Mitochondrial DNA in Telocytes

  • Dongli Song
  • Dragos Cretoiu
  • Xiangdong WangEmail author
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 1038)


Telocyte (TC) is a new identified interstitial cell type with a small nuclear and one or several long and thin prolongations with enlargements on them. They were found in many mammals including humans, mouse, rats, dogs, and monkeys and play vital roles in many physiological and pathological conditions. The ultrastructure of mitochondria was observed in TCs, and the alterations were found in TCs from inflammatory ureter tissue. MtDNA is associated with mitochondria normal functions and involved in physiological and pathological processes. However, mitochondria and mtDNA in TCs were not investigated deeply. This review will introduce the origin, distribution, morphology, and functions of TCs and the distribution and functions of TC mitochondria in order to improve a better understanding of the potential functions of mtDNA in TCs.


Mitochondria DNA Telocytes 



The work was supported by Zhongshan Distinguished Professor Grant (XDW), the National Nature Science Foundation of China (91230204, 81270099, 81320108001, 81270131, 81300010), the Shanghai Committee of Science and Technology (12JC1402200, 12431900207, 11410708600, 14431905100), Operation funding of Shanghai Institute of Clinical Bioinformatics, Ministry of Education for Academic Special Science and Research Foundation for PhD Education (20130071110043), and National Key Research and Development Program (2016YFC0902400, 2017YFSF090207).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Zhongshan Hospital Institute of Clinical Science, Fudan University, Shanghai Medical CollegeShanghaiChina
  2. 2.Shanghai Institute of Clinical BioinformaticsShanghaiChina
  3. 3.Division of Cellular and Molecular Biology and Histology, Department of Morphological SciencesCarol Davila University of Medicine and PharmacyBucharestRomania
  4. 4.Victor Babeş National Institute of PathologyBucharestRomania

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