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Open Access Role of Matrix Metalloproteinases in Migration and Neurotrophic Properties of Nasal Olfactory Stem and Ensheathing Cells

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Adult olfactory ectomesenchymal stem cells (OE-MSCs) and olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs), both from the nasal olfactory lamina propria, display robust regenerative properties when transplanted into the nervous system, but the mechanisms supporting such therapeutic effects remain unknown. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are an important family of proteinases contributing to cell motility and axonal outgrowth across the extracellular matrix (ECM) in physiological and pathological conditions. In this study, we have characterized for the first time in nasal human OE-MSCs the expression profile of some MMPs currently associated with cell migration and invasiveness. We demonstrate different patterns of expression for MMP-1, MMP-2, MMP-9, and MT1-MMP upon cell migration when compared with nonmigrating cells. Our results establish a correspondence between the localization of these proteinases in the migration front with the ability of cells to migrate. Using various modulators of MMP activity, we also show that at least MMP-2, MMP-9, and MT1-MMP contribute to OE-MSC migration in an in vitro 3D test. Furthermore, we demonstrate under the same conditions of culture used for in vivo transplantation that OE-MSCs and OECs secrete neurotrophic factors that promote neurite outgrowth of cortical and dorsal root ganglia (DRG) neurons, as well as axo-dendritic differentiation of cortical neurons. These effects were abolished by the depletion of MMP-2 and MMP-9 from the culture conditioned media. Altogether, our results provide the first evidence that MMPs may contribute to the therapeutic features of OE-MSCs and OECs through the control of their motility and/or their neurotrophic properties. Our data provide new insight into the mechanisms of neuroregeneration and will contribute to optimization of cell therapy strategies.

Keywords: Adult olfactory stem cells; Cell therapy; Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs); Nervous system; Olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs); TIMPs

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Aix-Marseille Univ, Neurobiologie des Interactions Cellulaires et Neurophysiopathologie (NICN), UMR 7259, 13344, Marseille, France

Publication date: June 1, 2013

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  • Cell Transplantation publishes original, peer-reviewed research and review articles on the subject of cell transplantation and its application to human diseases. To ensure high-quality contributions from all areas of transplantation, separate section editors and editorial boards have been established. Articles deal with a wide range of topics including physiological, medical, preclinical, tissue engineering, and device-oriented aspects of transplantation of nervous system, endocrine, growth factor-secreting, bone marrow, epithelial, endothelial, and genetically engineered cells, among others. Basic clinical studies and immunological research papers are also featured. To provide complete coverage of this revolutionary field, Cell Transplantation will report on relevant technological advances, and ethical and regulatory considerations of cell transplants. Cell Transplantation is now an Open Access journal starting with volume 18 in 2009, and therefore there will be an inexpensive publication charge, which is dependent on the number of pages, in addition to the charge for color figures. This will allow work to be disseminated to a wider audience and also entitle the corresponding author to a free PDF, as well as prepublication of an unedited version of the manuscript.

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