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Open Access Endothelial Progenitor Cell-Based Therapy for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

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A growing body of evidence in animal models and clinical studies supports the concept that endothelial progenitor cell (EPC)-mediated therapy ameliorates pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and thus may represent a novel approach to treat it. Conversely, several experimental findings suggest that EPCs may be involved in PAH pathogenesis and disease progression. These discrepant results confuse the application of EPC transplantation as an effective treatment strategy for PAH. To improve the study of EPC transplantation in PAH therapy, it is high time that we resolve this dilemma. In this review, we examine the pathobiological changes of PAH, the characteristics of EPCs, and the underlying mechanisms of EPC effects on PAH.
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Keywords: Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs); Mechanisms; Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH); Transplantation

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 09 August 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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