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Mitochondria to the rescue

A new study using a mouse model of lung diseases is the first demonstration in vivo that bone marrow–derived stromal cells can repair tissue injury through the transfer of mitochondria (pages 751–758). This suggests that rescue of injured cells through mitochondrial transfer may be an important process in many diseases.

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Figure 1: Mitochondrial transfer from BMSCs protects against lung injury.


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D.J.P. is the chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of Temple Therapeutics, LLC.

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Prockop, D. Mitochondria to the rescue. Nat Med 18, 653–654 (2012).

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