Donor-specific phenotypic variation in hiPSC cardiomyocyte-derived exosomes impacts endothelial cell function

Amy Turner, Praful Aggarwal, Andrea Matter, Benjamin Olson, C. Charles Gu, Steven C. Hunt, Cora E. Lewis, Donna K. Arnett, Rachel Lorier, Ulrich Broeckel

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Exosomes are an important mechanism of cell-cell interaction in the cardiovascular system, both in maintaining homeostasis and in stress response. Interindividual differences that alter content in exosomes may play a role in cardiovascular disease pathology. To study the effect of interindividual cardiomyocyte (CM) variation, we characterized exosomal content in phenotypically diverse human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived CMs (hiPSC-CMs). Cell lines were generated from six participants in the HyperGEN cohort: three with left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) and three with normal left ventricular mass (LVM). Sequence analysis of the intracellular and exosomal RNA populations showed distinct expression pattern differences between hiPSC-CM lines derived from individuals with LVH and those with normal LVM. Functional analysis of hiPSC-endothelial cells (hiPSC-ECs) treated with exosomes from both hiPSC-CM groups showed significant variation in response, including differences in tube formation, migration, and proliferation. Overall, treatment of hiPSC-ECs with exosomes resulted in significant expression changes associated with angiogenesis and endothelial cell vasculogenesis. However, the hiPSC-ECs treated with exosomes from the LVH-affected donors exhibited significantly increased proliferation but decreased tube formation and migration, suggesting angiogenic dysregulation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)H954-H968
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2021


  • Cardiomyocyte hypertrophy
  • Exosomes
  • Human induced pluripotent stem cells
  • Intercellular communication
  • MiRNA


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