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Monitoring Mitochondrial Changes by Alteration of the PINK1-Parkin Signaling in Drosophila

  • Tsuyoshi Inoshita
  • Kahori Shiba-Fukushima
  • Hongrui Meng
  • Nobutaka Hattori
  • Yuzuru Imai
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series


Mitochondrial quality control is a key process in tissues with high energy demands, such as the brain and muscles. Recent studies using Drosophila have revealed that the genes responsible for familial forms of juvenile Parkinson’s disease (PD), PINK1 and Parkin regulate mitochondrial function and motility. Cell biological analysis using mammalian cultured cells suggests that the dysregulation of mitophagy by PINK1 and Parkin leads to neurodegeneration in PD. In this chapter, we describe the methods to monitor mitochondrial morphology in the indirect flight muscles of adult Drosophila and Drosophila primary cultured neurons and the methods to analyze the motility of mitochondria in the axonal transport of living larval motor neurons.


Axonal transport Fluorescence imaging Mitochondrial fusion and fission Muscle mitochondria Primary neuron culture 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tsuyoshi Inoshita
    • 1
  • Kahori Shiba-Fukushima
    • 1
  • Hongrui Meng
    • 2
  • Nobutaka Hattori
    • 1
    • 3
    • 4
  • Yuzuru Imai
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis and Neuro-Intractable DiseaseJuntendo University Graduate School of MedicineTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Research Institute for Diseases of Old AgeJuntendo University Graduate School of MedicineTokyoJapan
  3. 3.Department of Research for Parkinson’s DiseaseJuntendo University Graduate School of MedicineTokyoJapan
  4. 4.Department of NeurologyJuntendo University Graduate School of MedicineTokyoJapan

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