Muscle Stem Cell Fate is Directed by the Mitochondrial Fusion Protein OPA1

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Title: Muscle Stem Cell Fate is Directed by the Mitochondrial Fusion Protein OPA1
Authors: Baker, Nicole
Date: 2021-04-06
Abstract: During aging there is a decline in (MuSCs) and muscle regeneration, though the underlying reason is unknown. Interestingly, mitochondrial fragmentation is a common feature in aging, however, how this impacts MuSC function and maintenance has not been investigated. To address the effect of mitochondrial fragmentation in MuSCs, we generated a knockout mouse model using the Pax7CreERT2 inducible system to target deletion of the mitochondrial fusion protein Opa1 specifically within MuSCs (Opa1-KO). Analysis of MuSC function following muscle injury revealed a defect in the regenerative potential of Opa1-KO MuSCs. Moreover, following injury there was a substantial decrease in the number of MuSC in Opa1-KO animals with a concomitant increase in the number of committing cells, illustrating that loss of Opa1 drives MuSC towards commitment at the expense of self-renewal. Furthermore, loss of Opa1 in MuSCs alters the quiescence state, priming MuSCs for activation, as indicated by a reduction in quiescence-related genes, increased EdU incorporation, and enhanced cell cycle kinetics. To address the impact of mitochondrial dysfunction on muscle stem cell capacity, we generated a model of chronic Opa1 loss. Analysis of muscle stem cell function 3 months after Opa1 ablation revealed mitochondrial dysfunction and a defect in proliferation upon activation, leading to failed muscle regeneration. These data are the first to demonstrate a novel role for mitochondrial structure in the regulation of MuSC maintenance and regenerative capacity.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/41974
http://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-26196
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