Effects of autologous mesenchymal stem cells transfected with heme oxygenase-1 gene transplantation on ischemic Swine hearts

Yi bo Jiang, Li juan Chen, Yao liang Tang, Gen shan Ma, Chun mei Qi, Q. Zhu, Xiao li Zhang, Yu yu Yao, Nai feng Liu, Cheng xing Shen

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OBJECTIVE: To observe the effect of intracoronary transfer of autologous HO-1 overexpressed MSCs in porcine model of myocardial ischemia (1 h)/reperfusion. METHODS: Apoptosis was assayed and cytokine concentrations in supernatant were measured in cells exposed to hypoxia-reoxygen in vitro. In vivo, Chinese male mini-pigs were allocated to the following treatment groups: control group (saline), MSCs group (MSCs), MSCs transfected with pcDNA3.1-nHO-1 (HO-1-MSCs). 1 x 10(7) of autologous stem cells or identical volume of saline was injected intracoronary into porcine hearts 1 h after ischemia. MRI assay and postmortem analysis were assessed 3 months after stem cell transplantation. RESULTS: In vitro, cell apoptosis rate post hypoxia-reoxygen was significantly reduced in HO-1-MSCs group (30.30% +/- 7.64%) compared with that in MSCs group (56.93% +/- 4.68%, P < 0.001) and LacZ-MSCs group (55.88% +/- 4.38%, P < 0.001), VEGF was also significantly upregulated in HO-1-MSCs group [(768.44 +/- 78.38) pg/ml] compared with that in MSCs group [(555.27 +/- 67.67) pg/ml, P < 0.001] and LacZ-MSCs group [(522.97 +/- 71.45) pg/ml, P < 0.001]. In vivo, cardiac function was significantly improved in both MSCs transplantation groups compared to saline group (all P < 0.05 vs.saline) and the left ventricular ejection fraction was significantly higher in HO-1-MSCs group compared with that in MSCs group at 3 months after transplantation (53.50% +/- 2.09% vs. 49.54% +/- 2.74%, P = 0.017), capillary density in the peri-infarct area was also significantly higher in HO-1-MSC group than that in MSCs group [(14.59 +/- 2.39)/HPF vs. (11.78 +/- 2.48)/HPF, P = 0.033]. CONCLUSIONS: Efficacy of HO-1 overexpressed MSCs on improving cardiac function and promoting angiogenesis was greater than those by MSCs in this porcine ischemia/reperfusion model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)692-695
Number of pages4
JournalZhonghua xin xue guan bing za zhi [Chinese journal of cardiovascular diseases]
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2009

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