Shrimp miR-965 transfers tumoricidal mitochondria

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Background: Micro RNA of Marsupenaeus japonicas has been known to promote apoptosis of tumor cells. However, the detailed mechanisms are not well understood. Results: Using tomographic microscope, which can detect the internal structure of cells, we observed breast tumor cells following treatment of the miRNA. Intriguingly, we found that mitochondria migrate to an adjacent tumor cells through a tunneling nanotube. To recapitulate this process, we engineered a microfluidic device through which mitochondria were transferred. We show that this mitochondrial transfer process released endonuclease G (Endo G) into tumor cells, which we referred to herein as unsealed mitochondria. Importantly, Endo G depleted mitochondria alone did not have tumoricidal effects. Moreover, unsealed mitochondria had synergistic apoptotic effects with subtoxic dose of doxorubicin thereby mitigating cardiotoxicity. Conclusions: Together, we show that the mitochondrial transfer through microfluidics can provide potential novel strategies towards tumor cell death.

Original languageEnglish
Article number16
JournalBiological Procedures Online
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2022

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  • Breast tumor
  • Cotton candy
  • Microfluidics
  • Mitochondria
  • Refractive index
  • Tomographic microscope
  • Tunneling nanotube


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