Controlled release of stromal cell-derived factor-1alpha in situ increases C-kit+ cell homing to the infarcted heart

Ge Zhang, Yasushiro Nakamura, Xiaohong Wang, Qingsong Hu, Laura J. Suggs, Jianyi J Zhang

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Stromal-derived factor 1alpha (SDF-1α) is a key stem cell homing factor that is crucial for mobilization of stem cells from bone marrow to peripheral blood and subsequent engraftment to the tissue of diseased organs. It has been reported that SDF-1α is transiently over-expressed in ischemic myocardium. Therefore, there may be a limited time window after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) during which stem cells are recruited to injured myocardium for repair. This study aimed at investigating whether controlled release of SDF-1α via a novel conjugated poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) (PEGylated) fibrin patch at the infarct site would increase the rate of stem cell recruitment and offer potential therapeutic benefits. Recombinant mouse SDF-1α was covalently bound to the PEGylated fibrinogen as evidenced by immunoprecipitation and western blotting. The PEGylated fibrinogen, bound with recombinant mouse SDF-1α, was mixed with thrombin to form the PEGylated fibrin patch. The release kinetics of SDF-1α were detected in vitro using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Using a mouse AMI model produced by a ligature on the left anterior descending coronary artery, a PEGylated fibrin patch bound with SDF-1α (100 ng) was placed on the surface of the infarct area of the left ventricle. Infarct size, left ventricular (LV) function, and the percentage of sca-1+/c-kit+ cells within the infarct area were measured at days 7, 14, and 28 after AMI. In vitro results showed that SDF-1α was successfully bound to the PEGylated fibrin patch and can be released from the patch constantly for up to 10 days. Two weeks after infarction, the myocardial recruitment of c-kit+ cells was significantly higher in the group treated with the SDF-1α PEGylated fibrin patch (n = 9) than in the AMI control group (n = 10) (p < 0.05; 11.20 ± 1.71% vs. 4.22 ± 0.96%, respectively). At day 28 post-AMI, unlike the control group, the group with the SDF-1α-releasing patch maintained stable release of SDF-1α concurrent with additional stem cell homing. Moreover, LV function was significantly better than in the control group. These data demonstrate that the PEGylated fibrin patch based SDF-1α delivery can improve the rate of c-kit+ cell homing and improve LV function in hearts with postinfarction LV remodeling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2063-2071
Number of pages9
JournalTissue Engineering
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2007


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