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Ageing Res Rev. 2011 Jan;10(1):93-103. doi: 10.1016/j.arr.2010.08.005. Epub 2010 Aug 19.

MSCs: Biological characteristics, clinical applications and their outstanding concerns.

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Institute of Basic Medicine Science, Chinese PLA General Hospital, 28 Fuxing Road, Beijing 100853, China.


Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are multi-potent adult stem cells harboring multi-lineage differentiation potential and immunosuppressive properties that make MSCs an ideal candidate cell type for immunomodulation and regenerative medicine. Currently, MSC-related researches and clinical trials have evoked exciting promise in a variety of disorders and tissue regeneration. However, it must be recognized that several critical potential problems have also emerged from current clinical trials, for example: (1) the indefinite association between the phenotypic characteristics and the biological functions of MSCs; (2) the lack of clinical data to support the long-term safety of MSCs; (3) the need for further clarification of multiple mechanisms of MSC transplant actions in vivo; and (4) the lack of comparability of MSC transplant efficacy. Therefore, MSC-based therapies could not yet be considered a routine treatment in the clinic. Based on these, we proposed that large-scale and multi-center clinical trials of MSC-based therapies should be initiated under strict supervision. These interventions might help to establish a new clinical paradigm to turn MSC transplantation into a routine therapy for at least some diseases in the near future.

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