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An in-silico study to determine whether changes to mitochondria organization through engineered mitochondrial dynamics can enhance bioenergetics in cardiomyocytes

Adarsh Kumbhari, Shouryadipta Ghosh, Peter Kim, Vijay Rajagopal

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory | Published : 2020


SUMMARY Mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell and owing to their unique energetic demands, heart muscles contain a high density of mitochondria. In conditions such as heart failure and diabetes-induced heart disease, changes in the organization of cardiac mitochondria are common. While recent studies have also shown that cardiac mitochondria split and fuse throughout the cell, a mechanistic understanding of how mitochondrial dynamics may affect energy output is lacking. Using a mathematical model that has been fitted to experimental data, we test if briefly altering fission or fusion rates improves ATP production and supply in cardiomyocytes. Unexpectedly, we found that cardiac bioener..

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