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Ryu J.-K.,Inha University | Kim D.-H.,Inha University | Song K.-M.,Inha University | Ryu D.-S.,Sungkyunkwan University | And 5 more authors.
Andrology | Year: 2016

The major hurdle for the clinical application of stem cell therapy is the heterogeneous nature of the isolated cells, which may cause different treatment outcomes. The aim of this study was to examine the effectiveness of mouse clonal bone marrow-derived stem cells (BMSCs) obtained from a single colony by using subfractionation culturing method for erectile function in diabetic animals. Twelve-week-old C57BL/6J mice were divided into four groups: controls, diabetic mice, and diabetic mice treated with a single intracavernous injection of PBS (20 μL) or clonal BMSCs (3 × 105 cells/20 μL). Clonal BMSCs were isolated from 5-week-old C3H mice. Two weeks after treatment, erectile function was measured by electrical stimulation of the cavernous nerve. The penis was stained with antibodies to PECAM-1, smooth muscle α-actin, neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS), neurofilament, and phosphorylated endothelial NOS (phospho-eNOS). We also performed Western blot for phospho-eNOS, and eNOS in the corpus cavernosum tissue. Local delivery of clonal BMSCs significantly restored cavernous endothelial and smooth muscle cell contents, and penile nNOS and neurofilament contents, and induced eNOS phosphorylation (Ser1177) in diabetic mice. Intracavernous injection of clonal BMSCs induced significant recovery of erectile function, which reached 80-90% of the control values. Clonal BMSCs successfully restored erectile function through dual angiogenic and neurotrophic effects in diabetic mice. The homogenous nature of clonal mesenchymal stem cells may allow their clinical applications and open a new avenue through which to treat diabetic erectile dysfunction. © 2016 American Society of Andrology and European Academy of Andrology. Source


Yi T.,Inha University | Yi T.,SCM Lifescience Co. | Kim W.-K.,CHA Medical University | Kim W.-K.,Yonsei University | And 14 more authors.
Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy | Year: 2014

Objective: Adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs) isolated from subcutaneous adipose tissue have been tested in clinical trials. However, ASCs isolated by enzyme digestion and centrifugation are heterogeneous and exhibit wide variation in regenerative potential and clinical outcomes. Therefore, we developed a new method for isolating clonal ASCs (cASCs) that does not use enzyme digestion or centrifugation steps. Research design and methods: In addition to cell surface markers and differentiation potential, we compared the mitogenic, paracrine and hair growth-promoting effects of ASCs isolated by the gradient centrifugation method (GCM) or by the new subfractionation culturing method (SCM). Results: We selected three cASCs isolated by SCM that showed high rates of proliferation. The cell surface markers expressed by ASCs isolated by GCM or SCM were very similar, and SCM-isolated ASCs could potentially differentiate into different cell lineages. However, cASC lines exhibited better mitogenic and paracrine effects than ASCs isolated by GCM. The expression of Diras3, Myb, Cdca7, Mki67, Rrm2, Cdk1 and Ccna2, which may play a key role in cASC proliferation, was upregulated in cASCs. In addition, cASCs exhibited enhanced hair growth-promoting effects in dermal papilla cells and animal experiments. Conclusions: SCM generates a highly homogeneous population of ASCs via a simple and effective procedure that can be used in therapeutic settings. © 2014 Informa UK, Ltd. Source


Na K.,Inha University | Yoo H.S.,Inha University | Zhang Y.X.,Inha University | Choi M.-S.,Inha University | And 6 more authors.
Cell Death and Disease | Year: 2014

Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) possess immunomodulatory activities, including suppression of T- and B-Cell activation. However, their effects on atopic dermatitis (AD) have not yet been studied. Using an ovalbumin-Induced AD mouse model, we investigated whether MSCs can be used as therapeutics in AD. We isolated both allogeneic and syngeneic clonal MSCs (cMSCs) from mouse bone marrow according to the subfractionation culturing method. Our cMSCs suppressed both T- and B-Cell activation. T-Cell proliferation and cytokine production, including interferon (IFN)-C and interleukin (IL)-4, were suppressed by inhibition of transcription factors, such as T-bet, GATA-3, and c-Maf. Those transcription factors were nitric oxide dependent. Immunoglobulin E (IgE) suppression occurred through downregulation of AID and BLIMP-1, important regulators for isotype class switch and B-Cell differentiation. The cMSCs were injected intravenously into ovalbumin-Induced AD mouse model, and the therapeutic effects were analyzed. Injection of both allogeneic and syngeneic cMSCs in an AD mouse model inhibited cell infiltration in skin lesions and decreased the serum level of IgE. IL-4 expression was also suppressed by cMSCs in both the lymph node and skin. The cMSCs migrated to skin lesions and draining lymph nodes. Taken together, these data demonstrated that cMSCs, which suppressed T- and B-Cell functions, can be used for the treatment of AD in mice. ©2014 Macmillan Publishers Limited All rights reserved 2041-4889/14. Source


Park J.S.,Sungkyunkwan University | Yi T.-G.,Inha University | Yi T.-G.,SCM Lifescience Co. | Park J.-M.,CHA Medical University | And 12 more authors.
Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition | Year: 2015

Mouse bone marrow-derived clonal mesenchymal stem cels (mcMSCs), which were originated from a single cell by a subfrac-tionation culturing method, are recognized as new paradigm for stem cell therapy featured with its homogenous cell population. Next to proven therapeutic effects against pancreatitis, in the current study we demonstrated that mcMSCs showed significant therapeutic effects in dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced experimental colitis model supported with anti-inflammatory and restorative activities. mcMSCs significantly reduced the disease activity index (DAI) score, including weight loss, stool consistency, and intestinal bleeding and significantly increased survival rates. The pathological scores were also significantly improved with mcMSC. We have demonstrated that especial mucosal regeneration activity accompanied with significantly lowered level of apoptosis as beneficiary actions of mcMSCs in UC models. The levels of inflammatory cytokines including TNF-α, IFN-γ, IL-1β, IL-6, and IL-17 were all significantly concurrent with significantly repressed NF-κB activation compared to the control group and significantly decreased infiltrations of responsible macrophage and neutrophil. Conclusively, our findings provide the rationale that mcMSCs are applicable as a potential source of cell-based therapy in inflammatory bowel diseases, especially contributing either to prevent relapse or to accelerate healing as solution to unmet medical needs in IBD therapy. © 2015 JCBN. Source


Yi T.,Inha University | Yi T.,SCM Lifescience Co. | Kim S.-N.,Inha University | Lee H.-J.,Inha University | And 12 more authors.
Tissue Engineering - Part C: Methods | Year: 2015

Stem cell products derived from mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have been widely used in clinical trials, and a few products have been already commercialized. However, the therapeutic effects of clinical-grade MSCs are still controversial owing to mixed results from recent clinical trials. A potential solution to overcome this hurdle may be to use clonal stem cells as the starting cell material to increase the homogeneity of the final stem cell products. We have previously developed an alternative isolation and culture protocol for establishing a population of clonal MSCs (cMSCs) from single colony forming unit (CFU)-derived colonies. In this study, we established a good manufacturing practice (GMP)-compatible procedure for the clinical-grade production of human bone marrow-derived cMSCs based on the subfractionation culturing method. We optimized the culture procedures to expand and obtain a clonal population of final MSC products from single CFU-derived colonies in a GMP facility. The characterization results of the final cMSC products met our preset criteria. Animal toxicity tests were performed in a good laboratory practice facility, and showed no toxicity or tumor formation in vivo. These tests include single injection toxicity, multiple injection toxicity, biodistribution analysis, and tumorigenicity tests in vivo. No chromosomal abnormalities were detected by in situ karyotyping using oligo-fluorescence in situ hydridization (oligo-FISH), providing evidence of genetic stability of the clinical-grade cMSC products. The manufacture and quality control results indicated that our GMP methodology could produce sufficient clonal population of MSC products from a small amount of bone marrow aspirate to treat a number of patients. Copyright 2015, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Source

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