Mitochondria to the rescue

Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Scott & White, Temple, USA.
Nature medicine (Impact Factor: 27.36). 05/2012; 18(5):653-4. DOI: 10.1038/nm.2769
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A new study using a mouse model of lung diseases is the first demonstration in vivo that bone marrow–derived stromal cells can repair tissue injury through the transfer of mitochondria (pages 759-765). This suggests that rescue of injured cells through mitochondrial transfer may be an important process in many diseases.

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    • "filopodia) and microvesicles (eg. exosomes) and, thus, contribute to the repair of an injured lung in vivo (Islam et al. 2012;Prockop 2012). Whether the transfer of mitochondria from MSCs to injured or senescent cells occurs during wound healing of the skin is currently unclear and needs further investigation. "
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    ABSTRACT: Wound healing and scar remodelling are complex, multi-cellular processes that involve coordinated regulation of many cell types and various cytokines. The repair capacity gradually decreases with aging, constituting a severe health problem that frequently affects aged individuals. The decrease in cell number and function of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) is most likely responsible for the decline of tissue regeneration and wound healing. MSCs are endowed with the unique capacity for self renewal and differentiation into histogenetically distinct cell types required for tissue repair. In addition, by their potential to sense danger signals at the wound site, MSCs are able to adaptively respond to infections and unrestrained macrophage activation and thus control inflammation. These properties make them promising for the treatment of chronic non-healing wounds in the elderly, or even for rejuvenation of the skin and other organs. This review will focus on the physiological and therapeutic roles of MSCs in cutaneous wound healing in the context of age-related chronic wounds, and will help to decipher how the aging process affects the overall wound repair capacity of MSCs.
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    • "In addition, the limitation of spontaneous BMPC engraftment in the hearts of c‐Kit/CD117‐knockout mice with permanent coronary ligation decreases postinfarction survival and contractile function, compared with wild‐type controls.10 These effects could rely on direct differentiation and/or fusion with adult cardiomyocytes,11 or paracrine mechanisms (including intercellular micro‐RNA12 or mitochondrial13 transfer). The origin of cardiac myofibroblasts is also attributed to circulating precursors that originate in the bone marrow.14–15 "
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    • "Recent analyses of the available sequence data confirmed the earlier suspicion that Chlamydia bacteria had assisted in this further increase in the complexity of eukaryotic cell (Becker et al., 2008; Price et al., 2012a; Spiegel, 2012; Ball et al., 2013; Baum, 2013). Although both mitochondria and plastids lost their independence during this very long intracellular symbiosis, they still retained some microbial autonomy allowing them even to change their host cells (Spees et al., 2006; Acquistapace et al., 2011; Rebbeck et al., 2011; Islam et al., 2012; Prockop, 2012; Thyssen et al., 2012). Moreover, some microorganism-derived organelles, such as mitosomes and hydrogenosomes, lack a genome and any DNA (Dolezal et al., 2005; Shiflett and Johnson, 2010), suggesting that some other organelles (e.g., peroxisomes) might also have a microbial origin (De Duve, 2007; Duhita et al., 2010). "
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    ABSTRACT: In the course of plant evolution, there is an obvious trend toward an increased complexity of plant bodies, as well as an increased sophistication of plant behavior and communication. Phenotypic plasticity of plants is based on the polar auxin transport machinery that is directly linked with plant sensory systems impinging on plant behavior and adaptive responses. Similar to the emergence and evolution of eukaryotic cells, evolution of land plants was also shaped and driven by infective and symbiotic microorganisms. These microorganisms are the driving force behind the evolution of plant synapses and other neuronal aspects of higher plants; this is especially pronounced in the root apices. Plant synapses allow synaptic cell-cell communication and coordination in plants, as well as sensory-motor integration in root apices searching for water and mineral nutrition. These neuronal aspects of higher plants are closely linked with their unique ability to adapt to environmental changes.
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