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Tissue Eng Part C Methods. 2011 Aug;17(8):843-60. doi: 10.1089/ten.tec.2010.0697. Epub 2011 May 19.

Expansion of the human adipose-derived stromal vascular cell fraction yields a population of smooth muscle-like cells with markedly distinct phenotypic and functional properties relative to mesenchymal stem cells.

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Bioprocess Research and Assay Development, Tengion Inc., Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27103, USA.


Adipose tissue contains a heterogeneous cell population composed of endothelial cells, adipocytes, smooth muscle cells (SMC), and mesenchymal progenitors and stromal cells that meet the criteria put forth by the International Society for Cellular Therapy as defining mesenchymal stem cells (MSC). In this study, we expanded the stromal vascular fraction (SVF) of human adipose tissue and characterized the resulting adherent primary cell cultures by quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction, antigen expression, protein fingerprinting, growth kinetics, in vitro tri-lineage differentiation bioactivity, and functional responses to small molecules modulating SMC-related developmental pathways and compared the results to those obtained with functionally validated MSC cultures. SVF-derived initial cultures (P0) were expanded in a defined medium that was not optimized for MSC growth conditions, neither were recombinant cytokines or growth factors added to the media to direct differentiation. The adherent cell cultures derived from SVF expansion under these conditions had markedly distinct phenotypic and biological properties relative to functionally validated MSC cultures. SVF-derived adherent cell cultures retained characteristics consistent with the SMC subpopulation within adipose tissue--phenotype, gene, and protein expression--that were independent of passage number and source of SVF (n=4 independent donors). SVF-derived cells presented significantly less robust in vitro tri-lineage differentiation bioactivity relative to validated MSC. Expanded SVF cells and MSC had opposite responses to the thromboxane A2 mimetic U46619, demonstrating an unambiguous functional distinction between the two cell types. Taken together, these data support the conclusions that SVF cells expanded under the conditions described in these studies are accurately described as adipose-derived SMC and represent a cellular subpopulation of adipose SVF that is separate and distinct from other classes of adipose-derived cells.

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