Pericyte-derived cells participate in optic nerve scar formation

Preishuber-Pfluegl, Julia; Mayr, Daniela; Altinger, Veronika; Brunner, Susanne M.; Koller, Andreas; Runge, Christian; Ladek, Anja-Maria; Lenzhofer, Markus; Rivera, Francisco J.; Tempfer, Herbert; Aigner, Ludwig; Reitsamer, Herbert A.; Trost, Andrea


--- - "Introduction: Pericytes (PCs) are specialized cells located abluminal of endothelial cells on capillaries, fulfilling numerous important functions. Their potential involvement in wound healing and scar formation is achieving increasing attention since years. Thus, many studies investigated the participation of PCs following brain and spinal cord (SC) injury, however, lacking in-depth analysis of lesioned optic nerve (ON) tissue. Further, due to the lack of a unique PC marker and uniform definition of PCs, contradicting results are published." - "Methods: In the present study the inducible PDGFR beta-P2A-CreERT2-tdTomato lineage tracing reporter mouse was used to investigate the participation and transdifferentiation of endogenous PC-derived cells in an ON crush (ONC) injury model, analyzing five different post lesion time points up to 8 weeks post lesion." - "Results: PC-specific labeling of the reporter was evaluated and confirmed in the unlesioned ON of the reporter mouse. After ONC, we detected PC-derived tdTomato(+) cells in the lesion, whereof the majority is not associated with vascular structures. The number of PC-derived tdTomato(+) cells within the lesion increased over time, accounting for 60-90% of all PDGFR beta(+) cells in the lesion. The presence of PDGFR beta(+)tdTomato- cells in the ON scar suggests the existence of fibrotic cell subpopulations of different origins. Discussion: Our results clearly demonstrate the presence of non-vascular associated tdTomato(+) cells in the lesion core, indicating the participation of"

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Título según WOS: ID WOS:000981221000001 Not found in local WOS DB
Volumen: 14
Fecha de publicación: 2023


Notas: ISI