Human neural stem cell-derived extracellular vesicles protect against Parkinson’s disease pathologies

Eun Ji Lee, Yoori Choi, Hong J. Lee, Do Won Hwang, Dong Soo Lee

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Background: Neural stem cells (NSCs) have the ability to generate a variety of functional neural cell types and have a high potential for neuronal cell regeneration and recovery. Thus, they been recognized as the best source of cell therapy for neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease (PD). Owing to the possibility of paracrine effect-based therapeutic mechanisms and easier clinical accessibility, extracellular vesicles (EVs), which possess very similar bio-functional components from their cellular origin, have emerged as potential alternatives in regenerative medicine. Material and methods: EVs were isolated from human fibroblast (HFF) and human NSC (F3 cells). The supernatant of the cells was concentrated by a tangential flow filtration (TFF) system. Then, the final EVs were isolated using a total EV isolation kit. Results: In this study, we demonstrate the potential protective effect of human NSC-derived EVs, showing the prevention of PD pathologies in 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA)-induced in vitro and in vivo mouse models. Human NSC and F3 cell (F3)-derived EVs reduced the intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) and associated apoptotic pathways. In addition, F3-derived EVs induced downregulation of pro-inflammatory factors and significantly decreased 6-OHDA-induced dopaminergic neuronal loss in vivo. F3 specific microRNAs (miRNAs) such as hsa-mir-182-5p, hsa-mir-183-5p, hsa-mir-9, and hsa-let-7, which are involved in cell differentiation, neurotrophic function, and immune modulation, were found in F3-derived EVs. Conclusions: We report that human NSC-derived EVs show an effective neuroprotective property in an in vitro transwell system and in a PD model. The EVs clearly decreased ROS and pro-inflammatory cytokines. Taken together, these results indicate that NSC-derived EVs could potentially help prevent the neuropathology and progression of PD. Graphical Abstract: [Figure not available: see fulltext.]

Original languageEnglish
Article number198
JournalJournal of Nanobiotechnology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2022


  • Extracellular vesicles
  • Neural stem cell
  • Neuroinflammation
  • Oxidative stress
  • Parkinson’s disease


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