder usually refers to primary disorders of mitochondrial metabolism affecting oxidative phosphorylation.”
This information comes from The National Center for Biotechnology Information: Gene Reviews: Mitochondrial Disorders Overview.
Clear as mud? In Laymen’s terms: “oxidative phosphorylation” is defined as an enzymatic process in cell metabolism that synthesizes ATP from ADP…
even more simplified: “oxidative phosphorylation” is a process that occurs in the cell which produces ENERGY (ATP).”
This video may help clarify it in simpler terms:
Check out this “oxidative phosphorylation” song, it is kinda catchy too!