Perivascular PDGFRB+ cells accompany lesion formation and clinical evolution differentially in two different EAE models

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      • Vascular changes in two experimental allergic encephalomyelitis models are evaluated.
      • In both models, fibrosis formation was detected with different characteristics.
      • The PLP-induced animal model fibrosis is predominantly in perivascular locations.
      • In MOG induced model, perivascular cells were accumulated at the lesion sites.
      • Perivascular cells may be taking part in MS lesion progression and healing.



      Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory disease of the central nervous system (CNS) that may lead to progressive disability. Here, we explored the behavioral pattern and the role of vasculature especially PDGFRB+ pericytes/ perivascular cells, in MS pathogenesis.


      We have evaluated vascular changes in two different experimental allergic encephalomyelitis (EAE) mice models (MOG and PLP-induced). PDGFRB+ cells demonstrated distinct and different behavioral patterns. In both models, fibrosis formation was detected via collagen, fibronectin, and extracellular matrix accumulation.


      The PLP-induced animal model revealed that fibrosis predominantly occurs in perivascular locations and that PDGFRB+ cells are accumulated around vessels. Also, the expression of fibrotic genes and genes coding extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins are upregulated. Moreover, the perivascular thick wall structures in affected vessels of this model presented primarily increased PDGFRB+ cells but not NG2+ cells in the transgenic NG2-DsRed transgenic animal model. On the other hand, in MOG induced model, PDGFRB+ perivascular cells were accumulated at the lesion sites. PDGFRB+ cells colocalized with ECM proteins (collagen, fibronectin, and lysyl oxidase L3). Nevertheless, both MOG and PLP-immunized mice showed increasing EAE severity, and disability parallel with enhanced perivascular cell accumulation as the disease progressed from earlier (day 15) to later (day 40).


      As a result, we have concluded that PDGFRB+ perivascular cells may be participating in lesion progression and as well as demonstrating different responses in different EAE models.

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