Circulating endothelial progenitor cells from healthy smokers exhibit impaired functional activities. Atherosclerosis

Université de Montréal, Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Atherosclerosis (Impact Factor: 3.99). 08/2006; 187(2):423-32. DOI: 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2005.10.009
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Endothelial dysfunction is one of the earliest pathological effects of cigarette smoking. It has recently been suggested that endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) could contribute to ongoing endothelial maintenance and repair. Accordingly, we tested the hypothesis that cigarette smoking is associated with EPC dysfunction.
EPCs were isolated from the peripheral venous blood of 15 healthy smokers and 11 age-matched nonsmokers. The number of EPCs was significantly reduced in smokers versus control subjects (51.6+/-1.9 versus 120.3+/-10.0 per power field, p<0.001). Moreover, the functional activities of EPCs isolated from smokers were severely compromised. First, the proliferative and migratory response of EPCs isolated from smokers were reduced by 75% and 19%, respectively (p<0.05). Second, EPCs from smokers showed an important decreased adherence to HUVECs that had been previously activated with tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) (p<0.01). Finally, the participation of EPCs to tube formation in a matrigel assay was reduced by 38% in smokers versus control subjects (p<0.001). We found that EPCs from smokers had a significant reduction in the expression of the endothelial cell-specific markers (VE-cadherin, KDR, and vWF). Moreover, ROS formation was significantly increased in EPCs from smokers, whereas the serum antioxidant and nitrite levels of smokers were reduced and correlated with impaired EPC number and functional activity.
Cigarette smoking is associated with a reduced number of EPCs together with an important impairment of EPC differentiation and functional activities. Our results suggest that EPC dysfunction could contribute to impair blood vessel healing and growth in smokers.

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    • "These findings were bolstered by our significant decrements in bone marrow EPC function, specifically chemotaxis and tube formation, which rely on these chemical signals. Michaud and colleagues also found that exposure to smoke caused a reduction in the chemotaxis potential and tube formation of EPCs (Michaud et al., 2006). The loss of EPC function is particularly concerning given their reparative role in the cardiovascular system. "
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    • "Circulating endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) are mobilized from the bone marrow and are able to integrate into vascular structures at sites of neovascularisation where they differentiate into endothelial cells and proliferate [4], [5]. Many studies suggest that the physiological function of EPCs is the maintenance of vascular integrity [6]–[10]. Cord blood EPC-derived endothelial cells (EPDCs) isolated from human umbilical cord blood can be extensively expanded in vitro. "
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    PLoS ONE 01/2014; 9(1):e84179. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0084179 · 3.23 Impact Factor
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    • "This group of patients showed significantly lower exercise capacity, significantly higher levels of hsCRP and a higher prevalence , albeit not significant, of smoking habit and hypertension. Both these risk factors have been previously associated with a depletion of circulating EPCs, through decreased mobilization from the bone marrow and increased senescence [36] [37] [38]. Therefore it is conceivable that all these factors could have influenced the different response of these patients to the PA protocol. "
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