An adult tissue-specific stem cell in its niche: A gene profiling analysis of in vivo quiescent and activated muscle satellite cells

Molecular Genetics of Development Unit, Department of Developmental Biology, URA CNRS 2578, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France.
Stem Cell Research (Impact Factor: 3.69). 10/2009; 4(2):77-91. DOI: 10.1016/j.scr.2009.10.003
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The satellite cell of skeletal muscle provides a paradigm for quiescent and activated tissue stem cell states. We have carried out transcriptome analyses on satellite cells purified by flow cytometry from Pax3(GFP/+) mice. We compared samples from adult skeletal muscles where satellite cells are mainly quiescent, with samples from growing muscles or regenerating (mdx) muscles, where they are activated. Analysis of regulation that is shared by both activated states avoids other effects due to immature or pathological conditions. This in vivo profile differs from that of previously analyzed satellite cells activated after cell culture. It reveals how the satellite cell protects itself from damage and maintains quiescence, while being primed for activation on receipt of the appropriate signal. This is illustrated by manipulation of the corepressor Dach1, and by the demonstration that quiescent satellite cells are better protected from oxidative stress than those from mdx or 1-week-old muscles. The quiescent versus in vivo activated comparison also gives new insights into how the satellite cell controls its niche on the muscle fiber through cell adhesion and matrix remodeling. The latter also potentiates growth factor activity through proteoglycan modification. Dismantling the extracellular matrix is important for satellite cell activation when the expression of proteinases is up-regulated, whereas transcripts for their inhibitors are high in quiescent cells. In keeping with this, we demonstrate that metalloproteinase function is required for efficient regeneration in vivo.

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    • "Beside the down-regulation of genes related to the cell cycle and protein translation, entry of NS cells into quiescence is accompanied by the up-regulation of many genes encoding ECM proteins, receptors for ECM molecules, and cell–cell adhesion molecules. This suggests that quiescence involves a profound change in the attachment of NSCs to the ECM and neighboring cells, as previously suggested for NSCs in the adult SEZ (Kazanis et al. 2010; Kokovay et al. 2010, 2012) and for other types of adult stem cells (Venezia et al. 2004; Fukada et al. 2007; Pallafacchina et al. 2010; Brohl et al. 2012). For example, entry of hematopoietic stem cells into quiescence involves homing to their cellular niche, which is mediated by integrins and the transmembrane glycoprotein endoglin (which are significantly induced in quiescent NS cells) (Supplemental Table S1; Venezia et al. 2004). "
    • "The quiescent state appears to be associated with enhanced stress resistance(Gnocchi et al., 2009). Notably, a group of genes that confer resistance to xenobiotics and oxidative stress were found induced during quiescence(Pallafacchina et al., 2010). These include genes that encode efflux channels of the multidrug resistance family that pump toxic substances out of the cell, as well as members of the cytochrome P450 family or flavins, which are involved in the solubilisation of toxins by hydroxylation, and enzymes such as Gpx3, responsible for mitigating reactive oxygen species-mediated cytotoxicity. "
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    • "*p < 0.05 **p < 0.01 ***p < 0.001. activated in EOMs (data not shown) and consistent with observations in TA and other skeletal muscles (Pallafacchina et al., 2010) but in contrast with previous reports in EOMs (McLoon and Wirtschafter, 2002a,b, 2003; McLoon et al., 2004). This likely reflects the different animal species and ages considered (rabbits, mice, rats) as well as the different techniques used to reveal satellite cell activation and proliferation (i.e., single myofiber reconstruction vs. histological analysis of transversal sections) (McLoon and Wirtschafter, 2002a,b; McLoon et al., 2004). "
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