The Effects of Adipose Stem Cell–Conditioned Media on Fibrogenesis of Dermal Fibroblasts Stimulated by Transforming Growth Factor-β1

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Adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs) have been shown to enhance wound healing by human dermal fibroblasts; however, the interactions between ASCs and fibroblasts during injury remain unclear. Fibroblasts were treated with ASC-conditioned medium (ASC-CM) with and without transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) stimulation. Fibroblast proliferation, apoptosis, differentiation and expression of extracellular matrix genes and proteins, type I collagen, and type III collagen were measured. Also, wound-healing effect of ASC-CM was verified with in vivo animal study. ASC-CM inhibited proliferation and enhanced apoptosis of fibroblasts under TGF-β1 stimulation. Furthermore, 10% ASC-CM inhibited α-smooth muscle actin expression in fibroblasts, whereas 100% ASC-CM increased collagen, especially type III, expression in fibroblasts. ASC-CM was found to contain more basic fibroblast growth factor than hepatocyte growth factor, and 100% ASC-CM increased hepatocyte growth factor gene expression in fibroblasts. These results suggest ASCs affect fibrogenesis by dermal fibroblasts stimulated with TGF-β1 via paracrine signaling by adipocytokines present in ASC-CM. These results also suggest that higher concentrations of ASC-CM increase collagen production and inhibit fibroblast proliferation to avoid excessive fibrogenesis. We demonstrated that a lower ASC-CM concentration attenuated fibroblast differentiation. Additionally, 100% ASC-CM significantly reduced the wound size in an in vivo wound-healing model. In this study, we provided evidence that ASCs modulate fibrogenesis by fibroblasts via paracrine signaling, suggesting that application of ASCs during wound healing may improve the quality of wound repair.This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives License 4.0 (CCBY-NC-ND), where it is permissible to download and share the work provided it is properly cited. The work cannot be changed in any way or used commercially without permission from the journal.

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