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Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are widely applied in various clinical disorders, including acute lung injury (ALI). We aimed to investigate the effects of human umbilical cord blood-derived mesenchymal stem cells (UCB-MSCs)-derived exosomal microRNA-22-3p (miR-22-3p) on lipopolysaccharid (LPS)-induced ALI via regulating frizzled class receptor 6 (FZD6). Rat lung cells were selected to construct the LPS-induced ALI cell model. The LPS-treated cells were transfected with restored miR-22-3p and depleted FZD6 for investigating their roles in ALI. Human UCB-MSCs were cultured and exosomes were extracted. Rat lung cells were co-cultured with exosomes that had been transfected with restored miR-22-3p and upregulated FZD6 to detect their roles in inflammatory reaction, oxidative stress, cell proliferation activity and apoptosis. The ALI rat model was established through LPS inhalation and the rats were respectively treated. Then, the pathology, apoptosis and expression of the NF-κB signaling pathway-related factors in rat lung tissues were determined. miR-22-3p expression was reduced and FZD6 expression was enhanced in LPS-treated rat lung cells while exosomes raised miR-22-3p expression and decreased FZD6 expression. In LPS-treated cells, up-regulating miR-22-3p or depleting FZD6 reduced inflammatory reaction and oxidative stress response, raised rat lung cell proliferation activity and inhibited cell apoptosis rate. In the in vivo ALI model, exosomes suppressed pathological changes, apoptosis and NF-κB expression in LPS-treated rats. Upregulated miR-22-3p further attenuated ALI. Our study highlights the potential of UCB-MSC-exosomal miR-22-3p in preventing ALI. This study may provide further insights into ALI therapy. Copyright © 2021 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Yuanfang Zheng, Jiyuan Liu, Ping Chen, Lu Lin, Yinzhu Luo, Xiaoying Ma, Jincai Lin, Ying Shen, Liyan Zhang. Exosomal miR-22-3p from human umbilical cord blood-derived mesenchymal stem cells protects against lipopolysaccharid-induced acute lung injury. Life sciences. 2021 Mar 15;269:119004

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