Regulation of circulating progenitor cells in left ventricular dysfunction.

Barry A. Boilson, Katarina Larsen, Adriana Harbuzariu, Sinny Delacroix, Josef Korinek, Harald Froehlich, Kent R. Bailey, Christopher G. Scott, Brian P. Shapiro, Guido Boerrigter, Horng H. Chen, Margaret M. Redfield, John C. Burnett, Robert D. Simari

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BACKGROUND: Reductions in numbers of circulating progenitor cells (CD34+ cell subsets) have been demonstrated in patients at risk for, or in the presence of, cardiovascular disease. The mediators of these reductions remain undefined. To determine whether neurohumoral factors might regulate circulating CD34+ cell subsets in vivo, we studied complementary canine models of left ventricular (LV) dysfunction. METHODS AND RESULTS: A pacing model of severe LV dysfunction and a hypertensive renal wrap model in which dogs were randomized to receive deoxycorticosterone acetate (DOCA) were studied. Circulating CD34+ cell subsets including hematopoietic precursor cells (HPCs: CD34+/CD45(dim)/VEGFR2-) and endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs: CD34+/CD45-/VEGFR2+) were quantified. Additionally, the effect of mineralocorticoid excess on circulating progenitor cells in normal dogs was studied. The majority of circulating CD34+ cells expressed CD45dimly and did not express VEGFR2, consistent with an HPC phenotype. HPCs were decreased in response to pacing, and this decrease correlated with plasma aldosterone levels (Spearman rank correlation=-0.67, P=0.03). In the hypertensive renal wrap model, administration of DOCA resulted in decreased HPCs. No changes were seen in EPCs in either model. Normal dogs treated with DOCA exhibited a decrease in HPCs in peripheral blood but not bone marrow associated with decreased telomerase activity. CONCLUSIONS: This is the first study to demonstrate that mineralocorticoid excess, either endogenous or exogenous, results in reduction in HPCs. These data suggest that mineralocorticoids may induce accelerated senescence of progenitor cells, leading to their reduced survival and decline in numbers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)635-642
Number of pages8
JournalCirculation. Heart failure
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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