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Endothelial colony forming cell

Francesca Bianchini, Silvia Peppicelli, Pierangelo Fabbrizzi, Alessio Biagioni, Benedetta Mazzanti, Gloria Menchi, Lido Calorini, Alberto Pupi, Andrea Trabocchi
Fibrosis is the dramatic consequence of a dysregulated reparative process in which activated fibroblasts (myofibroblasts) and Transforming Growth Factor β1 (TGFβ1) play a central role. When exposed to TGFβ1, fibroblast and epithelial cells differentiate in myofibroblasts; in addition, endothelial cells may undergo endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EndoMT) and actively participate to the progression of fibrosis. Recently, the role of αv integrins, which recognize the Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD) tripeptide, in the release and signal transduction activation of TGFβ1 became evident...
October 19, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Katrin Anne Becker, Nadine Beckmann, Constantin Adams, Gabriele Hessler, Melanie Kramer, Erich Gulbins, Alexander Carpinteiro
Metastatic dissemination of cancer cells is one of the hallmarks of malignancy and accounts for approximately 90 % of human cancer deaths. Within the blood vasculature, tumor cells may aggregate with platelets to form clots, adhere to and spread onto endothelial cells, and finally extravasate to form metastatic colonies. We have previously shown that sphingolipids play a central role in the interaction of tumor cells with platelets; this interaction is a prerequisite for hematogenous tumor metastasis in at least some tumor models...
October 15, 2016: Clinical & Experimental Metastasis
Jennifer L Gori, Jason M Butler, Balvir Kunar, Michael G Poulos, Michael Ginsberg, Daniel J Nolan, Zachary K Norgaard, Jennifer E Adair, Shahin Rafii, Hans-Peter Kiem
: : Successful expansion of bone marrow (BM) hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) would benefit many HSPC transplantation and gene therapy/editing applications. However, current expansion technologies have been limited by a loss of multipotency and self-renewal properties ex vivo. We hypothesized that an ex vivo vascular niche would provide prohematopoietic signals to expand HSPCs while maintaining multipotency and self-renewal. To test this hypothesis, BM autologous CD34(+) cells were expanded in endothelial cell (EC) coculture and transplanted in nonhuman primates...
October 14, 2016: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
Yuka Suzuki, Saeko Tada-Oikawa, Yasuhiko Hayashi, Kiyora Izuoka, Misa Kataoka, Shunsuke Ichikawa, Wenting Wu, Cai Zong, Gaku Ichihara, Sahoko Ichihara
BACKGROUND: The use of carbon nanotubes has increased lately. However, the cardiovascular effect of exposure to carbon nanotubes remains elusive. The present study investigated the effects of pulmonary exposure to single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) and double-walled carbon nanotubes (DWCNTs) on atherosclerogenesis using normal human aortic endothelial cells (HAECs) and apolipoprotein E-deficient (ApoE(-/-)) mice, a model of human atherosclerosis. METHODS: HAECs were cultured and exposed to SWCNTs or DWCNTs for 16 h...
October 13, 2016: Particle and Fibre Toxicology
Fatemeh Mahmoodi, Hassan Akrami
Placental growth factor (PlGF) a member of the vascular endothelial growth factor family regulates some cell processes such as survival, growth of vascular endothelial cells, invasiveness and also involves in pathological angiogenesis and metastasis in most cancers. Cancer stem cells are believed to be the main reason for the tumor relapse and resistance to therapy. These cells have various characteristics as same as normal tissue-specific adult stem cells, including self-renewability and potent to differentiate into various cell types...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
Yan Wu, Meng-Yu He, Jian-Kui Ye, Shu-Ying Ma, Wen Huang, Yong-Yue Wei, Hui Kong, Hong Wang, Xiao-Ning Zeng, Wei-Ping Xie
Accumulating data, including those from our laboratory, have shown that the opening of ATP-sensitive potassium channels (KATP ) plays a protective role in pulmonary vascular diseases (PVD). As maintainers of the endothelial framework, endothelial colony-forming cells (ECFCs) are considered excellent candidates for vascular regeneration in cases of PVD. Although KATP openers (KCOs) have been demonstrated to have beneficial effects on endothelial cells, the impact of KATP on ECFC function remains unclear. Herein, this study investigated whether there is a distribution of KATP in ECFCs and what role KATP play in ECFC modulation...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Ashley N Sharpe, Wen J Seeto, Randolph L Winter, Qiao Zhong, Elizabeth A Lipke, Anne A Wooldridge
OBJECTIVE To evaluate optimal isolation of endothelial colony-forming cells (ECFCs) from peripheral blood of horses. SAMPLE Jugular and cephalic venous blood samples from 17 adult horses. PROCEDURES Each blood sample was divided; isolation was performed with whole blood adherence (WBA) and density gradient centrifugation (DGC). Isolated cells were characterized by uptake of 1,1'-dioctadecyl-3,3,3',3'-tetramethylindocarbocyanine perchlorate-labeled acetylated low-density lipoprotein (DiI-Ac-LDL), vascular tubule formation, and expression of endothelial (CD34, CD105, vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-2, and von Willebrand factor) and hematopoietic (CD14) cell markers by use of indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA) and flow cytometry...
October 2016: American Journal of Veterinary Research
Jose L Viñas, Dylan Burger, Joseph Zimpelmann, Randa Haneef, William Knoll, Pearl Campbell, Alex Gutsol, Anthony Carter, David S Allan, Kevin D Burns
Administration of human cord blood endothelial colony-forming cells (ECFCs) or their exosomes protects mice against kidney ischemia/reperfusion injury. Here we studied the microRNA (miRNA) content of ECFC exosomes and the role of miRNA transfer in kidney and endothelial cell protection. ECFC exosomes were enriched in miR-486-5p, which targets the phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN) and the Akt pathway. In cultured endothelial cells exposed to hypoxia, incubation with ECFC exosomes increased miR-486-5p, decreased PTEN, and stimulated Akt phosphorylation...
September 17, 2016: Kidney International
Vahid Siavashi, Simin Asadian, Masoud Taheri-Asl, Homa Babaei, Samaneh Keshavarz, Mohammad Bazaei, Seyed Mahdi Nassiri
Many infants who develop bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) are born with serious respiratory distress syndrome (RDS), which is associated with impaired vascular and alveolar growth. RDS is a breathing disorder that mostly affects preterm infants and occurs in infants whose lungs have not yet been fully developed. The use of surfactant in RDS treatment does not necessarily prevent BPD. Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) may contribute to lung angiogenesis for the prevention and treatment of BPD. The aim of this study was to evaluate the therapeutic efficacy of phototherapy for EPC release in preterm infants born with RDS...
September 20, 2016: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
Kishore Reddy Katikireddy, Thore Schmedt, Marianne O Price, Francis W Price, Ula V Jurkunas
Human corneal endothelial cells are derived from neural crest and because of postmitotic arrest lack competence to repair cell loss from trauma, aging, and degenerative disorders such as Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy (FECD). Herein, we identified a rapidly proliferating subpopulation of cells from the corneal endothelium of adult normal and FECD donors that exhibited features of neural crest-derived progenitor (NCDP) cells by showing absence of senescence with passaging, propensity to form spheres, and increased colony forming efficacy compared with the primary cells...
October 2016: American Journal of Pathology
S Tsukada, H Masuda, S Y Jung, J Yun, S Kang, D Y Kim, J H Park, S T Ji, S-M Kwon, T Asahara
AIM: Dysfunction of circulating endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) has been shown to affect the development of microvascular diseases in diabetes patients. The aim of this study was to elucidate the development and mechanical dysfunction of EPCs in type 2 diabetes (T2D). METHODS: The colony-forming capacity of EPCs and differentiation potential of bone marrow (BM) c-Kit(+)/Sca-I(+) lineage-negative mononuclear cells (KSL) were examined in T2D mice, db/db mice and KKA(y) mice, using EPC colony-forming assay (EPC-CFA)...
September 13, 2016: Diabetes & Metabolism
Estella Zuccolo, Silvia Dragoni, Valentina Poletto, Paolo Catarsi, Daniele Guido, Alessandra Rappa, Marta Reforgiato, Francesco Lodola, Dmitry Lim, Vittorio Rosti, Germano Guerra, Francesco Moccia
Arachidonic acid (AA) stimulates endothelial cell (EC) proliferation through an increase in intracellular Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)]i), that, in turn, promotes nitric oxide (NO) release. AA-evoked Ca(2+) signals are mainly mediated by Transient Receptor Potential Vanilloid 4 (TRPV4) channels. Circulating endothelial colony forming cells (ECFCs) represent the only established precursors of ECs. In the present study, we therefore, sought to elucidate whether AA promotes human ECFC (hECFC) proliferation through an increase in [Ca(2+)]i and the following activation of the endothelial NO synthase (eNOS)...
September 12, 2016: Vascular Pharmacology
Simon Altmeier, Albulena Toska, Florian Sparber, Alvaro Teijeira, Cornelia Halin, Salomé LeibundGut-Landmann
Mucosal infections with Candida albicans belong to the most frequent forms of fungal diseases. Host protection is conferred by cellular immunity; however, the induction of antifungal immunity is not well understood. Using a mouse model of oropharyngeal candidiasis (OPC) we show that interleukin-1 receptor (IL-1R) signaling is critical for fungal control at the onset of infection through its impact on neutrophils at two levels. We demonstrate that both the recruitment of circulating neutrophils to the site of infection and the mobilization of newly generated neutrophils from the bone marrow depended on IL-1R...
September 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Xinyan Miao, Wei Zhang, Zhangsen Huang, Nailin Li
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is associated with platelet dysfunction and impaired angiogenesis. Aim of the study is to investigate if platelet dysfunction might hamper platelet angiogenic activities in T2DM patients. Sixteen T2DM patients and gender/age-matched non-diabetic controls were studied. Flow cytometry and endothelial colony forming cell (ECFC) tube formation on matrigel were used to assess platelet reactivity and angiogenic activity, respectively. Thrombin receptor PAR1-activating peptide (PAR1-AP) induced higher platelet P-selectin expression, and evoked more rapid and intense platelet annexin V binding in T2DM patients, seen as a more rapid increase of annexin V+ platelets (24...
2016: PloS One
Philippe Garrigue, Guillaume Hache, Youssef Bennis, Pauline Brige, Jimmy Stalin, Lionel Pellegrini, Lionel Velly, Francesca Orlandi, Elena Castaldi, Françoise Dignat-George, Florence Sabatier, Benjamin Guillet
BACKGROUND: endothelial colony-forming cells (ECFCs) are promising candidates for cell therapy of ischemic diseases, as less than 10% of patients suffering from an ischemic stroke are eligible for thrombolysis. We previously reported that erythropoietin priming of ECFCs increased their in vitro and in vivo angiogenic properties in mice with hind limb ischemia. OBJECTIVE: the present study aimed to evaluate whether priming of ECFCs with erythropoietin could enhance their homing into the ischemic site after transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) followed by reperfusion in rats and potentiate their protective or regenerative effects on brain-blood barrier disruption (BBBd), cerebral apoptosis and cerebral blood flow (CBF) by Single Photon Emission/Computed Tomography (SPECT/CT) imaging...
September 8, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Aruni Bhatnagar, Roberto Bolli, Brian H Johnstone, Jay H Traverse, Timothy D Henry, Carl J Pepine, James T Willerson, Emerson C Perin, Stephen G Ellis, David X M Zhao, Phillip C Yang, John P Cooke, Robert C Schutt, Barry H Trachtenberg, Aaron Orozco, Micheline Resende, Ray F Ebert, Shelly L Sayre, Robert D Simari, Lem Moyé, Christopher R Cogle, Doris A Taylor
BACKGROUND: Although several preclinical studies have shown that bone marrow cell (BMC) transplantation promotes cardiac recovery after myocardial infarction, clinical trials with unfractionated bone marrow have shown variable improvements in cardiac function. METHODS: To determine whether in a population of post-myocardial infarction patients, functional recovery after BM transplant is associated with specific BMC subpopulation, we examined the association between BMCs with left ventricular (LV) function in the LateTIME-CCTRN trial...
September 2016: American Heart Journal
Shih-Ya Tseng, Ting-Hsing Chao, Yi-Heng Li, Chung-Lung Cho
This study investigated the effect of cilostazol on proangiogenesis functions in human early endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) in vitro and the therapeutic implication of hybrid therapy with cilostazol and human early EPCs in vivo. Cilostazol significantly increased colony-forming units and enhanced differentiation of EPCs toward endothelial lineage. Treatments resulted in antiapoptotic effects and stimulated proliferation and migration and in vitro vascular tube formation through activation of stromal cell-derived factor-1 (SDF-1)/C-X-C chemokine receptor type 4 (CXCR4)/phosphatidylinositol-3 kinase (PI3K)/Akt signaling pathway...
2016: BioMed Research International
Ugo Testa, Ernestina Saulle, Germana Castelli, Elvira Pelosi
Studies carried out in the last years have improved the understanding of the cellular and molecular mechanisms controlling angiogenesis during adult life in normal and pathological conditions. Some of these studies have led to the identification of some progenitor cells that sustain angiogenesis through indirect, paracrine mechanisms (hematopoietic angiogenic cells) and through direct mechanisms, i.e., through their capacity to generate a progeny of phenotypically and functionally competent endothelial cells [endothelial colony forming cells (ECFCs)]...
2016: Stem Cell Investigation
Fahad W Ahmed, Rachel Rider, Michael Glanville, Kilimangalam Narayanan, Salman Razvi, Jolanta U Weaver
BACKGROUND: Type 1 diabetes is associated with increased cardiovascular disease (CVD). Decreased endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) number plays a pivotal role in reduced endothelial repair and development of CVD. We aimed to determine if cardioprotective effect of metformin is mediated by increasing circulating endothelial progenitor cells (cEPCs), pro-angiogenic cells (PACs) and decreasing circulating endothelial cells (cECs) count whilst maintaining unchanged glycemic control. METHODS: This study was an open label and parallel standard treatment study...
2016: Cardiovascular Diabetology
Rabab Nasrallah, Eva M Fast, Parham Solaimani, Kathy Knezevic, Alexia Eliades, Rahima Patel, Roshana Thambyrajah, Ashwin Unnikrishnan, Julie Thoms, Dominik Beck, Chris S Vink, Aileen Smith, Jason Wong, Mairi Shepherd, David Kent, Rahul Roychoudhuri, Fabian Paul, Julia Klippert, Annette Hammes, Thomas Willnow, Bertie Göttgens, Elaine Dzierzak, Leonard I Zon, George Lacaud, Valerie Kouskoff, John E Pimanda
Enhancers are the primary determinants of cell identity, and specific promoter/enhancer combinations of Endoglin (ENG) have been shown to target blood and endothelium in the embryo. Here, we generated a series of embryonic stem cell lines, each targeted with reporter constructs driven by specific promoter/enhancer combinations of ENG, to evaluate their discriminative potential and value as molecular probes of the corresponding transcriptome. The Eng promoter (P) in combination with the -8/+7/+9-kb enhancers, targeted cells in FLK1 mesoderm that were enriched for blast colony forming potential, whereas the P/-8-kb enhancer targeted TIE2+/c-KIT+/CD41- endothelial cells that were enriched for hematopoietic potential...
October 13, 2016: Blood
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