ErbB2 promotes endothelial phenotype of human left ventricular epicardial highly proliferative cells (eHiPC).
Journal of molecular and cellular cardiology
The adult human heart contains a subpopulation of highly proliferative cells. The role of ErbB receptors in these cells has not been studied. From human left ventricular (LV) epicardial biopsies, we isolated highly proliferative cells (eHiPC) to characterize the cell surface expression and function of ErbB receptors in the regulation of cell proliferation and phenotype. We found that human LV eHiPC express all four ErbB receptor subtypes. However, the expression of ErbB receptors varied widely among eHiPC isolated from different subjects. eHiPC with higher cell surface expression of ErbB2 reproduced the phenotype of endothelial cells and were characterized by endothelial cell-like functional properties. We also found that EGF/ErbB1 induces VEGFR2 expression, while ligands for both ErbB1 and ErbB3/4 induce expression of Tie2. The number of CD31
Ryzhov, Sergey; Robich, Michael P.; Roberts, Daniel J.; Favreau-Lessard, Amanda J.; Peterson, Sarah M.; Jachimowicz, Edward; Rath, Rutwik; Vary, Calvin P H; Quinn, Reed; Kramer, Robert S.; and Sawyer, Douglas B., "ErbB2 promotes endothelial phenotype of human left ventricular epicardial highly proliferative cells (eHiPC)." (2018). Maine Medical Center. 243.