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LPS-stimulated human skin-derived stem cells enhance neo-vascularization during dermal regeneration

: Kisch, T.; Weber, C.; Rapoport, D.H.; Kruse, C.; Schumann, S.; Stang, F.H.; Siemers, F.; Matthießen, A.E.

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PLoS one. Online journal 10 (2015), No.11, Art. e0142907, 14 pp.
ISSN: 1932-6203
Journal Article, Electronic Publication
Fraunhofer EMB ()

High numbers of adult stem cells are still required to improve the formation of new vessels in scaffolds to accelerate dermal regeneration. Recent data indicate a benefit for vascularization capacity by stimulating stem cells with lipopolysaccharide (LPS). In this study, stem cells derived from human skin (SDSC) were activated with LPS and seeded in a commercially available dermal substitute to examine vascularization in vivo. Besides, in vitro assays were performed to evaluate angiogenic factor release and tube formation ability. Results showed that LPS-activated SDSC significantly enhanced vascularization of the scaffolds, compared to unstimulated stem cells in vivo. Further, in vitro assays confirmed higher secretion rates of proangiogenic as well as proinflammatoric factors in the presence of LPS activated SDSC. Our results suggest that combining activated stem cells and a dermal substitute is a promising option to enhance vascularization in scaffold-mediated dermal regeneration.