Serum-Deprived Human Multipotent Mesenchymal Stromal cells (MSCs) are Highly Angiogenic.
National Institutes of Health
P40RR017447,AR 47796,AR 48323
Department of Biology
Recent reports have indicated that mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) from bone marrow have a potential in vascular remodeling and angiogenesis. Here, we report a unique phenomenon that under serum-deprived conditions MSCs survive and replicate. Secretome analysis of MSCs grown under serum-deprived conditions (SD-MSCs) identified a significant upregulation of prosurvival and angiogenic factors including VEGF-A, ANGPTs, IGF-1, and HGF. An ex vivo rat aortic assay demonstrated longer neovascular sprouts generated from rat aortic rings cultured in SD-MSC-conditioned media compared to neovascular sprouts from aortas grown in MSC-conditioned media. With prolonged serum deprivation, a subpopulation of SD-MSCs began to exhibit an endothelial phenotype. This population expressed endothelial-specific proteins including VEGFR2, Tie2/TEK, PECAM/CD31, and eNOS and also demonstrated the ability to uptake acetylated LDL. SD-MSCs also exhibited enhanced microtubule formation in an in vitro angiogenesis assay. Modified chick chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) angiogenesis assays showed significantly higher angiogenic potential for SD-MSCs compared to MSCs. Analysis of CAMs grown with SD-MSCs identified human-specific CD31-positive cells in vascular structures. We conclude that under the stress of serum deprivation MSCs are highly angiogenic and a population of these cells has the potential to differentiate into endothelial-like cells.
Oskowitz, A.; McFerrin, H.; Gutschow, M.; Carter, M. L.; and Pochampally, R., "Serum-Deprived Human Multipotent Mesenchymal Stromal cells (MSCs) are Highly Angiogenic." (2011). Faculty and Staff Publications. 231.