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Am J Pathol. 2007 Sep;171(3):755-66. Epub 2007 Jul 19.

Bone marrow-derived CXCR4+ cells mobilized by macrophage colony-stimulating factor participate in the reduction of infarct area and improvement of cardiac remodeling after myocardial infarction in mice.

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Department of Cardiovascular Medicine and Regeneration, Shinshu University Graduate School of Medicine, 3-1-1 Asahi, Matsumoto, Nagano 390-8621, Japan.


The monocyte/macrophage lineage might affect the healing process after myocardial infarction (MI). Because macrophage colony-stimulating factor (M-CSF) stimulates differentiation and proliferation of this lineage, we examined the effect of M-CSF treatment on infarct size and left ventricular (LV) remodeling after MI. MI was induced in C57BL/6J mice by ligation of the left coronary artery. Either recombinant human M-CSF or saline was administered for 5 consecutive days after MI induction. M-CSF treatment significantly reduced the infarct size (P < 0.05) and scar formation (P < 0.05) and improved the LV dysfunction (percent fractional shortening, P < 0.001) after the MI. Immunohistochemistry revealed that M-CSF increased macrophage infiltration (F4/80) and neovascularization (CD31) of the infarct myocardium but did not increase myofibroblast accumulation (alpha-smooth muscle actin). M-CSF mobilized CXCR4(+) cells into peripheral circulation, and the mobilized CXCR4(+) cells were then recruited into the infarct area in which SDF-1 showed marked expression. The CXCR4 antagonist AMD3100 deteriorated the infarction and LV function after the MI in the M-CSF-treated mice. In conclusion, M-CSF reduced infarct area and improved LV remodeling after MI through the recruitment of CXCR4(+) cells into the infarct myocardium by the SDF-1-CXCR4 axis activation; this suggests that the SDF-1-CXCR4 axis is as a potential target for the treatment of MI.

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