Title: Sustained Endothelial Progenitor Cell Dysfunction after Chronic Hypoxia-Induced Pulmonary Hypertension
Authors: Marsboom, Glenn
Pokreisz, Peter
Gheysens, Olivier
Vermeersch, Pieter
Gillijns, Hilde
Pellens, Marijke
Liu, Xiaoshun
Collen, Desire
Janssens, Stefan # ×
Issue Date: Apr-2008
Publisher: AlphaMed Press
Series Title: Stem Cells vol:26 issue:4 pages:1017-1026
Abstract: Circulating endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) contribute to neovascularization of ischemic tissues and repair of injured endothelium. The role of bone marrow-derived progenitor cells in hypoxia-induced pulmonary vascular remodeling and their tissue-engineering potential in pulmonary hypertension (PH) remains largely unknown. We studied endogenous mobilization and homing of EPCs in green fluorescent protein bone marrow chimeric mice exposed to chronic hypoxia (CHx), a common hallmark of PH. Despite increased peripheral mobilization, as shown by flow cytometry and EPC culture, bone marrow-derived endothelial cell recruitment in remodeling lung vessels was limited. Moreover, transfer of VEGFR-2(+)/Sca-1(+)/CXCR-4(+) cultured early outgrowth EPCs failed to reverse PH, suggesting hypoxia-induced functional impairment of transferred EPCs. CHx decreased migration to SDF-1alpha, adhesion to fibronectin, incorporation into a vascular network, and nitric oxide production (-41%, -29%, -30%, and -32%, respectively, versus normoxic EPCs, P<0.05 for all). The dysfunctional phenotype of hypoxic EPCs significantly impaired their neovascularization capacity in chronic hindlimb ischemia, contrary to normoxic EPCs cultured in identical conditions. Mechanisms contributing to EPC dysfunction include reduced integrin alphav and beta1 expression, decreased mitochondrial membrane potential, and enhanced senescence. Novel insights from chronic hypoxia-induced EPC dysfunction may provide important cues for improved future cell repair strategies.
ISSN: 1066-5099
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Clinical Residents Medicine
Experimental Cardiology
Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging
Vesalius Research Centre (-)
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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