Angiopoietin-1 enhanced myocyte mitosis, engraftment, and the reparability of hiPSC-CMs for treatment of myocardial infarction

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  • Aims: To examine whether transient over-expression of angiopoietin-1 (Ang-1) increases the potency of hiPSC-CMs for treatment of heart failure. Methods and results: Atrial hiPSC-CMs (hiPSC-aCMs) were differentiated from hiPSCs and purified by lactic acid and were transfected with Ang-1 (Ang-1-hiPSC-aCMs) plasmid using lipoSTEM. Ang-1 gene transfection efficiency was characterized in vitro. Gene transfected CMs (1×106) were seeded into a fibrin/thrombin patch and implanted on the rat-infarcted left ventricular (LV) anterior wall after myocardial infarction (MI). Echo function was determined at 1-and 6 weeks post-MI. Immunohistochemistry study was performed at 6 weeks post-MI. Ang-1 (20 and 40 ng/mL) protected hiPSC-aCMs from hypoxia through up-regulating pERK1/2 and inhibiting Bax protein expressions. Ang-1-hiPSC-aCMs transiently secreted Ang-1 protein up to 14 days, with peak level on day-2 post-transfection (24.39 ± 13.02 ng/mL) in vitro. Animal study showed that transplantation of Ang-1-hiPSC-aCM seeded patch more effectively limited rat heart apoptosis at 1 day post-MI as compared with LipoSTEM-Ang-1 or hiPSC-aCMs transplantation. Ang-1-hiPSC-aCMs transplantation induced host (rat) and donor (human) CM mitosis and arteriole formation, improved cell engraftment rate, more effectively limited LV dilation (EDV = 460.7 ± 96.1 μL and ESV = 219.8 ± 72.9 μL) and improved LV global pump function (EF = 53.1 ± 9%) as compared with the MI (EDV = 570.9 ± 91.8 μL, P = 0.033; ESV = 331.6 ± 71.2 μL, P = 0.011; EF = 42.3 ± 4.1%, P = 0.02) or the LipoSTEM-Ang-1 injected (EDV = 491.4 ± 100.4 μL, P = 0.854; ESV = 280.9 ± 71.5 μL, P = 0.287; EF = 43.2 ± 4.6, P = 0.039) or hiPSC-CM transplanted (EDV = 547.9 ± 55.5 μL, P = 0.095; ESV = 300.2 ± 88.4 μL, P = 0.075; EF = 46 ± 10.9%, P = 0.166) animal groups at 6 weeks post-MI and treatment. Conclusion: Transient over-expression of Ang-1 enhanced hiPSC-aCM mitosis and engraftment and increased the reparability potency of hiPSC-aCMs for treatment of MI.
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  • Tao Z; Loo S; Su L; Tan S; Tee G; Gan SU; Zhang J; Chen X; Ye L
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  • 1578
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  • 117
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  • 6