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Crit Care ; 26(1): 48, 2022 02 21.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1703362


BACKGROUND: Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2)-induced acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) causes high mortality. Umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stromal cells (UC-MSCs) have potentially relevant immune-modulatory properties, whose place in ARDS treatment is not established. This phase 2b trial was undertaken to assess the efficacy of UC-MSCs in patients with SARS-CoV-2-induced ARDS. METHODS: This multicentre, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial (STROMA-CoV-2) recruited adults (≥ 18 years) with SARS-CoV-2-induced early (< 96 h) mild-to-severe ARDS in 10 French centres. Patients were randomly assigned to receive three intravenous infusions of 106 UC-MSCs/kg or placebo (0.9% NaCl) over 5 days after recruitment. For the modified intention-to-treat population, the primary endpoint was the partial pressure of oxygen to fractional inspired oxygen (PaO2/FiO2)-ratio change between baseline (day (D) 0) and D7. RESULTS: Among the 107 patients screened for eligibility from April 6, 2020, to October 29, 2020, 45 were enrolled, randomized and analyzed. PaO2/FiO2 changes between D0 and D7 did not differ significantly between the UC-MSCs and placebo groups (medians [IQR] 54.3 [- 15.5 to 93.3] vs 25.3 [- 33.3 to 104.6], respectively; ANCOVA estimated treatment effect 7.4, 95% CI - 44.7 to 59.7; P = 0.77). Six (28.6%) of the 21 UC-MSCs recipients and six of 24 (25%) placebo-group patients experienced serious adverse events, none of which were related to UC-MSCs treatment. CONCLUSIONS: D0-to-D7 PaO2/FiO2 changes for intravenous UC-MSCs-versus placebo-treated adults with SARS-CoV-2-induced ARDS did not differ significantly. Repeated UC-MSCs infusions were not associated with any serious adverse events during treatment or thereafter (until D28). Larger trials enrolling patients earlier during the course of their ARDS are needed to further assess UC-MSCs efficacy in this context. TRIAL REGISTRATION: NCT04333368. Registered 01 April 2020, .

COVID-19 , Mesenchymal Stem Cells , Respiratory Distress Syndrome , Double-Blind Method , Humans , Respiratory Distress Syndrome/therapy , SARS-CoV-2 , Treatment Outcome
Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol ; 41(1): 415-429, 2021 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1027162


OBJECTIVE: The study's aim was to analyze the capacity of human valve interstitial cells (VICs) to participate in aortic valve angiogenesis. Approach and Results: VICs were isolated from human aortic valves obtained after surgery for calcific aortic valve disease and from normal aortic valves unsuitable for grafting (control VICs). We examined VIC in vitro and in vivo potential to differentiate in endothelial and perivascular lineages. VIC paracrine effect was also examined on human endothelial colony-forming cells. A pathological VIC (VICp) mesenchymal-like phenotype was confirmed by CD90+/CD73+/CD44+ expression and multipotent-like differentiation ability. When VICp were cocultured with endothelial colony-forming cells, they formed microvessels by differentiating into perivascular cells both in vivo and in vitro. VICp and control VIC conditioned media were compared using serial ELISA regarding quantification of endothelial and angiogenic factors. Higher expression of VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor)-A was observed at the protein level in VICp-conditioned media and confirmed at the mRNA level in VICp compared with control VIC. Conditioned media from VICp induced in vitro a significant increase in endothelial colony-forming cell proliferation, migration, and sprouting compared with conditioned media from control VIC. These effects were inhibited by blocking VEGF-A with blocking antibody or siRNA approach, confirming VICp involvement in angiogenesis by a VEGF-A dependent mechanism. CONCLUSIONS: We provide here the first proof of an angiogenic potential of human VICs isolated from patients with calcific aortic valve disease. These results point to a novel function of VICp in valve vascularization during calcific aortic valve disease, with a perivascular differentiation ability and a VEGF-A paracrine effect. Targeting perivascular differentiation and VEGF-A to slow calcific aortic valve disease progression warrants further investigation.

Aortic Valve Stenosis/metabolism , Aortic Valve/metabolism , Aortic Valve/pathology , Calcinosis/metabolism , Cell Differentiation , Cell Lineage , Endothelial Progenitor Cells/metabolism , Neovascularization, Pathologic , Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A/metabolism , Adult , Aged , Aged, 80 and over , Animals , Aortic Valve Stenosis/pathology , Calcinosis/pathology , Case-Control Studies , Cells, Cultured , Coculture Techniques , Endothelial Progenitor Cells/pathology , Endothelial Progenitor Cells/transplantation , Female , Humans , Male , Mice, Nude , Middle Aged , Osteogenesis , Paracrine Communication , Phenotype , Signal Transduction , Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A/genetics
Stem Cell Rev Rep ; 17(2): 639-651, 2021 04.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-932630


Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) are involved in vasculogenesis and cardiovascular diseases. However, the phenotype of circulating EPCs remains elusive but they are more often described as CD34+KDR+. The aim of the study was to extensively characterize circulating potential vasculogenic stem cell candidates in two populations of patients with cardiovascular disease by powerful multidimensional single cell complementary cytometric approaches (mass, imaging and flow). We identified cellular candidates in one patient before and after bioprosthetic total artificial heart implantation and results were confirmed in healthy peripheral and cord blood by mass cytometry. We also quantified cellular candidates in 10 patients with different COVID-19 severity. Both C-TAH implantation and COVID-19 at critical stage induce a redistribution of circulating CD34+ and CD19+ sub-populations in peripheral blood. After C-TAH implantation, circulating CD34+ progenitor cells expressed c-Kit stem marker while specific subsets CD34+CD133-/+CD45-/dimc-Kit+KDR- were mobilized. KDR was only expressed by CD19+ B-lymphocytes and CD14+ monocytes subpopulations in circulation. We confirmed by mass cytometry this KDR expression on CD19+ in healthy peripheral and cord blood, also with a VE-cadherin expression, confirming absence of endothelial lineage marker on CD34+ subtypes. In COVID-19, a significant mobilization of CD34+c-Kit+KDR- cells was observed between moderate and critical COVID-19 patients regardless CD133 or CD45 expression. In order to better evaluate EPC phenotype, we performed imaging flow cytometry measurements of immature CD34+KDR+ cells in cord blood and showed that, after elimination of non-circular events, those cells were all CD19+. During COVID-19, a significant mobilization of CD19+KDR+ per million of CD45+ cells was observed between moderate and critical COVID-19 patients regardless of CD34 expression. CD34+c-Kit+ cells are mobilized in both cardiovascular disease described here. KDR cells in peripheral blood are CD19 positive cells and are not classic vasculogenic stem and/or progenitor cells. A better evaluation of c-Kit and KDR expressing cells will lead to the redefinition of circulating endothelial progenitors.Graphical abstract Central illustration figure. Multidimensional proteomic approach of endothelial progenitors demonstrate expression of KDR restricted to CD19 cells. Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) are involved in cardiovascular diseases, however their phenotype remains elusive. We elucidated here EPCs phenotype by a deep characterization by multidimensional single cell complementary cytometric approaches after Bioprosthetic total artificial heart implantation and during COVID-19. We showed a redistribution of circulating CD34+ and CD19+ sub-populations in both situations. None of the immature cell population expresses KDR. Mobilized CD34+ expressed c-Kit. Imaging flow cytometry demonstrated that CD34+KDR+ cells, after elimination of non-circular events, are all CD19+. Our results suggest a new definition of circulating EPCs and emphasize involvement of CD19 cells in cardiovascular disease.

Antigens, CD19/metabolism , COVID-19/metabolism , Endothelial Progenitor Cells/metabolism , Gene Expression Regulation , Heart, Artificial , SARS-CoV-2/metabolism , Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Receptor-2/metabolism , Endothelial Progenitor Cells/pathology , Female , Humans , Male , Middle Aged , Proteomics