E-GEOD-54416 - Global gene expression differences between blood- and lymphatic-specific endothelial colony forming cells

Released on 23 June 2014, last updated on 31 July 2014
Homo sapiens
Samples (12)
Protocols (2)
The identification of circulating endothelial progenitor cells has led to speculation regarding their origin as well as their contribution to neovascular development. Two distinct types of endothelium make up the blood and lymphatic vessel system. However, it has yet to be determined whether there are distinct lymphatic-specific circulating endothelial progenitor cells. We isolated circulating endothelial colony forming cells (ECFCs) from whole peripheral blood. These cells are endothelial in nature, as defined by their expression of endothelial markers and their ability to undergo capillary morphogenesis in three-dimensional culture. A subset of isolated colonies express markers of lymphatic endothelium, including VEGFR-3 and Prox-1, with low levels of VEGFR-1, a blood endothelial marker, while the bulk of the isolated cells express high VEGFR-1 levels with low VEGFR-3 and Prox-1 expression. The different isolates have differential responses to VEGF-C, a lymphatic endothelial specific cytokine, strongly suggesting that there are lymphatic specific and blood specific ECFCs. Global analysis of gene expression revealed key differences in the regulation of pathways involved in cellular differentiation between blood and lymphatic-specific ECFCs. These data indicate that there are two distinguishable circulating ECFC types, blood and lymphatic, which are likely to have discrete functions during neovascularization. RNA was isolated from 2 blood-specific ECFC cell lines and 2 lymphatic-specific ECFC cell lines 3 separate times each
Experiment type
RNA-seq of coding RNA 
Michael Lagunoff, Terri DiMaio
Exp. designProtocolsVariablesProcessedSeq. reads
Investigation descriptionE-GEOD-54416.idf.txt
Sample and data relationshipE-GEOD-54416.sdrf.txt
Additional data (1)E-GEOD-54416.additional.1.zip