IL-1β mediated nanoscale surface clustering of integrin α5β1 regulates the adhesion of mesenchymal stem cells

Stephanie A Maynard, Ekaterina Pchelintseva, Limor Zwi-Dantsis, Anika Nagelkerke, Sahana Gopal, Yuri E Korchev, Andrew Shevchuk, Molly M Stevens*

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Clinical use of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) is limited due to their rapid clearance, reducing their therapeutic efficacy. The inflammatory cytokine IL-1β activates hMSCs and is known to enhance their engraftment. Consequently, understanding the molecular mechanism of this inflammation-triggered adhesion is of great clinical interest to improving hMSC retention at sites of tissue damage. Integrins are cell-matrix adhesion receptors, and clustering of integrins at the nanoscale underlies cell adhesion. Here, we found that IL-1β enhances adhesion of hMSCs via increased focal adhesion contacts in an α5β1 integrin-specific manner. Further, through quantitative super-resolution imaging we elucidated that IL-1β specifically increases nanoscale integrin α5β1 availability and clustering at the plasma membrane, whilst conserving cluster area. Taken together, these results demonstrate that hMSC adhesion via IL-1β stimulation is partly regulated through integrin α5β1 spatial organization at the cell surface. These results provide new insight into integrin clustering in inflammation and provide a rational basis for design of therapies directed at improving hMSC engraftment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6890
Number of pages14
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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