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Netrin-1-Induced Stem Cell Bioactivity Contributes to the Regeneration of Injured Tissues via the Lipid Raft-Dependent Integrin α6β4 Signaling Pathway.

PMID 27881869


Netrin-1 (Ntn-1) is a multifunctional neuronal signaling molecule; however, its physiological significance, which improves the tissue-regeneration capacity of stem cells, has not been characterized. In the present study, we investigate the mechanism by which Ntn-1 promotes the proliferation of hUCB-MSCs with regard to the regeneration of injured tissues. We found that Ntn-1 induces the proliferation of hUCB-MSCs mainly via Inα6β4 coupled with c-Src. Ntn-1 induced the recruitment of NADPH oxidases and Rac1 into membrane lipid rafts to facilitate ROS production. The Inα6β4 signaling of Ntn-1 through ROS production is uniquely mediated by the activation of SP1 for cell cycle progression and the transcriptional occupancy of SP1 on the VEGF promoter. Moreover, Ntn-1 has the ability to induce the F-actin reorganization of hUCB-MSCs via the Inα6β4 signaling pathway. In an in vivo model, transplantation of hUCB-MSCs pre-treated with Ntn-1 enhanced the skin wound healing process, where relatively more angiogenesis was detected. The potential effect of Ntn-1 on angiogenesis is further verified by the mouse hindlimb ischemia model, where the pre-activation of hUCB-MSCs with Ntn-1 significantly improved vascular regeneration. These results demonstrate that Ntn-1 plays an important role in the tissue regeneration process of hUCB-MSC via the lipid raft-mediated Inα6β4 signaling pathway.