Therapeutic Potential of Hematopoietic Stem Cell-Derived Exosomes in Cardiovascular Disease

  • Jana RadosinskaEmail author
  • Monika Bartekova
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 998)


As other stem cells, hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) are able to produce extracellular vesicles (EVs) including exosomes and microvesicles. This chapter summarizes the knowledge about the production of EVs by the HSCs, their role in the intercellular communication, and will discuss the cargo of these EVs as well as protective effects of HSCs-derived exosomes and microvesicles in cardiovascular diseases (CVD). Available data showed that cardioprotective action of injected HSCs could not be explained by direct transdifferentiationof injected cells into the cardiomyocytes, this effect is suggested to be mediated via paracrine communication (by EVs) between donor and recipient cells. Among the cargo molecules of HSCs-derived vesicles several miRNAs, and pro-angiogenic and anti-apoptotic proteins are proposed to be the mediators of heart regeneration, mostly via neovascularization. However, the direct evidence of cardioprotective effects of HSCs-derived exosomes and microvesicles is still lacking in the literature. On the other hand, EVs produced in HSCs-derived cells, specifically dendritic cells and endothelial progenitor cells, have been shown to provide direct cardioprotective effects in CVD. Anyway, further studies are needed to be performed to assess the therapeutic potential of HSCs-derived EVs-based cardiac regenerative therapies.


Hematopoietic stem cells Exosomes Microvesicles Cardioprotection 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of MedicineInstitute of Physiology, Comenius University in BratislavaBratislavaSlovak Republic
  2. 2.Institute for Heart Research, Slovak Academy of SciencesBratislavaSlovak Republic

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