Succinate dehydrogenase loss in familial paraganglioma: Biochemistry, genetics, and epigenetics

Yeng F. Her, L James Maher III

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It is counterintuitive that metabolic defects reducing ATP production can cause, rather than protect from, cancer. Yet this is precisely the case for familial paraganglioma, a form of neuroendocrine malignancy caused by loss of succinate dehydrogenase in the tricarboxylic acid cycle. Here we review biochemical, genetic, and epigenetic considerations in succinate dehydrogenase loss and present leading models and mysteries associated with this fascinating and important tumor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number296167
JournalInternational Journal of Endocrinology
StatePublished - 2015


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrine and Autonomic Systems
  • Endocrinology
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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