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    ABSTRACT: There is controversy on whether estrogen receptors are present and functioning in the myocardium. Aims. To explore if after myocardial infarction (MI) estrogen receptors α (ERα) and β (ERβ) are upregulated in myocardial tissue and to explore if the presence/ absence of ERα or ERβ influences angiogenesis after MI. MI was induced by ligation of the left anterior descending artery in knockout (KO) mice, ERαKO and ERβKO, respectively, and non-KO littermate-controls, C57Bl/6 mice. The hearts were harvested after 12 days. A part of the periinfarct tissue was collected for ERα and ERβ mRNA expression determination by real-time polymerase chain reaction. Using immunohistochemistry, ERα and ERβ protein expression and capillary and arteriolar densities were blindly determined in the periinfarct area. In myocardium disrupted mRNA was upregulated in both ERαKO and ERβKO, (p < 0.005) and did not change after MI. There was no change in mRNA expression of ERα or ERβ in wild type mice after MI. Expression of ERβ in ERαKO and of ERα in ERβKO did not change. Following MI ERα or ERβ could not be demonstrated by immunohistochemistry in either wild type or ERαKO or ERβKO. The capillary and arteriolar densities after MI did not differ between the groups in the periinfarct area. Although disrupted ER mRNA is upregulated in myocardium of ER knockout mice, no change in these or native receptors occurs following MI. At least in this model ER therefore seems not to have a role in myocardial arteriogenesis and angiogenesis after MI.
    Scandinavian cardiovascular journal: SCJ 04/2011; 45(4):215-22. · 1.07 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: It is thought that adult human mesenchymal stem cells do not induce immunoreactivity even to xenografts. We wanted to study whether adult human mesenchymal stem cells survive and engraft in experimentally induced ischemic rat myocardium. Bone marrow-derived adult human mesenchymal stem cells (2.5 x 10(6)) were injected into the myocardium of 4 Sprague-Dawley rats. One week after injection, peripheral blood rat lymphocytes were added to adult human mesenchymal stem cells in a mixed lymphocyte reaction. Furthermore, an infarction was created by left anterior descending artery ligation of 8 Sprague-Dawley rats, 4 of which were immunosuppressed with tacrolimus (0.1 mg/kg/d) and 4 RNU athymic rats. One week after left anterior descending artery ligation, 2.5 to 3.5 x 10(6) adult human mesenchymal stem cells were injected around the infarcted area. The adult human mesenchymal stem cells were identified with fluorescence in situ hybridization technique and myocardial antigens by immunohistochemistry. The immune response was studied by hematoxylin and eosin staining and by antibodies directed toward macrophages. Significant rat lymphocyte proliferation was observed when adult human mesenchymal stem cells were added to peripheral blood from Sprague-Dawley rats previously exposed to adult human mesenchymal stem cells. No reactivity was seen in lymphocytes from untreated Sprague-Dawley rats and athymic rats. Adult human mesenchymal stem cells could only be identified in the myocardium of athymic rats. Further, in normal Sprague-Dawley rats, there was a significant myocardial infiltration of round cells, mostly macrophages, in the area of injection of adult human mesenchymal stem cells. In RNU rats, this reaction was less intense. Adult human mesenchymal stem cells did not induce xenoreactivity in vitro in previously unexposed immunocompetent Sprague-Dawley rats. However, although mesenchymal stem cells are transplantable across allogeneic barriers, transplant rejection can occur in a xenogenic model. When transplanted into an immunoincompetent host, adult human mesenchymal stem cells showed persistent engraftment.
    Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 06/2004; 127(5):1293-300. · 3.53 Impact Factor