Transplantation of Cardiac Mesenchymal Stem Cell-Derived Exosomes Promotes Repair in Ischemic Myocardium

Chengwei Ju, Yan Shen, Gengshan Ma, Yutao Liu, Jingwen Cai, Il Man Kim, Neal L. Weintraub, Naifeng Liu, Yaoliang Tang

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Our previous study demonstrated the beneficial effects of exosomes secreted by cardiac mesenchymal stem cells (C-MSC-Exo) in protecting acute ischemic myocardium from reperfusion injury. Here, we investigated the effect of exosomes from C-MSC on angiogenesis in ischemic myocardium. We intramyocardially injected C-MSC-Exo or PBS into the infarct border zone after induction of acute mouse myocardial infarction (MI). We observed that hearts treated with C-MSC-Exo exhibit improved cardiac function compared to control hearts treated with PBS at one month after MI. Capillary density and Ki67-postive cells were significantly higher following treatment with C-MSC-Exo as compared with PBS. Moreover, C-MSC-Exo treatment increased cardiomyocyte proliferation in infarcted hearts. In conclusion, intramyocardial delivery of C-MSC-Exo after myocardial infarction enhances cardiac angiogenesis, promotes cardiomyocyte proliferation, and preserves heart function. C-MSC-Exo constitute a novel form of cell-free therapy for cardiac repair.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)420-428
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Cardiovascular Translational Research
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2018


  • Angiogenesis
  • Cardiac mesenchymal stem cells
  • Exosomes
  • Myocardial infarction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Genetics
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Genetics(clinical)


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