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Stimulation of adult resident cardiac progenitor cells by durable myocardial expression of thymosin beta 4 with ultrasound-targeted microbubble delivery.
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PMID:  23151517     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
It has been proposed that thymosin beta 4 (TB4)-protein delivery stimulates differentiation of resident adult WT1-positive cardiac progenitor cells, but with very low efficiency. We determined whether gene therapy with human TB4 stimulates proliferation of resident adult cardiac progenitor cells in normal rat heart. Ultrasound-targeted microbubble destruction (UTMD) was used to deliver the human TB4 gene under a piggybac transposon plasmid to normal rat heart. The rat hearts were assayed by quantitative reverse transcription-PCR and immunohistology with a confocal microscope at 1, 2, 3, 4 and 12 weeks after UTMD. Exogenous TB4 stimulation resulted in the presence of WT1-positive cardiac progenitor cells from epicardium to endocardium. TB4 stimulated angiogenesis and arteriogenesis. One month after TB4 gene therapy by UTMD, the percentage of NKX2.5-positive cardiomyocytes was 5.5±1.0% and NKX2.5 mRNA was 24-fold higher than in the control groups (P<0.001). Similar results were found for ISL-1, BrDu, Ki-67, PHH3 and aurora B (P<0.001). Cardiac-specific delivery of exogenous human TB4 gene efficiently stimulates proliferation and differentiation of resident WT1-positive adult cardiac progenitor cells into three intact cardiac cell lineages-vascular endothelial cells, coronary artery smooth muscle cells and cardiac muscle cells in normal adult rat heart.Gene Therapy advance online publication, 15 November 2012; doi:10.1038/gt.2012.89.
S Chen; M Shimoda; J Chen; P A Grayburn
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-11-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Gene therapy     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1476-5462     ISO Abbreviation:  Gene Ther.     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
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Created Date:  2012-11-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9421525     Medline TA:  Gene Ther     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Baylor Research Institute, Dallas, TX, USA.
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