A Rho kinase/myocardin-related transcription factor-A-dependent mechanism underlies the sphingosylphosphorylcholine-induced differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells into contractile smooth muscle cells.

@article{Jeon2008ARK,
  title={A Rho kinase/myocardin-related transcription factor-A-dependent mechanism underlies the sphingosylphosphorylcholine-induced differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells into contractile smooth muscle cells.},
  author={Eun Su Jeon and Won Sun Park and Mi Jeong Lee and Young Mi Kim and Jin Han and Jae Ho Kim},
  journal={Circulation research},
  year={2008},
  volume={103 6},
  pages={635-42}
}
Sphingosylphosphorylcholine (SPC) induces differentiation of human adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hADSCs) to smooth muscle cells (SMCs). In the present study, we characterized contractile and ion channel properties of SMCs differentiated from hADSCs (hADSC-SMCs) as a result of SPC treatment, and we investigated the molecular mechanisms involved in the SPC-induced differentiation. Using in vitro collagen gel lattice contraction and whole cell patch clamp, we showed that the hADSC… CONTINUE READING