[Biological Functions of Succinate (a Review of Foreign Experimental Studies)]

Antibiot Khimioter. 2015;60(9-10):33-7.
[Article in Russian]


The published data on the modern concept of the biological role of succinate, an intermediate of the citric acid cycle are analysed in the review. Special interest to succinate is determined by investigations on the mitochondrial functions at different pathologies, discovery of the hypoxia-inducible factor HIF-1 and studies on the human genome, that resulted in detection of the G-protein coupled receptors, which selectively are bound with succinate. According to the published experimental data, besides participation in oxidative reactions, succinate is considered as a key contributor to physiological, metabolic and genetic processes.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Genome, Human*
  • Humans
  • Hypoxia-Inducible Factor 1, alpha Subunit / genetics
  • Hypoxia-Inducible Factor 1, alpha Subunit / metabolism*
  • Receptors, G-Protein-Coupled / genetics
  • Receptors, G-Protein-Coupled / metabolism*
  • Succinates / metabolism*
  • Succinates / pharmacology*


  • HIF1A protein, human
  • Hypoxia-Inducible Factor 1, alpha Subunit
  • Receptors, G-Protein-Coupled
  • Succinates