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Open Access AG490 Improves the Survivalof Human Myoblasts In Vitro and In Vivo

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Cell therapies consist in transplanting healthy cells into a disabled tissue with the goal to repopulate it and restore its function at least partially. In muscular diseases, most of the time, myoblasts are chosen for their expansion capacity in culture. Nevertheless, cell transplantation has limitations, among them, death of the transplanted cells, during the days following the graft. One possibility to counteract this problem is to enhance the proliferation of the transplanted myoblasts before their fusion with the existing muscle fibers. AG490 is a specific inhibitor of janus tyrosine kinase 2 (JAK2). The hypothesis is to block myoblast differentiation with AG490, thus permitting their proliferation. The inhibition of myoblast fusion by AG490 was confirmed in this study by gene expression and with a myosin heavy chain staining (MyHC). Moreover, cell survival was estimated by flow cytometry. AG490 was found to protect myoblasts in vitro from apoptosis induced by H2O2 or by preventing attachment of cells to their substrate. Finally, in an in vivo model of muscle regeneration, when AG490 was coinjected with the myoblasts their survival was increased by 45% at 5 days after their transplantation.
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Keywords: AG490; Apoptosis; Cell therapy; Myoblast; Survival

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2012-12-01

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