Title: Expression of stem cell factor/c-kit signaling pathway components in diabetic fibrovascular epiretinal membranes
Authors: Abu El-Asrar, Ahmed M ×
Struyf, Sofie
Opdenakker, Ghislain
Van Damme, Jozef
Geboes, Karel #
Issue Date: Jun-2010
Series Title: Molecular Vision vol:16 issue:122 pages:1098-1107
Abstract: PURPOSE: Stem cell factor (SCF)/c-kit signaling promotes recruitment of endothelial progenitor cells and contributes to ischemia-induced new vessel formation. We investigated the expression of the components of this pathway, including c-kit, SCF, granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF), endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS), and the chemokine receptor CXCR4, in proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR) epiretinal membranes. METHODS: Membranes from eight patients with active PDR and 12 patients with inactive PDR were studied by immunohistochemistry. RESULTS: Blood vessels expressed c-kit, SCF, G-CSF, eNOS, and CXCR4 in 18, 15, 19, 20, and 20 out of 20 membranes, respectively. Significant correlations were detected between the number of blood vessels expressing CD34 and the number of blood vessels expressing SCF (r=0.463; p=0.04), G-CSF (r=0.87; p<0.001), eNOS (r=0.864; p<0.001), and CXCR4 (r=0.864; p<0.001). Stromal cells expressed c-kit, SCF, eNOS, and CXCR4 in 19, 15, 20, and 20 membranes, respectively. The numbers of blood vessels expressing CD34 (p=0.005), c-kit (p=0.03), G-CSF (p=0.007), eNOS (p=0.001), and CXCR4 (p=0.018) and stromal cells expressing c-kit (p=0.013), SCF (p<0.001), eNOS (p=0.048), and CXCR4 (p=0.003) were significantly higher in active membranes than in inactive membranes. CONCLUSIONS: SCF/c-kit signaling might contribute to neovascularization in PDR.
ISSN: 1090-0535
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Laboratory of Immunobiology (Rega Institute)
Laboratory of Molecular Immunology (Rega Institute)
Translational Cell & Tissue Research
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