Zhejiang Province Hospital of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine

Hangzhou, China

Zhejiang Province Hospital of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine

Hangzhou, China
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Fang W.,Shanghai Chest Hospital | Zhu N.,Dalian Medical University | Zheng X.,Dalian Central Hospital | Na R.,Dalian University | And 10 more authors.
Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine | Year: 2015

To explore the impact of myocardial injection of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and specific recombinant human VEGF165 (hVEGF165) plasmid on collagen remodelling in rats with furazolidone induced dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). DCM was induced by furazolidone (0.3 mg/bodyweight (g)/day per gavage for 8 weeks). Rats were then divided into four groups: (i) PBS group (n = 18): rats received equal volume myocardial PBS injection; (ii) MSCs group (n = 17): 100 μl culture medium containing 105 MSCs were injected into four sites of left ventricular free wall (25 μl per site); (iii) GENE group (n = 18): pCMVen-MLC2v-EGFP-VEGF165 plasmid [5 × 109 pfu (0.2 ml)] were injected into four sites of left ventricular free wall (0.05 ml per site)] and (iv) MSCs+GENE group (n = 17): rats received both myocardial MSCs and pCMVen-MLC2v-EGFP-VEGF165 plasmid injections. After 4 weeks, cardiac function was evaluated by echocardiography. Myocardial mRNA expressions of type I, type III collagen and transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1 were detected by RT-PCR. The protein expression of hVEGF165 was determined by Western blot. Myocardial protein expression of hVEGF165 was demonstrated in GENE and MSCs+GENE groups. Cardiac function was improved in MSCs, GENE and MSCs+GENE groups. Collagen volume fraction was significantly reduced and myocardial TGF-β1 mRNA expression significantly down-regulated in both GENE and MSCs+GENE groups, collagen type I/III ratio reduction was more significant in MSCs+GENE group than in MSCs or GENE group. Myocardial MSCs and hVEGF165 plasmid injection improves cardiac function possibly through down-regulating myocardial TGF-β1 expression and reducing the type I/III collagen ratio in this DCM rat model. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd and Foundation for Cellular and Molecular Medicine.

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