Transplantation of bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) for spinal cord injury (SCI) has been shown to improve functional outcome. BMSCs can be easily obtained from bone marrow aspirate and have fewer problems in the clinical application for human SCI from the ethical and legal points of view. Recently, we produced cells with neural stem and/or progenitor cell property and neural regeneration supporting capacity from human bone marrow stromal cells (human bone marrow stromal cell-derived neuroregenerative cells: hBMSC-NRs). The aim of the present study was to clarify the effectiveness of transplantation of hBMSC-NRs to injured spinal cord of severe combined immunodeficiency (NOD/SCID) mice. Neurite outgrowth assay of PC-12 cells was performed. One week after a T9-level contusion SCI, hBMSCs or hBMSC-NRs were transplanted into the spinal cord. After the transplantation, functional and histological examinations were performed. Conditioned media of hBMSC-NRs significantly promoted the neurite outgrowth of PC-12 cells in vitro. Transplanted hBMSC-NRs survived in the injured spinal cord 8 weeks after SCI. Immunohistochemistry revealed that the density of serotonin-positive fibers of the transplanted group was significantly higher than that of the control group at the epicenter and caudal segment to the injured site. The recovery of hind limb function of the hBMSC-NRs group was significantly better than that of the control group. In conclusion, hBMSC-NRs can be one of the realistic candidates for cell transplantation therapy for human SCI.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
- Bone marrow stromal cell
- NOD/SCID mice
- Spinal cord injury
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