Oral coenzyme Q10 supplementation improves clinical symptoms and recovers pathologic alterations in blood mononuclear cells in a fibromyalgia patient

Nutrition. Nov-Dec 2012;28(11-12):1200-3. doi: 10.1016/j.nut.2012.03.018. Epub 2012 Aug 14.

Abstract

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic pain syndrome with unknown etiology. Recent studies have shown evidence demonstrating that mitochondrial dysfunction and oxidative stress may have a role in the pathophysiology of FM. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an essential electron carrier in the mitochondrial respiratory chain and a strong antioxidant. Low CoQ10 levels have been detected in patients with FM, and a significant decrease of clinical symptoms has been reported after oral CoQ10 supplementation. In this report, we show the effect of CoQ10 treatment on clinical symptoms, blood mononuclear cells, and mitochondrial and oxidative stress markers from a woman with FM. After CoQ10 treatment, the patient reported a significant improvement of clinical symptoms. At the cellular level, CoQ10 treatment restored mitochondrial dysfunction and the mtDNA copy number, decreased oxidative stress, and increased mitochondrial biogenesis. Our results suggest that CoQ10 could be an alternative therapeutic approach for FM.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Ataxia / complications
  • Ataxia / diet therapy*
  • Dietary Supplements*
  • Female
  • Fibromyalgia / blood
  • Fibromyalgia / complications*
  • Fibromyalgia / metabolism
  • Fibromyalgia / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Leukocytes, Mononuclear / metabolism*
  • Middle Aged
  • Mitochondria / metabolism*
  • Mitochondrial Diseases / complications
  • Mitochondrial Diseases / diet therapy*
  • Mitochondrial Turnover
  • Muscle Weakness / complications
  • Muscle Weakness / diet therapy*
  • Oxidative Stress
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Ubiquinone / analogs & derivatives*
  • Ubiquinone / deficiency
  • Ubiquinone / therapeutic use

Substances

  • Ubiquinone
  • coenzyme Q10

Supplementary concepts

  • Coenzyme Q10 Deficiency