Directing stem cell trafficking via GPS Book Chapter

cited authors

  • Sackstein, R

fiu authors


  • The success of stem-cell-based regenerative therapeutics critically hinges on delivering relevant stem/progenitor cells to sites of tissue injury. To achieve adequate parenchymal infiltration following intravascular administration, it is first necessary that circulating cells bind to target tissue endothelium with sufficient strength to overcome the prevailing forces of hemodynamic shear. The principal mediators of these shear-resistant binding interactions consist of a family of C-type lectins known as "selectins" that bind discrete sialofucosylated glycans on their respective ligands. One member of this family, E-selectin, is an endothelial molecule that is inducibly expressed on postcapillary venules at all sites of tissue injury, but is also constitutively expressed on the luminal surface of bone marrow and dermal microvascular endothelium. Most stem/progenitor cells express high levels of CD44, and, in particular, human hematopoietic stem cells express a specialized sialofucosylated glycoform of CD44 known as "hematopoietic cell E-/L-selectin ligand" (HCELL) that functions as a potent E-selectin ligand. This chapter describes a method called "glycosyltransferase-programmed stereosubstitution" (GPS) for custom-modifying CD44 glycans to create HCELL on the surface of living cells that natively lack HCELL. Ex vivo glycan engineering of HCELL via GPS licenses trafficking of infused cells to endothelial beds that express E-selectin, thereby enabling efficient vascular delivery of stem/progenitor cells to sites where they are needed. © 2010 Elsevier Inc.

publication date

  • January 1, 2010

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

start page

  • 93

end page

  • 105


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