Int J Stem Cells.  2021 Nov;14(4):455-464. 10.15283/ijsc21005.

Irisin Enhances Angiogenesis of Mesenchymal Stem Cells to Promote Cardiac Function in Myocardial Infarction via PI3k/Akt Activation

  • 1Department of Cardiology, Guizhou Provincial People’s Hospital, Guiyang, China
  • 2Department of Cardiology, Guizhou University People’s Hospital, Guiyang, China
  • 3Qingdao Municipal Hospital (Group), Qingdao, China
  • 4Department of Cardiology, Xixiu District People’s Hospital, Anshun, China


Background and Objectives
With the growing incidence of acute myocardial infarction (MI), angiogenesis is vital for cardiac function post-MI. The role of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) in angiogenesis has been previously confirmed. Irisin is considered a potential vector for angiogenesis. The objective of the present study was to investigate the potential role of irisin in the angiogenesis of BMSCs.
Methods and Results
In vivo, irisin-treated BMSCs (BMSCs+irisin) were transplanted into an MI mouse model. On day 28 post-MI, blood vessel markers were detected, and cardiac function and infarct areas of mice were evaluated. In vitro, paracrine effects were assessed by examining tube formation in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) co-cultured with the BMSCs+irisin supernatant. The scratch wound-healing assay was performed to evaluate HUVEC migration. Western blotting was performed to determine PI3k/Akt pathway activation in the BMSCs+irisin group. Transplantation of BMSCs+irisin promoted greater angiogenesis, resulting in better cardiac function in the MI mouse model than in controls. In the BMSC+irisin group, HUVECs demonstrated enhanced tube formation and migration. Activation of the PI3k/Akt pathway was found to be involved in mediating the role of irisin in the angiogenesis of BMSCs.
In cardiovascular diseases such as MI, irisin administration can enhance angiogenesis of BMSCs and pro-mote cardiac function via the PI3k/Akt pathway, optimizing the therapeutic effect based on BMSCs transplantation.


Irisin; Angiogenesis; Mesenchymal stem cells; PI3k/Akt pathway
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