Targeted Intra-arterial Transplantation of Stem Cells to the Injured CNS Is More Effective Than Intravenous Administration: Engraftment Is Dependent on Cell Type and Adhesion Molecule Expression
Abstract:Stem cell transplantation procedures using intraparenchymal injections cause tissue injury in addition to associated surgical risks. Intravenous cell administration give engraftment in parenchymal lesions although the method has low efficacy and specificity. In pathological conditions with inflammation, such as traumatic brain injury, there is a transient up-regulation of ICAM-1 and VCAM-1 which might provide environmental cues for migration of stem cells from blood to parenchyma. The aim of this study was to i) analyze the effect of intra-arterial administration on cellular engraftment, ii) compare engraftment and side effects between three different stem cell systems, and iii) analyze gene expression in these three systems. We performed specific intra-arterial transplantations with human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs), human neural progenitor cells (hNPCs), and rat neural progenitor cells (rNPCs) in a rat model of traumatic brain injury. These results were compared to the intravenous route for each cell type, respectively. Analysis of engraftment and recipient characterization was performed by immunohistochemistry. We further characterized the different types of cells by microarray and RT-qPCR analysis. Specific intra-arterial transplantations produced significantly higher engraftment compared to intravenous transplantation with hMSCs and rNPCs. No engraftment was detected after intra-arterial or intravenous administration of hNPCs. Characterization of integrin expression indicated that CD49dVCAM-1 and possibly ICAM-1 interactions through CD18 and CD11a, respectively, are important for engraftment after intravascular cell administration. No side effects, such as thromboembolic complications, were detected. When translating stem cell therapies to clinical practice, the route of transplantation and the properties of the cell lines (homing, diapedesis, and migration) become important. This study supports the use of selective intra-arterial transplantation for improving engraftment after traumatic brain injury. In addition, we conclude that careful analysis of cells intended for local, intra-arterial transplantation with respect to integrin expression is important.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
Publication date: January 1, 2012
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