Background: Pressure ulcer is a severe disease in the paralyzed and aging populations. Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) are able to regulate ulcer healing by modulating angiogenesis, but the molecular mechanism is still obscure. Sonic hedgehog (SHH) signaling contributes to angiogenesis in various diseases and has been identified to modulate EPCs function. Here, we aimed to explore the significance of SHH signaling in EPCs function during pressure ulcers.Methods: The EPCs were isolated and characterized by the expression of DiI-acLDL and bind fluorescein iso-thiocyanate UEA-1. Cell proliferation was detected by cell counting kit 8 (CCK-8). The DiI-acLDL and bind fluorescein iso-thiocyanate UEA-1 were analyzed by immunofluorescent analysis. The angiogenesis of EPCs was analyzed by tube formation assay. The pressure ulcers rat model was constructed, the wound injury was analyzed by H&E staining and angiogenesis was analyzed by the accumulation of CD31 based on immunofluorescent analysis.Results: The expression of patched-1 and Gli-1 was enhanced by SHH activator SAG but reduced by SHH inhibitor cyclopamine in the EPCsThe PI3K, Akt, eNOS expression and the Akt phosphorylation were induced by SAG, while the treatment of cyclopamine presented a reversed result. The proliferation and migration of EPCs were enhanced by SAG but repressed by cyclopamine or PI3K/AKT/eNOS signaling inhibitor Y294002, in which the co-treatment of Y294002 could reverse the effect of SAG.Conclusions: Thus, we found that SHH signaling activated angiogenesis properties of EPCs to improve pressure ulcers healing by PI3K/AKT/eNOS signaling. SHH signaling may serve as the potential target for attenuating pressure ulcers.