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Clumps of Mesenchymal Stem Cell/Extracellular Matrix Complexes Generated with Xeno-Free Conditions Facilitate Bone Regeneration via Direct and Indirect Osteogenesis

Department of Periodontal Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical and Health Sciences, Hiroshima University, Hiroshima 734-8553, Japan
Department of Clinical Application, Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8507, Japan
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2019, 20(16), 3970;
Received: 17 July 2019 / Revised: 9 August 2019 / Accepted: 12 August 2019 / Published: 15 August 2019
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Three-dimensional clumps of mesenchymal stem cell (MSC)/extracellular matrix (ECM) complexes (C-MSCs) consist of cells and self-produced ECM. We demonstrated previously that C-MSCs can be transplanted into bone defect regions with no artificial scaffold to induce bone regeneration. To apply C-MSCs in a clinical setting as a reliable bone regenerative therapy, the present study aimed to generate C-MSCs in xeno-free/serum-free conditions that can exert successful bone regenerative properties and to monitor interactions between grafted cells and host cells during bone healing processes. Human bone marrow-derived MSCs were cultured in xeno-free/serum-free medium. To obtain C-MSCs, confluent cells that had formed on the cellular sheet were scratched using a micropipette tip and then torn off. The sheet was rolled to make a round clump of cells. Then, C-MSCs were transplanted into an immunodeficient mouse calvarial defect model. Transplantation of C-MSCs induced bone regeneration in a time-dependent manner. Immunofluorescence staining showed that both donor human cells and host mice cells contributed to bone reconstruction. Decellularized C-MSCs implantation failed to induce bone regeneration, even though the host mice cells can infiltrate into the defect area. These findings suggested that C-MSCs generated in xeno-free/serum-free conditions can induce bone regeneration via direct and indirect osteogenesis. View Full-Text
Keywords: xeno-free; scaffold-free; bone regeneration; MSCs; 3D culture xeno-free; scaffold-free; bone regeneration; MSCs; 3D culture

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Motoike, S.; Kajiya, M.; Komatsu, N.; Horikoshi, S.; Ogawa, T.; Sone, H.; Matsuda, S.; Ouhara, K.; Iwata, T.; Mizuno, N.; Fujita, T.; Ikeya, M.; Kurihara, H. Clumps of Mesenchymal Stem Cell/Extracellular Matrix Complexes Generated with Xeno-Free Conditions Facilitate Bone Regeneration via Direct and Indirect Osteogenesis. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2019, 20, 3970.

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