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The link between tendon stem/progenitor cells (TSPCs) senescence and tendon aging has been well recognized. However, the cellular and molecular mechanisms of TSPCs senescence are still not fully understood. In present study, we investigated the role of Aquaporin 1 (AQP1) in TSPCs senescence. We showed that AQP1 expression declines with age during tendon aging. In aged TSPCs, overexpression of AQP1 significantly attenuated TSPCs senescence. In addition, AQP1 overexpression also restored the age-related dysfunction of self-renewal, migration and tenogenic differentiation. Furthermore, we demonstrated that the JAK-STAT signaling pathway is activated in aged TSPCs, and AQP1 overexpression inhibited the JAK-STAT signaling pathway activation which indicated that AQP1 attenuates senescence and age-related dysfunction of TSPCs through the repression of JAK-STAT signaling pathway. Taken together, our findings demonstrated the critical role of AQP1 in the regulation of TSPCs senescence and provided a novel target for antagonizing tendon aging.


Minhao Chen, Yingjuan Li, Longfei Xiao, Guangchun Dai, Panpan Lu, Youhua Wang, Yunfeng Rui. AQP1 modulates tendon stem/progenitor cells senescence during tendon aging. Cell death & disease. 2020 Mar 18;11(3):193

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PMID: 32188840

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