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Sci Rep. 2017 Jun 7;7(1):2954. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-03113-0.

Platelet-rich plasma respectively reduces and promotes adipogenic and myofibroblastic differentiation of human adipose-derived stromal cells via the TGFβ signalling pathway.

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Université Côte d'Azur, CNRS, Inserm, iBV, Faculté de Médecine, 06107, Nice Cedex 2, France.
Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgery Department, Hôpital Pasteur 2, Nice, France.
Research Galderma, Sophia, Antipolis, France.
Biochemistry Department, Hôpital Pasteur 1, Nice, France.
Université Côte d'Azur, CNRS, Inserm, iBV, Faculté de Médecine, 06107, Nice Cedex 2, France.


Autologous fat grafting is a gold standard therapy for soft tissue defects, but is hampered by unpredictable postoperative outcomes. Fat graft enrichment with adipose-derived stromal cell (ASCs) was recently reported to enhance graft survival. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has also emerged as a biologic scaffold that promotes fat graft viability. Combined ASC/PRP fat grafting enrichment is thus a promising new regenerative medicine approach. The effects of PRP on ASC proliferation are well documented, but the impact of PRP on ASC differentiation has yet to be investigated in depth to further elucidate the PRP clinical effects. Here we analyzed the human ASC fate upon PRP treatment. PRP was found to sharply reduce the potential of ASCs to undergo differentiation into adipocytes. Interestingly, the PRP anti-adipogenic effect was accompanied by the generation of myofibroblast-like cells. Among the various factors released from PRP, TGFβ pathway activators played a critical role in both the anti-adipogenic and pro-myofibroblastic PRP effects. Overall, these data suggest that PRP participates in maintaining a pool of ASCs and in the repair process by promoting ASC differentiation into myofibroblast-like cells. TGFβ may provide an important target pathway to improve PRP clinical outcomes.

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