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Cell Biol Int. 2011 May;35(5):475-81. doi: 10.1042/CBI20100372.

High-cell density-induced VCAM1 expression inhibits the migratory ability of mesenchymal stem cells.

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Division of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, Department of Oral Biology, Iwate Medical University School of Dentistry, Morioka, Iwate, Japan.


MSCs (mesenchymal stem cells) migrate into damaged tissue and then proliferate and differentiate into various cell lineages to regenerate bone, cartilage, fat and muscle. Cell-cell adhesion of MSCs is essential for the MSC-dependent tissue regeneration after their homing into a damaged tissue. However, it remains to be elucidated what kinds of adhesion molecules play important roles in the cell-cell communication between MSCs. In order to identify adhesion molecules that facilitate mutual contact between MSCs, a comprehensive analysis of mRNA expression in adhesion molecules was performed by comparing profiles of expression status of adhesion molecules in MSCs at low- and high-cell density. We found that the expression level of VCAM1 (vascular cell adhesion molecule-1)/CD106 was clearly up-regulated in the human bone marrow-derived MSCs-UE7T-13 cells - under a condition of high cell density. Intriguingly, the migratory ability of the cells was clearly accelerated by a knockdown of VCAM1. Furthermore, the migratory ability of UE7T-13 cells was decreased by the over expression of exogenous VCAM1. In addition, the high cell density-induced expression of VCAM1 was clearly suppressed by NF-κB (nuclear factor-κB) signalling-related protein kinase inhibitors such as an IKK-2 (IκB kinase-2) inhibitor VI. In conclusion, the high cell density-induced VCAM1 expression through the NF-κB pathway inhibits the migratory ability of human bone marrow-derived MSCs.

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