Grape exosome-like nanoparticles induce intestinal stem cells and protect mice from DSS-induced colitis

Academic Article


  • Food-derived exosome-like nanoparticles pass through the intestinal tract throughout our lives, but little is known about their impact or function. Here, as a proof of concept, we show that the cells targeted by grape exosome-like nanoparticles (GELNs) are intestinal stem cells whose responses underlie the GELN-mediated intestinal tissue remodeling and protection against dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced colitis. This finding is further supported by the fact that coculturing of crypt or sorted Lgr5 + stem cells with GELNs markedly improved organoid formation. GELN lipids play a role in induction of Lgr5 + stem cells, and the liposome-like nanoparticles (LLNs) assembled with lipids from GELNs are required for in vivo targeting of intestinal stem cells. Blocking β-catenin-mediated signaling pathways of GELN recipient cells attenuates the production of Lgr5 + stem cells. Thus, GELNs not only modulate intestinal tissue renewal processes, but can participate in the remodeling of it in response to pathological triggers. © The American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy.
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  • Molecular Therapy  Journal
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    Author List

  • Ju S; Mu J; Dokland T; Zhuang X; Wang Q; Jiang H; Xiang X; Deng ZB; Wang B; Zhang L
  • Start Page

  • 1345
  • End Page

  • 1357
  • Volume

  • 21
  • Issue

  • 7