Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Mitochondrial Health as Modulators of COVID-19

Targeting Mitochondria 2021 BurtscherDr. Johannes Burtscher, from University of Lausanne, Suisse will join the Targeting Mitochondria 2021 Congress and will give a presentation entitled "Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Mitochondrial Health as Modulators of COVID-19".

Dr. Burtscher confirms that some coronaviruses like SARS-CoV-2, the pathogen causing COVID-19, manipulate host cell mitochondria to dodge the host immune defense. We hypothesize that good mitochondrial health, for example due to regular exercise and associated with cardiorespiratory fitness, protects from viral manipulation of mitochondria. Conversely, mitochondrial damage may facilitate viral infection and aggravate the disease. I will summarize the theoretical interactions of SARS-CoV-2 with host mitochondria and provide an overview of recent studies investigating the link between COVID-19 and cardiorespiratory fitness and mitochondrial health.


Targeting Mitochondria 2021 Congress
October 27-29, 2021 - Berlin & Virtual Congress