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Open Access Human Application of Ex Vivo Expanded Umbilical Cord-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells: Enhance Hematopoiesis After Cord Blood Transplantation

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Delayed hematopoietic reconstitution after cord blood (CB) transplantation (CBT) needs to be overcome. Bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMMSCs) have been found to enhance engraftment after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. However, getting BMMSCs involves an invasive procedure. In this study, umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cells (UCMSCs) were isolated from Wharton’s jelly and cryopreserved in the UCMSCs bank. Compared with BMMSCs, we found that UCMSCs had superior proliferative potential. We found that NOD/SCID mice cotransplanted with CB and UCMSCs demonstrated significant human CD45+ cell engraftment compared with those transplanted with CB alone. Then, 20 patients with high-risk leukemia were prospectively randomized to either receive cotransplantation of CB and ex vivo expanded banked UCMSCs or to receive CBT alone. No serious adverse events were observed in the patients receiving UCMSC infusion. The time to undergo neutrophil engraftment and platelet engraftment was significantly shorter in the eight patients receiving cotransplantation than that in the 12 patients receiving CBT alone (p=0.003 and p=0.004, respectively). Thus, application of ex vivo expanded banked UCMSCs in humans appears to be feasible and safe. UCMSCs can enhance engraftment after CBT, but further studies are warranted.

Keywords: Cord blood transplantation (CBT); Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs); Umbilical cord

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: November 5, 2013

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  • Cell Transplantation publishes original, peer-reviewed research and review articles on the subject of cell transplantation and its application to human diseases. To ensure high-quality contributions from all areas of transplantation, separate section editors and editorial boards have been established. Articles deal with a wide range of topics including physiological, medical, preclinical, tissue engineering, and device-oriented aspects of transplantation of nervous system, endocrine, growth factor-secreting, bone marrow, epithelial, endothelial, and genetically engineered cells, among others. Basic clinical studies and immunological research papers are also featured. To provide complete coverage of this revolutionary field, Cell Transplantation will report on relevant technological advances, and ethical and regulatory considerations of cell transplants. Cell Transplantation is now an Open Access journal starting with volume 18 in 2009, and therefore there will be an inexpensive publication charge, which is dependent on the number of pages, in addition to the charge for color figures. This will allow work to be disseminated to a wider audience and also entitle the corresponding author to a free PDF, as well as prepublication of an unedited version of the manuscript.

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