Burst mitofusin activation reverses neuromuscular dysfunction in murine cmt2a

Antonietta Franco, Xiawei Dang, Emily K. Walton, Joshua N. Ho, Barbara Zablocka, Cindy Ly, Timothy M. Miller, Robert H. Baloh, Michael E. Shy, Andrew S. Yoo, Gerald W. Dorn

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Abstract

Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 2A (CMT2A) is an untreatable childhood peripheral neuropathy caused by mutations of the mitochondrial fusion protein, mitofusin (MFN) 2. Here, pharmacological activation of endogenous normal mitofusins overcame dominant inhibitory effects of CMT2A mutants in reprogrammed human patient motor neurons, reversing hallmark mitochondrial stasis and fragmentation independent of causal MFN2 mutation. In mice expressing human MFN2 T105M, intermittent mitofusin activation with a small molecule, MiM111, normalized CMT2A neuromuscular dysfunction, reversed pre-treatment axon and skeletal myocyte atrophy, and enhanced axon regrowth by increasing mitochondrial transport within peripheral axons and promoting in vivo mitochondrial localization to neuromuscular junctional synapses. MiM111-treated MFN2 T105M mouse neurons exhibited accelerated primary outgrowth and greater post-axotomy regrowth, linked to enhanced mitochondrial motility. MiM111 is the first pre-clinical candidate for CMT2A.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere61119
Pages (from-to)1-42
Number of pages42
JournaleLife
Volume9
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2020

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