Identification of MFGE8 in mesenchymal stem cell secretome as an anti-fibrotic factor in liver fibrosis

Yu Jin Jang, Su Yeon An, Jong Hoon Kim

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The beneficial paracrine roles of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in tissue repair have potential in therapeutic strategies against various diseases. However, the key therapeutic factors secreted from MSCs and their exact molecular mechanisms of action remain unclear. In this study, the cell-free secretome of umbilical cord-derived MSCs showed significant anti-fibrotic activity in the mouse models of liver fibrosis. The involved action mechanism was the regulation of hepatic stellate cell activation by direct inhibition of the TGFβ/Smad-signaling. Antagonizing the milk fat globule-EGF factor 8 (MFGE8) activity blocked the anti-fibrotic effects of the MSC secretome in vitro and in vivo. Moreover, MFGE8 was secreted by MSCs from the umbilical cord as well as other tissues, including teeth and bone marrow. Administration of recombinant MFGE8 protein alone had a significant anti-fibrotic effect in two different models of liver fibrosis. Additionally, MFGE8 downregulated TGFβ type I receptor expression by binding to αvβ3 integrin on HSCs. These findings revealed the potential role of MFGE8 in modulating TGFβ-signaling. Thus, MFGE8 could serve as a novel therapeutic agent for liver fibrosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-59
Number of pages2
JournalBMB reports
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Liver fibrosis
  • MFGE8
  • MSC
  • Secretome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology


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