Sox10+ Cells Contribute to Vascular Development in Multiple Organs - Brief Report

Dong Wang, Fan Wu, Haoyong Yuan, Aijun Wang, Gyeong Jin Kang, Tan Truong, Lu Chen, Andrew S. McCallion, Xiaohua Gong, Song Li

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Objective - Previous genetic lineage tracing studies showed that Sox10+ cells differentiate into vascular mural cells, limited to neural crest-derived blood vessels in craniofacial tissues, aortic arch, pulmonary arch arteries, brachiocephalic, carotid arteries, and thymus. The purpose of this study was to investigate the contribution of Sox10+ cells to the vascular development in other tissues and organs and their relationship with neural crest. Approach and Results - Using genetic lineage tracing technique based on Cre/LoxP system, we examined blood vessels in the adult organs of the mice expressing Sox10-Cre/Rosa-LoxP-red fluorescent protein or Wnt1-Cre/Rosa-LoxP-red fluorescent protein by immunohistological analysis. In addition to previously reported tissues and organs derived from neural crest, we showed that Sox10+ cells also contributed to vascular mural cells in the lung, spleen, and kidney, which are derived from non-neural crest origin as evidenced by red fluorescent protein-negative blood vessels in these 3 organs of Wnt1-Cre/Rosa-LoxP-red fluorescent protein mice. Conclusions - This study demonstrates that Sox10+ cells contribute to pericytes and smooth muscle cells in most parts of the body, including those from neural crest and non-neural crest, which has significant implications in vascular remodeling under physiological and pathological conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1727-1731
Number of pages5
JournalArteriosclerosis, thrombosis, and vascular biology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017


  • blood vessel
  • mouse
  • pericyte
  • smooth muscle cell
  • vascular remodeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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