Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol.503, No.2, 729-736, 2018
Mitoflash lights single mitochondrial dynamics events in mature cardiomyocytes
Mitochondria, the powerhouse of eukaryotic cells, are highly dynamic organelle. Mitochondrial fission, fusion, kissing and contraction have been reported over and over again in non-static cells, such as fibroblast, with tubular mitochondrial networks. Even though the fluorescence propagation among mitochondria of mature cardiomyocytes had been captured using mitochondrial matrix targeted photoactivatable GFP (PAGFP) or MitoDendra proteins, there are no direct evidence that single real time mitochondrial dynamics events exist in mature cardiomyocytes with ball-like mitochondria. Here we first time revealed the visualizable single mitochondria] dynamics events in adult mature cardiomyocytes by the mitochondrial flash (mitoflash). We found fission, fusion, contraction and kissing were accompanied by a mitofiash event. Metabolism could increase mitochondria] contraction. Fusion and Kissing mediated inter-mitochondrial communication with higher frequency than fission. These results demonstrate that mitochondria of static mature cardiomyocytes are undergoing the rare, but real dynamics change. (C) 2018 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.