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Stable transplantation of human mitochondrial DNA by high-throughput, pressurized isolated mitochondrial delivery

  1. Alexander J Sercel
  2. Alexander N Patananan
  3. Tianxing Man
  4. Ting-Hsiang Wu
  5. Amy K Yu
  6. Garret W Guyot
  7. Shahrooz Rabizadeh
  8. Kayvan R Niazi
  9. Pei-Yu Chiou
  10. Michael A Teitell  Is a corresponding author
  1. UCLA, United States
  2. NanoCav, LLC, NantBio, Inc, and ImmunityBio, Inc, United States
  3. NanoCav, LLC, NantBio, Inc, and ImmunityBio, Inc, and NantOmics, LLC, United States
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Cite this article as: eLife 2021;10:e63102 doi: 10.7554/eLife.63102

Abstract

Generating mammalian cells with specific mtDNA-nDNA combinations is desirable but difficult to achieve and would be enabling for studies of mitochondrial-nuclear communication and coordination in controlling cell fates and functions. We developed 'MitoPunch', a pressure-driven mitochondrial transfer device, to deliver isolated mitochondria into numerous target mammalian cells simultaneously. MitoPunch and MitoCeption, a previously described force-based mitochondrial transfer approach, both yield stable isolated mitochondrial recipient (SIMR) cells that permanently retain exogenous mtDNA, whereas coincubation of mitochondria with cells does not yield SIMR cells. Although a typical MitoPunch or MitoCeption delivery results in dozens of immortalized SIMR clones with restored oxidative phosphorylation, only MitoPunch can produce replication-limited, non-immortal human SIMR clones. The MitoPunch device is versatile, inexpensive to assemble, and easy to use for engineering mtDNA-nDNA combinations to enable fundamental studies and potential translational applications.

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  1. Alexander J Sercel

    Molecular Biology Institute Interdepartmental Program, UCLA, Los Angeles, United States
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    No competing interests declared.
  2. Alexander N Patananan

    Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UCLA, Los Angeles, United States
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    No competing interests declared.
  3. Tianxing Man

    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UCLA, Los Angeles, United States
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    No competing interests declared.
  4. Ting-Hsiang Wu

    NanoCav, LLC, NantBio, Inc, and ImmunityBio, Inc, Culver City, United States
    Competing interests
    Ting-Hsiang Wu, T.-H.W. was an employee of NanoCav, LLC, and is currently employed by NantBio, Inc and ImmunityBio, Inc..
  5. Amy K Yu

    Molecular Biology Institute Interdepartmental Program, UCLA, Los Angeles, United States
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    No competing interests declared.
  6. Garret W Guyot

    Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UCLA, Los Angeles, United States
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    No competing interests declared.
  7. Shahrooz Rabizadeh

    NanoCav, LLC, NantBio, Inc, and ImmunityBio, Inc, and NantOmics, LLC, Culver City, United States
    Competing interests
    Shahrooz Rabizadeh, S.R. is a board member of NanoCav, LLC, and employed by NantBio, Inc, ImmunityBio, Inc, and NantOmics, LLC..
  8. Kayvan R Niazi

    NanoCav, LLC, NantBio, Inc, and ImmunityBio, Inc, Culver City, United States
    Competing interests
    Kayvan R Niazi, K.R.N. is a board member of NanoCav, LLC, and employed by NantBio, Inc and ImmunityBio, Inc..
  9. Pei-Yu Chiou

    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UCLA, Los Angeles, United States
    Competing interests
    Pei-Yu Chiou, P.-Y.C. is a co-founder, board member, shareholder, and consultant for NanoCav, LLC, a private start-up company working on mitochondrial transfer techniques and applications..
  10. Michael A Teitell

    Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UCLA, Los Angeles, United States
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    mteitell@mednet.ucla.edu
    Competing interests
    Michael A Teitell, M.A.T. is a co-founder, board member, shareholder, and consultant for NanoCav, LLC, a private start-up company working on mitochondrial transfer techniques and applications..
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Funding

National Institutes of Health (T32CA009120)

  • Alexander J Sercel
  • Alexander N Patananan

National Institutes of Health (R21CA227480)

  • Michael A Teitell

National Institutes of Health (P30CA016042)

  • Michael A Teitell

CIRM (RT3-07678)

  • Michael A Teitell

National Institutes of Health (T32GM007185)

  • Alexander J Sercel

American Heart Association (18POST34080342)

  • Alexander N Patananan

National Institutes of Health (T32GM008042)

  • Amy K Yu

National Science Foundation (CBET 1404080)

  • Pei-Yu Chiou

National Institutes of Health (R01GM114188)

  • Pei-Yu Chiou
  • Michael A Teitell

Air Force Office of Scientific Research (FA9550-15-1-0406)

  • Pei-Yu Chiou
  • Michael A Teitell

National Institutes of Health (R01GM073981)

  • Michael A Teitell

National Institutes of Health (R01CA185189)

  • Michael A Teitell

The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.

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  1. Simon C Johnson, University of Washington, United States

Publication history

  1. Received: September 15, 2020
  2. Accepted: January 12, 2021
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: January 13, 2021 (version 1)

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© 2021, Sercel et al.

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