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Fair or Foul: Time for Standard Protocols for Potential Application of Adipose-Derived Stem Cells?

Yue Zhao, Christopher Betzler, Felix Popp and Christiane Bruns*

Department of General, Visceral und Vascular Surgery, Otto-von-Guericke University, Germany

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Professor Christiane Bruns
Department of General
Visceral und Vascular Surgery
Otto-von-Guericke University
Leipziger strasse 44, Magdeburg, 39120, Germany
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Received date: June 20, 2014; Accepted date: July 26, 2014; Published date: July 28, 2014

Citation: Zhao Y, Betzler C, Popp F, Bruns C (2014) Fair or Foul: Time for Standard Protocols for Potential Application of Adipose-Derived Stem Cells? J Stem Cell Res Ther 4:220. doi:10.4172/2157-7633.1000220

Copyright: © 2014 Zhao Y, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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Adipose tissue derived stem cells (ASC) has currently been highly attracted as a new source for regenerative medicine as well as promising avenue of investigation for the delivery of adjuvant therapies in various disease. A criticized standard protocol of generating purified good quality and quantity of ASCs is emergent in need.


Adipose tissue; Stem cells; Characterization; Clinical application

To the Editor

Kakudo et al. [1] recently summarized the potential application of adipose-derived stem cells in regenerative medicine. In their article, the authors compared the methods of ASCs isolation, characterization, and also described the transcriptome and proteome of ASCs as well as different clinical application. They emphasized the subcutaneous adipose tissue served as an easy and safe source for clinical application [2]. The automatic adipose-derived stem cells isolation system might be suitable for fresh ASCs application by using Celution®800/CRS (Cytori Therapeutics, San Diego, CA) [3] and Tissue Genesis Icellator Cell Isolation System® (Tissue Genesis, Inc., Honolulu, Hawaii). Bianchi F et al also reported a new nonenzymatic method, named as ‘Lipogems’, providing a nonexpanded, ready-to-use fat product and even being able to stored frozen without losing the ability to release highly functional and viable hMSCs after thawing as compared to commonly used lipoaspirate-based method [4].

However, for the manual separation methods, a standard protocol either for human or experimental model animals is still need to be well developed. There is different information about the types of the fat resource, animal species, cell processing steps and expanding conditions, in particular for adherent ASCs protocol, which mainly depends on the lab background and research purpose.

We agreed that there are various opinions about cell surface markers of ASCs without a consensus yet. Changes in ASCs markers due to the culture conditions and number of passages have been pointed out as causes of this inconsistency [1,5]. Maikel Varma et al. showed that freshly isolated ASCs slightly differed in immunophenotype from cultured ASCs, freshly isolated ASCs displaying highly positive for CD34, and positive for CD117 and HLA-DR [6]. In this journal, a report by Gowda and his colleagues evaluated optimum culture conditions for efficient large-scale stem cell expansion [5]. They compared different medium combinations and seeding densities and showed that 25:75 DMEM-KO/α-MEM at a seeding density of 5000 cells/cm2 generated significantly higher cell yield than the other medium combinations, while preserving their stem cell characteristics and differentiation potential. This information provides good manufacturing practice (GMP) guidance for standardizing ASCs production. The similar study was also reported by Pawitan et al to show that different media selection caused different quality of ASCs [7].

Recently a new, reliable method for enrichment of white adipose tissue (WAT) MSCs based on lineage-negative (Lin -) cell population selection was reported, with even greater amounts of MSC markers than stromal-vascular fraction (SVF) cells which relies on the adhesiveness of the culture and particular passages [8]. This protocol may also help to generate a standard protocol for a fast ASCs enrichment.

The usage of ASCs is usually ranged from passage 4-6. The shortage of cells number and replicative senescence in limited lifespan, known as the "Hayflick limit" in vitro, limits their further clinical application. Martin A. Vidal and colleagues evaluated the senescence in MSCs from fat tissue with data of population doublings, b-galactosidase staining, telomere length detection as well as Sox2 expression (essential for cellular pluripotency and self-renewal) [9]. Replicative senescence of MSC preparations was confirmed as a continuous process starting from the first passage onwards [10]. Wang et al. transfected with human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) gene by the lentiviral vector to prolong the lifespan of stem cells and even immortalize them [11]. Recently a group also demonstrated that hASCs, upon immortalization, maintain a strong capacity to secrete potent angiogenic molecules and can be employed in in vivo cell-tracking experiments, expanding their potential use in laboratory practice [12].

As the development of ASCs’ study from the bench to the clinic, focus is switching from characterization to develop largescale manufacturing processes with relevant quality controls for the production of ASCs in accordance with evaluable and comparable manufacturing practices [13]. Therefore, standard criteria is emergent in need for a safety, reproducibility and quality widespread clinical use of adipose-derived stem cells (Table 1).

Procedure GMP associated information for ASCs production Reference
Collection fat pad, liposuction aspiration or  Lipogems product [1,3,4]
Isolation Collagenase digestion vs.nonenzymatic method [1,4,5]
Purification Adherent culture vs. lineage-negative sorting [1,3,5,8]
Expansion Freshly isolated cells vs. cultured cells [8-11]
Characterization Immunophenotype, Differentiation capacity, Colony formation, Transcriptome and Proteome [3-8]
Clinical application Diabetes, ischemic injury, liver injury, kidney injury, cardiac repair, retinopathy, inflammatory diseases, transplant tolerance, erectile dysfunction, nerve repair, anti-cancer therapy [1,2,13]

Table 1: Summary of safety, reproducibility and quality widespread clinical use of adipose-derived stem cells.


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