Adult human periodontal ligament-derived stem cells delay retinal degeneration and maintain retinal function in RCS rats

Li Huang, Zongyi Li, Haibin Tian, Weiguo Wang, Dawei Cui, Zhe Zhou, Xiao Chen, Herman S Cheung, Guo Tong Xu, Yu Chen

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Background: Retinal degeneration (RD) is a leading cause of irreversible blindness, affecting millions of people worldwide. Stem cell transplantation has been considered a promising therapy for retinal degenerative diseases. This study aimed to investigate the therapeutic potential of human periodontal ligament-derived stem cells (hPDLSCs) for intervention in the progress of this degeneration in the Royal College Surgeons (RCS) rat. Methods: hPDLSCs were injected into the subretinal space of 3-week-old RCS rats. Control animals received a phosphate-buffered saline injection or were untreated. Retinal function was assessed by electroretinography recording. Eyes were collected afterward for histology and molecular studies. Results: Retinal function maintenance was observed at 2 weeks and persisted for up to 8 weeks following hPDLSC transplantation. Retinal structure preservation was demonstrated in hPDLSC-transplanted eyes at 4 and 8 weeks following transplantation, as reflected in the preservation of outer nuclear layer thickness and gene expression of Rho, Crx, and Opsin. The percentage of terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP nick-end labeling-positive apoptotic photoreceptors was significantly lower in the hPDLSC-injected retinas than in those of the control groups. hPDLSCs were also found to express multiple neurotrophic factors, including vascular endothelial growth factor, bioactive basic fibroblast growth factor, brain-derived neurotrophic factor, neurotrophin-3, insulin-like growth factor 1, nerve growth factor, and glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor. Conclusions: Our findings suggest that hPDLSC transplantation is effective in delaying photoreceptor loss and provides significant preservation of retinal function in RCS rats. This study supports further exploration of hPDLSCs for treating RD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number290
JournalStem Cell Research and Therapy
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 22 2017

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Periodontal Ligament
Retinal Degeneration
Ligaments
Stem cells
Rats
Stem Cells
Stem Cell Transplantation
Biological materials preservation
Neurotrophin 3
Opsins
Electroretinography
Glial Cell Line-Derived Neurotrophic Factor
Retinal Diseases
DNA Nucleotidylexotransferase
Surgeons
Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor
Nerve Growth Factors
Histology
Nerve Growth Factor
Somatomedins

Keywords

  • Periodontal ligament
  • Retinal degeneration
  • Stem cells
  • Therapy
  • Transplantation

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  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)
  • Cell Biology

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Adult human periodontal ligament-derived stem cells delay retinal degeneration and maintain retinal function in RCS rats. / Huang, Li; Li, Zongyi; Tian, Haibin; Wang, Weiguo; Cui, Dawei; Zhou, Zhe; Chen, Xiao; Cheung, Herman S; Xu, Guo Tong; Chen, Yu.

In: Stem Cell Research and Therapy, Vol. 8, No. 1, 290, 22.12.2017.

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Huang, Li ; Li, Zongyi ; Tian, Haibin ; Wang, Weiguo ; Cui, Dawei ; Zhou, Zhe ; Chen, Xiao ; Cheung, Herman S ; Xu, Guo Tong ; Chen, Yu. / Adult human periodontal ligament-derived stem cells delay retinal degeneration and maintain retinal function in RCS rats. In: Stem Cell Research and Therapy. 2017 ; Vol. 8, No. 1.
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