Apr 18, 2020

Transplantation of muscle stem cell mitochondria rejuvenates the bioenergetic function of dystrophic muscle

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M. MohiuddinYoung Charles Jang


Mitochondrial dysfunction has been implicated in various pathologies, including muscular dystrophies. During muscle regeneration, resident stem cells, also known as muscle satellite cells (MuSCs), undergo myogenic differentiation to form de novo myofibers or fuse to existing syncytia. Leveraging this cell-cell fusion process, we postulated that mitochondria stemming from MuSCs could be transferred to myofibers during muscle regeneration to remodel the mitochondrial network and restore bioenergetic function. Here, we report that dystrophic MuSCs manifest significant mitochondrial dysfunction and fuse with existing dystrophic myofibers to propagate mitochondrial dysfunction during muscle repair. We demonstrate that by transplanting healthy donor MuSCs into dystrophic host muscle, the mitochondrial network (reticulum) and bioenergetic function can be rejuvenated. Conversely, when bioenergetically-compromised donor MuSCs are transplanted, improvements in mitochondrial organization and bioenergetic function were ablated in the dystrophic recipient. Overall, these data reveal a unique role of muscle stem cells as an essential regulator of myofiber mitochondrial homeostasis and a potential therapeutic target against mitochondrial myop...Continue Reading

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