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Notochordal cell conditioned medium stimulates mesenchymal stem cell differentiation toward a young nucleus pulposus phenotype

Korecki, CL and Taboas, JM and Tuan, RS and Iatridis, JC (2010) Notochordal cell conditioned medium stimulates mesenchymal stem cell differentiation toward a young nucleus pulposus phenotype. Stem Cell Research and Therapy, 1 (2).

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Introduction. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) offer promise for intervertebral disc (IVD) repair and regeneration because they are easily isolated and expanded, and can differentiate into several mesenchymal tissues. Notochordal (NC) cells contribute to IVD development, incorporate into the nucleus pulposus (NP), and stimulate mature disc cells. However, there have been no studies investigating the effects of NC cells on adult stem cell differentiation. The premise of this study is that IVD regeneration is more similar to IVD development than to IVD maintenance, and we hypothesize that soluble factors from NC cells differentiate MSCs to a phenotype characteristic of nucleus pulposus (NP) cells during development. The eventual clinical goal would be to isolate or chemically/recombinantly produce the active agent to induce the therapeutic effects, and to use it as either an injectable therapy for early intervention on disc disease, or in developing appropriately pre-differentiated MSC cells in a tissue engineered NP construct. Methods. Human MSCs from bone marrow were expanded and pelleted to form high-density cultures. MSC pellets were exposed to either control medium (CM), chondrogenic medium (CM with dexamethasone and transforming growth factor, (TGF)-3) or notochordal cell conditioned medium (NCCM). NCCM was prepared from NC cells maintained in serum free medium for four days. After seven days culture, MSC pellets were analyzed for appearance, biochemical composition (glycosaminoglycans and DNA), and gene expression profile (sox-9, collagen types-II and III, laminin-1 and TIMP1(tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases-1)). Results: Significantly higher glycosaminoglycan accumulation was seen in NCCM treated pellets than in CM or TGF groups. With NCCM treatment, increased gene expression of collagen III, and a trend of increasing expression of laminin-1 and decreased expression of sox-9 and collagen II relative to the TGF group was observed. Conclusions: Together, results suggest NCCM stimulates mesenchymal stem cell differentiation toward a potentially NP-like phenotype with some characteristics of the developing IVD. © 2010 Korecki et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Korecki, CL
Taboas, JMjuan.taboas@pitt.eduJMT1060000-0003-0523-3359
Tuan, RSrst13@pitt.eduRST13
Iatridis, JC
Date: 1 December 2010
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Stem Cell Research and Therapy
Volume: 1
Number: 2
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1186/scrt18
Schools and Programs: School of Medicine > Orthopaedic Surgery
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2016 18:29
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2023 12:55


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