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ISSN (Print): 1381-6128
ISSN (Online): 1873-4286

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Human Mesenchymal Stem Cell-derived Exosomes Reduce Ischemia/Reperfusion Injury by the Inhibitions of Apoptosis and Autophagy

Author(s): Xiaofei Jiang, Kar-Sheng Lew, Qiying Chen, Arthur M. Richards and Peipei Wang*

Volume 24 , Issue 44 , 2018

Page: [5334 - 5341] Pages: 8

DOI: 10.2174/1381612825666190119130441

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Background: Human mesenchymal stem cell-derived exosomes (hMSC-Exo) have been shown to reduce ischemia/reperfusion injury (I/R) in multiple models. I/R-induced apoptosis or autophagy play important roles in cell death. However, little or no reports demonstrate any roles of hMSC-Exo in this regards. Objective: To test the hypothesis that the inhibition of I/R-induced apoptosis and autophagy play a pivotal role in the cardioprotection of hMSC-Exo.

Methods: Myoblast H9c2 cells and isolated rat hearts underwent hypoxia/re-oxygenate (H/R) or ischemia/ reperfusion (I/R) respectively. H9c2 were treated with 1.0 μg/ml Exo, in comparison with 3-MA or rapamycin (Rapa), a known anti- or pro-autophagic agent respectively. Hearts were treated with 0.5, 1.0 and 2.0 μg/ml Exo for 20 min in the beginning of reperfusion. Cell viability, WST assay, LDH release, Annexin-V staining apoptosis assay and GFP-LC3 labeled autophagosomes formation, cardiac function and Western blot were measured.

Results: Exo significantly reduced H/R injury as indicated by increased cell viability and reduced LDH and apoptosis. 3-MA, while Rapa, showed increased or decreased protective effects. Rapa-induced injury was partially blocked by Exo. Exo decreased LC3-II/I ratio and increased p62, inhibited autophagosome formation, an indication of autophagy inhibition. In isolated heart, Exo increased cardiac functional recovery and reduced LDH release in I/R. Bcl-2 was significantly upregulated by Exo but not 3-MA. Exo downregulated Traf6 and upregulated mTORC1/p-4eBP1.

Conclusion: Exo reduce I/R-induced apoptosis and autophagy. Up-regulation of Bcl-2 is the cross-talk between these two processes. The down-regulation of Traf6 and activation of mTORC1 are additional mechanisms in the inhibition of apoptosis and autophagy.

Keywords: Exosome, ischemia/reperfusion, Bcl-2, Traf6, mTOR, autophagy, apoptosis.

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