Figure 3. Atg7 knockdown in Y-Sca-1+ BMCs blocks paracrine stimulation of old cardiac fibroblasts. (A) Atg7 expression was measured in Y-Sca-1+ bone marrow cells (BMCs), treated with Atg7-siRNA or sc-siRNA, by RT-qPCR. n=3-4. (B–E) Quantification and representative images from (B) scratch wound assay, (C) proliferation assay, (D) stress fiber formation or (E) β-galactosidase staining of old cardiac fibroblasts, treated with Y-Sca-1+Atg7-siRNA CM or Y-Sca-1+ sc-siRNA CM for 24-48 hours. Dashed yellow line in (B) indicates the wound edge at 0 hours. Scale bar represents 100 μm. Data analysis was carried out by t-test. Data presented as mean ± SEM; n=4-6; **p≤0.01.