- Open Access
Non-expanded adipose stromal vascular fraction cell therapy for multiple sclerosis
Journal of Translational Medicine volume 7, Article number: 29 (2009)
The stromal vascular fraction (SVF) of adipose tissue is known to contain mesenchymal stem cells (MSC), T regulatory cells, endothelial precursor cells, preadipocytes, as well as anti-inflammatory M2 macrophages. Safety of autologous adipose tissue implantation is supported by extensive use of this procedure in cosmetic surgery, as well as by ongoing studies using in vitro expanded adipose derived MSC. Equine and canine studies demonstrating anti-inflammatory and regenerative effects of non-expanded SVF cells have yielded promising results. Although non-expanded SVF cells have been used successfully in accelerating healing of Crohn's fistulas, to our knowledge clinical use of these cells for systemic immune modulation has not been reported. In this communication we discuss the rationale for use of autologous SVF in treatment of multiple sclerosis and describe our experiences with three patients. Based on this rationale and initial experiences, we propose controlled trials of autologous SVF in various inflammatory conditions.
Adipose tissue has attracted interest as a possible alternative stem cell source to bone marrow. Enticing characteristics of adipose derived cells include: a) ease of extraction, b) higher content of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) as compared to bone marrow, and c) ex vivo expandability of MSC is approximately equivalent, if not superior to bone marrow . With one exception , clinical trials on adipose derived cells, to date, have been limited to ex vivo expanded cells, which share properties with bone marrow derived MSC [3–8]. MSC expanded from adipose tissue are equivalent, if not superior to bone marrow in terms of differentiation ability [9, 10], angiogenesis stimulating potential , and immune modulatory effects . Given the requirements and potential contaminations associated with ex vivo cellular expansion, a simpler procedure would be the use of primary adipose tissue derived cells for therapy. Indeed it is reported that over 3000 horses with various cartilage and bone injuries have been treated with autologous lipoaspirate fractions without cellular expansion . In double blind studies of canine osteoarthritis statistically significant improvements in lameness, range of motion, and overall quality of life have been described [14, 15].
If such approaches could be translated clinically, an easy-to-use autologous stem cell therapy could be implemented that is applicable to a multitude of indications. Indeed, this is the desire of commercial entities that are developing bench top closed systems for autologous adipose cell therapy, such as Cytori's Celution™ system  and Tissue Genesis' TGI 1000™ platform , which are presently entering clinical trials. Unfortunately, since the majority of scientific studies have focused on in vitro expanded adipose derived cells, relatively little is known about the potential clinical effects of the whole lipoaspirate that contains numerous cell populations besides MSC. From a safety perspective the process of autologous fat grafting has been commonly used in cosmetic surgery [18, 19], so at least theoretically, autologous cell therapy, with the numerous cellular populations besides MSC that are found in adipose tissue, should be relatively innocuous. However, from an efficacy or disease-impact perspective, it is important to consider the various cellular components of adipose tissue and to develop a theoretical framework for evaluating activities that these components may mediate when administered systemically. For example, while attention is focused on the MSC component of adipose tissue, the high concentrations of monocytes/macrophages, and potential impact these may have on a clinical indication is often ignored.
In this paper we will discuss the potential use of the adipose derived cells for the treatment of inflammatory conditions in general, with specific emphasis on multiple sclerosis. Due to the chronic nature of the disease, the fact that in some situations remission naturally occurs, as well as lack of therapeutic impact on long term progression of current treatments, we examine the possibility of using autologous adipose derived cells in this condition. We will discuss the cellular components of adipose tissue, the biology of these components, how they may be involved in suppression of inflammatory/immunological aspects of MS, and conclude by providing case reports of three patients treatment with autologous adipose derived cells.
2. Components of Adipose Tissue
Mesenchymal Stem Cells
The mononuclear fraction of adipose tissue, referred to as the stromal vascular fraction (SVF) was originally described as a mitotically active source of adipocyte precursors by Hollenberg et al. in 1968 . These cells morphologically resembled fibroblasts and were demonstrated to differentiate into pre-adipocytes and functional adipose tissue in vitro . Although it was suggested that non-adipose differentiation of SVF may occur under specific conditions , the notion of "adipose-derived stem cells" was not widely recognized until a seminal paper in 2001, where Zuk et al demonstrated the SVF contains large numbers of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC)-like cells that could be induced to differentiate into adipogenic, chondrogenic, myogenic, and osteogenic lineages . Subsequent to the initial description, the same group reported after in vitro expansion the SVF derived cells had surface marker expression similar to bone marrow derived MSC, comprising of positive for CD29, CD44, CD71, CD90, CD105/SH2, and SH3 and lacking CD31, CD34, and CD45 expression . Boquest et al characterized fresh CD45 negative, CD34 positive, CD105 positive SVF cells based on CD31 expression. They demonstrated that the CD31 negative cells exhibited mesenchymal properties and could be expanded in vitro, whereas the CD31 positive cells possessed endothelial-like properties with poor in vitro expansion capacity . Mesenchymal cells with pluripotent potential have also been isolated from the liposuction aspirate fluid, which is the fluid portion of liposuction aspirates .
Endothelial Progenitor Cells
In addition to MSC content, it was identified that SVF contains endothelial precursor cells (EPC). A common notion is that vasculature tissue continually replenishes damaged endothelial cells de novo from circulating bone marrow derived EPC , and that administration of exogenous EPC in animals having damaged vasculature can inhibit progression of atherosclerosis or restenosis [28, 29]. Miranville et al demonstrated that human SVF cells isolated from subcutaneous or visceral adipose tissue contain a population of cells positive for CD34, CD133 and the drug efflux pump ABCG2 . These cells had endothelial colony forming ability in vitro, and in vivo could induce angiogenesis in a hindlimb ischemia model. Interestingly, the concentrations of cells with the phenotype associated with in vivo angiogenic ability, CD31 negative and CD34 positive, was positively associated with body mass index. This suggests the possibility that endothelial precursor cell entrapment in adipose tissue of obese patients may be related to the reduced angiogenic function seen in obesity . Several other groups have reported CD34 positive cells in the SVF capable of stimulating angiogenesis directly or through release of growth factors such as IGF-1, HGF-1 and VEGF [32–35]. The existence of a CD34 positive subset in the SVF may indicate possibility of cells with not only endothelial but also hematopoietic potential. Indeed at least one report exists of a bipotent hematopoietic and angiopoietic phenotype isolated from the SVF . Thus from these data it appears that SVF contains at least 2 major populations of stem cells, an MSC compartment and an EPC compartment that may have some hematopoietic activity. When these cells are quantified, one author describes that from primary isolated SVF, approximately 2% of the cells have the hematopoietic-associated CD34+ CD45+ phenotype, and 6.7% having a mesenchymal CD105+ CD146+ phenotype . Many studies using SVF perform in vitro expansion of the cells, this causes selection for certain cell populations such as MSC and decreases the number of CD34 cells . Thus in vitro expanded SVF derived cells can not be compared with primary isolated SVF cells.
Immune Regulatory Monocytes/Macrophages
In addition to its stem/progenitor cell content, the SVF is known to contain monocytes/macrophages. Although pluripotency of monocytic populations has previously been described [39, 40], we will focus our discussion to immunological properties. Initial experiments suggested that macrophage content of adipose tissue was associated with the chronic low grade inflammation found in obese patients. This was suggested by co-culture experiments in which adipocytes were capable of inducing TNF-alpha secretion from macrophage cell lines in vitro . Clinical studies demonstrated that adipocytes also directly release a constitutive amount of TNF-alpha and leptin, which are capable of inducing macrophage secretion of inflammatory mediators . It appears from several studies in mice and humans that when monocytes/macrophages are isolated from adipose tissue, they in fact possess anti-inflammatory functions characterized by high expression of IL-10 and IL-1 receptor antagonist [43–45]. These adipose derived macrophages have an "M2" phenotype, which physiologically is seen in conditions of immune suppression such as in tumors , post-sepsis compensatory anti-inflammatory syndrome [47, 48], or pregnancy associated decidual macrophages . It is estimated that the monocytic/macrophage compartment of the SVF is approximately 10% based on CD14 expression . Interestingly, administrations of ex vivo generated M2 macrophages have been demonstrated to inhibit kidney injury in an adriamycin-induced model . In the context of MS, alternatively activated, M2-like microglial cells are believed to inhibit progression in the EAE model . Thus the anti-inflammatory activities of M2 cells are a potential mechanism of therapeutic effect of SVF cells when isolated from primary sources and not expanded.
T Regulatory Cells
It has been reported by us and others, that activation of T cells in the absence of costimulatory signals leads to generation of immune suppressive CD4+ CD25+ T regulatory (Treg) cells [52, 53]. Thus local activation of immunity in adipose tissue would theoretically be associated with reduced costimulatory molecule expression by the M2 macrophages, which theoretically may predispose to Treg generation. Conversely, it is known that Tregs are involved in maintaining macrophages in the M2 phenotype . Supporting the possibility of Treg in adipose tissue also comes from the high concentration of local MSC which are known to secrete TGF-beta  and IL-10 , both involved in Treg generation . Indeed numerous studies have demonstrated the ability of MSC to induce Treg cells [56, 58–60]. To test the possibility that Treg exist in the SVF, we performed a series of experiments isolating CD4, CD25 positive cells from the SVF of BALB/c mice and compared frequency between other tissues, (lymph node and spleen). We observed a 3 fold increase in the CD4+, CD25+ compartment as compared to control tissues. Functionally, these cells were capable of suppressing ConA stimulated syngeneic CD4+ CD25+ negative cells (manuscript in preparation).
3. Treatment of Autoimmunity with Adipose Cells
In general, MSC, whether derived from the bone marrow, adipose, or other sources, have been demonstrated to exert dual functions that are relevant to autoimmunity [61–65]. These conditions are usually exemplified by activation of innate immune components, breakdown of self tolerance of the adaptive immune response, and subsequent destruction of tissues. Although these are generalizations, an initial insult either by foreign microorganisms, or other means, causes tissue damage and activation of innate immunity, which under proper genetic background leads to re-activation/escape from anergy of "self"-recognizing T cell clones, thus causing more tissue damage, activation of immunity, and lose of function. MSC inhibit innate immune activation by blocking dendritic cell maturation [66, 67], by suppressing macrophage activation , and by producing agents such as IL-1 receptor antagonist  and IL-10  that directly block inflammatory signaling. Perhaps the strongest example of MSC inhibiting the innate immune response is the recent publication of Nemeth et al, which demonstrated that administration of MSC can block onset of sepsis in the aggressive cecal ligation and puncture model . Through inhibiting DC activation, MSC suppress subsequent adaptive immunity by generating T regulatory (Treg) cells , as well as blocking cytotoxic activities of CD8 cells. In some situations, increased immunoregulatory activity is reported with expanded MSC compartment of SVF as reported by Mcintosh et al. .
In addition to inhibiting pathological innate and adaptive immunity, MSC have the ability to selectively home to areas of tissue damage, and mediate direct or indirect repair function. As an example, CXCR-4 expression of MSC allows homing toward injured/hypoxic tissue after intravenous administration. Indeed this has allowed for numerous studies demonstrating positive effects of intravenously administered MSC causing regeneration in many tissues such as CNS injury [72, 73], transplant rejection , toxin-induced diabetes , nephropathy , and enteropathy . The regenerative effects of MSC have been postulated to be mediated by differentiation into damaged tissue, although this is somewhat controversial, as well as through secretion of growth factors/antiapoptotic factors which induce tissue regeneration [77, 78].
The ability of MSC to inhibit immune response, while offering the possibility of inducing/accelerating healing of tissue that has already been damaged, makes this population attractive for treatment of autoimmune disorders. While numerous studies clinical studies are using expanded MSC derived from the bone marrow [79–81], here we chose an indication of autologous adipose SVF based on the immunological profile, the length of disease progress allowing several interventions, and the fact that the disease naturally has periods of remission during which the rationale would be to amplify a process that already is underway.
4. Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system attacks the central nervous system (CNS), leading to demyelination. It may cause numerous physical and mental symptoms, and often progresses to physical and cognitive disability. Disease onset usually occurs in young adults, and is more common in women . MS affects the areas of the brain and spinal cord known as the white matter. Specifically, MS destroys oligodendrocytes, which are the cells responsible for creating and maintaining the myelin sheath, which helps the neurons carry electrical signals. MS results in a thinning or complete loss of myelin and, less frequently, transection of axons .
Current therapies for MS include steroids, immune suppressants (cyclosporine, azathioprine, methotrexate), immune modulators (interferons, glatiramer acetate), and immune modulating antibodies (natalizumab). At present none of the MS treatment available on the market selectively inhibit the immune attack against the nervous system, nor do they stimulate regeneration of previously damaged tissue.
Treg cells modulate MS
Induction of remission in MS has been associated with stimulation of T regulatory cells. For example, patients responding to the clinically used immune modulatory drug glatiramer acetate have been reported to have increased levels of CD4+, CD25+, FoxP3+ Treg cells in peripheral blood and cerebral spinal fluid . Interferon beta, another clinically used drug for MS induces a renormalization of Treg activity after initiation of therapy through stimulation of de novo regulatory cell generation . In the animal model of MS, experimental allergic encephalomyelitis (EAE), disease progression is exacerbated by Treg depletion , and natural protection against disease in certain models of EAE is associated with antigen-specific Treg . Thus there is some reason to believe that stimulation of the Treg compartment may be therapeutically beneficial in MS.
Endogenous neural stem cells affect MS recovery
In addition to immune damage, MS patients are known to have a certain degree of recovery based on endogenous repair processes. Pregnancy associated MS remission has been demonstrated to be associated with increased white matter plasticity and oligodendrocyte repair activity . Functional MRI (fMRI) studies have suggested that various behavioral modifications may augment repair processes at least in a subset of MS patients . Endogenous stem cells in the sub-ventricular zone of brains of mice and humans with MS have been demonstrated to possess ability to differentiate into oligodendrocytes and to some extent assist in remyelination . For example, an 8-fold increase in de novo differentiating sub-ventricular zone derived cells was observed in autopsy samples of MS patients in active as compared to non-active lesions .
Stem Cell Therapy for MS
The therapeutic effects of MSC in MS have been demonstrated in several animal studies. In one of the first studies of immune modulation, Zappia et al. demonstrated administration of MSC subsequent to immunization with encephalomyelitis-inducing bovine myelin prevented onset of the mouse MS-like disease EAE. The investigators attributed the therapeutic effects to stimulation of Treg cells, deviation of cytokine profile, and apoptosis of activated T cells . It is interesting to note that the MSC were injected intravenously. Several other studies have shown inhibition of EAE using various MSC injection protocols [91, 92].
To our knowledge there is only one publication describing clinical exploration of MSC in MS. An Iranian group reported using intrathecal injections of autologous culture expanded MSC in treatment unresponsive MS patients demonstrated improvement in one patient (EDSS score from 5 to 2.5), no change in 4 patients, and progressive disease in 5 patients based on EDSS score. Functional system assessment revealed six patients had improvement in their sensory, pyramidal, and cerebellar functions. One showed no difference in clinical assessment and three deteriorated .
5. Case Reports
Given the rationale that autologous SVF cells have a reasonable safety profile, and contain both immune modulatory and regenerative cell populations, a physician-initiated compassionate-use treatment was explored in 3 patients. Here we describe their treatments and histories.
In 2005, a 50-year-old man was diagnosed with Relapsing-remitting MS, presenting with tonic spasms, stiffness, gait imbalance, excessive hearing loss, loss of coordination, numbness in both feet, sexual dysfunction, severe pain all over his body, fatigue and depression. In 2005, the patient experienced refractory spells of tonic flexion spasms, occurring for several minutes at a time and multiple times throughout the day. He was treated with muscle relaxants, I.V. steroids and Tegretol, and his condition had improved. However, in 2006 he experienced severe uncontrollable tonic extensions of all four extremities lasting about two minutes and associated with significant pain. Cranial MRI done at that time revealed at least 30 periventricular white matter lesions. Patient also reported excellent response to Solu-Medrol infusions. Therefore, the combination of response to steroids, characteristic MRI abnormalities and positive oligoclonal banding strongly suggested a diagnosis of Relapsing Remitting MS. Infusions of Tysabri (Natalizumab, Biogen Idec) every four weeks were prescribed in November 2006, with excellent results and no significant side effects. However, in March 2007 patient reported spasticity approximately three weeks after the infusions, leading to alteration of his Tysabri infusion regimen to Q3 weeks. By June 2007 the patient had began complaining of significant memory loss and by September 2007 he has had recurrence of his tonic spasms with multiple attacks daily. He was treated with Solu-Medrol, Baclofen, Provigil, Tegretol, Trileptal, Tysabri, Vitamins, Omega-3 and Zanaflex with some improvement of his neurologic symptoms. However, he complained of severe abdominal pain, decreased appetite and melanotic stools, consistent with stress ulcer secondary to steroid treatment. By November 2007 the patient was still somewhat responsive to Tysabri and I.V. Solu-Medrol, but continued to experience multiple severe tonic spasms at a rate of 30 – 40 spasms per month.
In May 2008, the patient was treated with two I.V. infusions of 28 million SVF cells and multiple intrathecal and intravenous infusions of allogeneic CD34+ and MSC cells. MSC were third party unmatched and CD34 were matched by mixed lymphocyte reaction. Infusions were performed within a 9-day period and were very well tolerated without any adverse or side effects. No other treatments were necessary during the patient's stay. After the second stem cell infusion the patient reported a significant decrease of his generalized pain. However, he continued to experience severe neck and shoulder pain and was re-evaluated by his neurologist. Two months after the stem cell therapy, the volume of his hearing aids had to be lowered once per week over 4 weeks. Three months after the stem cell infusions the patient reported a significant improvement of his cognition and almost complete reduction of the spasticity in his extremities. He mentioned that he has had 623 tonic seizures in the past and confirmed that he has not experienced any more seizures since the completion of the stem cell therapy. A neurological evaluation performed three months after the stem cell infusions revealed an intact cranial nerve (II-XII) function and no nystagmus, normal motor function without any atrophy or fasciculations, and intact sensory and cerebellar functions and mental status. New MRI images, obtained 6 months after the stem cell treatment showed lesions, very similar to the lesions observed before the stem cell treatment (Figure 1). The patient also reported significantly improved memory, sexual function, and energy level. Currently, the patient is taking only multivitamin, minerals and Omega 3.
Second patient: A 32-year-old man was diagnosed in 2001 with relapsing-remitting MS, presenting with fatigue and depression, uneven walk pattern, cognitive dysfunction, and a progressive decline in his memory without any specific neurological symptoms. In 2002 he was started on weekly intramuscular Avonex (IFN-b1a, Biogen Idec) and has had no further exacerbations and no evidence of progressive deterioration. Patient's fatigue was treated well with Provigil, and his mood improved significantly due to treatment with Wellbutrin SR. In 2007, the patient complained of some mood changes, with more agitation, irritability, mood destabilization, and cognitive slowing. As depression was suspected in playing a central role in patient's condition, Razadyne was added to the antidepressant regimen.
In 2008, the patient was treated with two I.V. infusions of 25 million autologous adipose-derived SVF cells and multiple intrathecal and intravenous infusions of allogeneic CD34+ and MSC cells. MSC were third party unmatched and CD34 were matched by mixed lymphocyte reaction. All infusions were performed within a 10-day period and were very well tolerated without any significant side effects. The treatment plan also included physical therapy sessions.
Three months after the stem cell infusions the patient reported a significant improvement of his balance and coordination as well as an improved energy level and mood. New MRI images, obtained 7 months after the stem cell treatment showed lesions, very similar to the lesions observed before the stem cell treatment (Figure 2). Currently, he is not taking any antidepressants and is reporting a significantly improved overall condition. His current treatment regiment includes a weekly injection of Avonex, vitamins, minerals and Omega 3.
The patient was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS in 1993, presenting symptoms were noticeable tingling and burning sensation in the right leg, followed by paraplegia lasting almost three weeks. Neurological investigations at the time uncovered MRI findings suggestive for a demyelinating syndrome. In June of 2008, the patient was treated with two I.V. infusions of 75 million autologous adipose-derived SVF cells and multiple intrathecal and intravenous infusions of allogeneic CD34+ and MSC cells. MSC were third party unmatched and CD34 were matched by mixed lymphocyte reaction. All infusions were performed within a 10-day period and were very well tolerated without any significant side effects. His gait, balance and coordination improved dramatically oven a period of several weeks. His condition continued to improve over the next few months and he is currently reporting a still continuing improvement and ability to jog, run and bike for extended periods of time daily.
The patients treated were part of a compassionate-use evaluation of stem cell therapeutic protocols in a physician-initiated manner. Previous experiences in MS patients using allogeneic CD34+ cord blood cells together with MSC did not routinely result in substantial improvements observed in the three cases described above. While obviously no conclusions in terms of therapeutic efficacy can be drawn from the above reports, we believe that further clinical evaluation of autologous SVF cells is warranted in autoimmune conditions.
Kern S, Eichler H, Stoeve J, Kluter H, Bieback K: Comparative analysis of mesenchymal stem cells from bone marrow, umbilical cord blood, or adipose tissue. Stem Cells. 2006, 24: 1294-1301. 10.1634/stemcells.2005-0342.
Garcia-Olmo D, Herreros D, Pascual M, Pascual I, De-La-Quintana P, Trebol J, Garcia-Arranz M: Treatment of enterocutaneous fistula in Crohn's Disease with adipose-derived stem cells: a comparison of protocols with and without cell expansion. Int J Colorectal Dis. 2009, 24: 27-30. 10.1007/s00384-008-0559-0.
Garcia-Olmo D, Garcia-Arranz M, Herreros D, Pascual I, Peiro C, Rodriguez-Montes JA: A phase I clinical trial of the treatment of Crohn's fistula by adipose mesenchymal stem cell transplantation. Dis Colon Rectum. 2005, 48: 1416-1423. 10.1007/s10350-005-0052-6.
Stillaert FB, Di Bartolo C, Hunt JA, Rhodes NP, Tognana E, Monstrey S, Blondeel PN: Human clinical experience with adipose precursor cells seeded on hyaluronic acid-based spongy scaffolds. Biomaterials. 2008, 29: 3953-3959. 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2008.06.005.
Garcia-Olmo D, Garcia-Arranz M, Herreros D: Expanded adipose-derived stem cells for the treatment of complex perianal fistula including Crohn's disease. Expert Opin Biol Ther. 2008, 8: 1417-1423. 10.1517/14712522.214.171.1247.
Fang B, Song YP, Liao LM, Han Q, Zhao RC: Treatment of severe therapy-resistant acute graft-versus-host disease with human adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2006, 38: 389-390. 10.1038/sj.bmt.1705457.
Fang B, Song Y, Zhao RC, Han Q, Lin Q: Using human adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells as salvage therapy for hepatic graft-versus-host disease resembling acute hepatitis. Transplant Proc. 2007, 39: 1710-1713. 10.1016/j.transproceed.2007.02.091.
Fang B, Song Y, Liao L, Zhang Y, Zhao RC: Favorable response to human adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells in steroid-refractory acute graft-versus-host disease. Transplant Proc. 2007, 39: 3358-3362. 10.1016/j.transproceed.2007.08.103.
Hayashi O, Katsube Y, Hirose M, Ohgushi H, Ito H: Comparison of osteogenic ability of rat mesenchymal stem cells from bone marrow, periosteum, and adipose tissue. Calcif Tissue Int. 2008, 82: 238-247. 10.1007/s00223-008-9112-y.
Noel D, Caton D, Roche S, Bony C, Lehmann S, Casteilla L, Jorgensen C, Cousin B: Cell specific differences between human adipose-derived and mesenchymal-stromal cells despite similar differentiation potentials. Exp Cell Res. 2008, 314: 1575-1584. 10.1016/j.yexcr.2007.12.022.
Kim Y, Kim H, Cho H, Bae Y, Suh K, Jung J: Direct comparison of human mesenchymal stem cells derived from adipose tissues and bone marrow in mediating neovascularization in response to vascular ischemia. Cell Physiol Biochem. 2007, 20: 867-876. 10.1159/000110447.
Keyser KA, Beagles KE, Kiem HP: Comparison of mesenchymal stem cells from different tissues to suppress T-cell activation. Cell Transplant. 2007, 16: 555-562.
Black LL, Gaynor J, Gahring D, Adams C, Aron D, Harman S, Gingerich DA, Harman R: Effect of adipose-derived mesenchymal stem and regenerative cells on lameness in dogs with chronic osteoarthritis of the coxofemoral joints: a randomized, double-blinded, multicenter, controlled trial. Vet Ther. 2007, 8: 272-284.
Black LL, Gaynor J, Adams C, Dhupa S, Sams AE, Taylor R, Harman S, Gingerich DA, Harman R: Effect of intraarticular injection of autologous adipose-derived mesenchymal stem and regenerative cells on clinical signs of chronic osteoarthritis of the elbow joint in dogs. Vet Ther. 2008, 9: 192-200.
Lin K, Matsubara Y, Masuda Y, Togashi K, Ohno T, Tamura T, Toyoshima Y, Sugimachi K, Toyoda M, Marc H, Douglas A: Characterization of adipose tissue-derived cells isolated with the Celution system. Cytotherapy. 2008, 10: 417-426. 10.1080/14653240801982979.
Tissue genesis cell isolation system. [http://www.tissuegenesis.com/TGI%201000%20Product%20Brochure.pdf]
Hang-Fu L, Marmolya G, Feiglin DH: Liposuction fat-fillant implant for breast augmentation and reconstruction. Aesthetic Plast Surg. 1995, 19: 427-437. 10.1007/BF00453876.
Klein AW: Skin filling. Collagen and otherinjectables of the skin. Dermatol Clin. 2001, 19: 491-508. 10.1016/S0733-8635(05)70290-4. ix
Hollenberg CH, Vost A: Regulation of DNA synthesis in fat cells and stromal elements from rat adipose tissue. J Clin Invest. 1969, 47: 2485-2498.
Gaben-Cogneville AM, Aron Y, Idriss G, Jahchan T, Pello JY, Swierczewski E: Differentiation under the control of insulin of rat preadipocytes in primary culture. Isolation of homogeneous cellular fractions by gradient centrifugation. Biochim Biophys Acta. 1983, 762: 437-444. 10.1016/0167-4889(83)90009-5.
Glick JM, Adelman SJ: Established cell lines from rat adipose tissue that secrete lipoprotein lipase. In Vitro. 1983, 19: 421-428. 10.1007/BF02619559.
Zuk PA, Zhu M, Mizuno H, Huang J, Futrell JW, Katz AJ, Benhaim P, Lorenz HP, Hedrick MH: Multilineage cells from human adipose tissue: implications for cell-based therapies. Tissue Eng. 2001, 7: 211-228. 10.1089/107632701300062859.
Zuk PA, Zhu M, Ashjian P, De Ugarte DA, Huang JI, Mizuno H, Alfonso ZC, Fraser JK, Benhaim P, Hedrick MH: Human adipose tissue is a source of multipotent stem cells. Mol Biol Cell. 2002, 13: 4279-4295. 10.1091/mbc.E02-02-0105.
Boquest AC, Shahdadfar A, Fronsdal K, Sigurjonsson O, Tunheim SH, Collas P, Brinchmann JE: Isolation and transcription profiling of purified uncultured human stromal stem cells: alteration of gene expression after in vitro cell culture. Mol Biol Cell. 2005, 16: 1131-1141. 10.1091/mbc.E04-10-0949.
Yoshimura K, Shigeura T, Matsumoto D, Sato T, Takaki Y, Aiba-Kojima E, Sato K, Inoue K, Nagase T, Koshima I, Gonda K: Characterization of freshly isolated and cultured cells derived from the fatty and fluid portions of liposuction aspirates. J Cell Physiol. 2006, 208: 64-76. 10.1002/jcp.20636.
Asahara T, Murohara T, Sullivan A, Silver M, Zee van der R, Li T, Witzenbichler B, Schatteman G, Isner JM: Isolation of putative progenitor endothelial cells for angiogenesis. Science. 1997, 275: 964-967. 10.1126/science.275.5302.964.
Rauscher FM, Goldschmidt-Clermont PJ, Davis BH, Wang T, Gregg D, Ramaswami P, Pippen AM, Annex BH, Dong C, Taylor DA: Aging, progenitor cell exhaustion, and atherosclerosis. Circulation. 2003, 108: 457-463. 10.1161/01.CIR.0000082924.75945.48.
Sata M, Fukuda D, Tanaka K, Kaneda Y, Yashiro H, Shirakawa I: The role of circulating precursors in vascular repair and lesion formation. J Cell Mol Med. 2005, 9: 557-568. 10.1111/j.1582-4934.2005.tb00488.x.
Miranville A, Heeschen C, Sengenes C, Curat CA, Busse R, Bouloumie A: Improvement of postnatal neovascularization by human adipose tissue-derived stem cells. Circulation. 2004, 110: 349-355. 10.1161/01.CIR.0000135466.16823.D0.
Urbich C, Dimmeler S: Risk factors for coronary artery disease, circulating endothelial progenitor cells, and the role of HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors. Kidney Int. 2005, 67: 1672-1676. 10.1111/j.1523-1755.2005.00261.x.
Planat-Benard V, Silvestre JS, Cousin B, Andre M, Nibbelink M, Tamarat R, Clergue M, Manneville C, Saillan-Barreau C, Duriez M, Tedgui A, Levy B, Penicaud L, Casteilla L: Plasticity of human adipose lineage cells toward endothelial cells: physiological and therapeutic perspectives. Circulation. 2004, 109: 656-663. 10.1161/01.CIR.0000114522.38265.61.
Rehman J, Traktuev D, Li J, Merfeld-Clauss S, Temm-Grove CJ, Bovenkerk JE, Pell CL, Johnstone BH, Considine RV, March KL: Secretion of angiogenic and antiapoptotic factors by human adipose stromal cells. Circulation. 2004, 109: 1292-1298. 10.1161/01.CIR.0000121425.42966.F1.
Cai L, Johnstone BH, Cook TG, Liang Z, Traktuev D, Cornetta K, Ingram DA, Rosen ED, March KL: Suppression of hepatocyte growth factor production impairs the ability of adipose-derived stem cells to promote ischemic tissue revascularization. Stem Cells. 2007, 25: 3234-3243. 10.1634/stemcells.2007-0388.
Sumi M, Sata M, Toya N, Yanaga K, Ohki T, Nagai R: Transplantation of adipose stromal cells, but not mature adipocytes, augments ischemia-induced angiogenesis. Life Sci. 2007, 80: 559-565. 10.1016/j.lfs.2006.10.020.
Minana MD, Carbonell-Uberos F, Mirabet V, Marin S, Encabo A: IFATS collection: Identification of hemangioblasts in the adult human adipose tissue. Stem Cells. 2008, 26: 2696-2704. 10.1634/stemcells.2007-0988.
Astori G, Vignati F, Bardelli S, Tubio M, Gola M, Albertini V, Bambi F, Scali G, Castelli D, Rasini V, Soldati G, Moccetti T: "In vitro" and multicolor phenotypic characterization of cell subpopulations identified in fresh human adipose tissue stromal vascular fraction and in the derived mesenchymal stem cells. J Transl Med. 2007, 5: 55-10.1186/1479-5876-5-55.
Varma MJ, Breuls RG, Schouten TE, Jurgens WJ, Bontkes HJ, Schuurhuis GJ, van Ham SM, van Milligen FJ: Phenotypical and functional characterization of freshly isolated adipose tissue-derived stem cells. Stem Cells Dev. 2007, 16: 91-104. 10.1089/scd.2006.0026.
Ruhnke M, Ungefroren H, Nussler A, Martin F, Brulport M, Schormann W, Hengstler JG, Klapper W, Ulrichs K, Hutchinson JA, Soria B, Parwaresch RM, Heeckt P, Kremer B, Fandrich F: Differentiation of in vitro-modified human peripheral blood monocytes into hepatocyte-like and pancreatic islet-like cells. Gastroenterology. 2005, 128: 1774-1786. 10.1053/j.gastro.2005.03.029.
Ruhnke M, Nussler AK, Ungefroren H, Hengstler JG, Kremer B, Hoeckh W, Gottwald T, Heeckt P, Fandrich F: Human monocyte-derived neohepatocytes: a promising alternative to primary human hepatocytes for autologous cell therapy. Transplantation. 2005, 79: 1097-1103. 10.1097/01.TP.0000157362.91322.82.
Suganami T, Nishida J, Ogawa Y: A paracrine loop between adipocytes and macrophages aggravates inflammatory changes: role of free fatty acids and tumor necrosis factor alpha. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2005, 25: 2062-2068. 10.1161/01.ATV.0000183883.72263.13.
Bastard JP, Maachi M, Lagathu C, Kim MJ, Caron M, Vidal H, Capeau J, Feve B: Recent advances in the relationship between obesity, inflammation, and insulin resistance. Eur Cytokine Netw. 2006, 17: 4-12.
Zeyda M, Stulnig TM: Adipose tissue macrophages. Immunol Lett. 2007, 112: 61-67. 10.1016/j.imlet.2007.07.003.
Odegaard JI, Ricardo-Gonzalez RR, Goforth MH, Morel CR, Subramanian V, Mukundan L, Eagle AR, Vats D, Brombacher F, Ferrante AW, Chawla A: Macrophage-specific PPARgamma controls alternative activation and improves insulin resistance. Nature. 2007, 447: 1116-1120. 10.1038/nature05894.
Zeyda M, Farmer D, Todoric J, Aszmann O, Speiser M, Gyori G, Zlabinger GJ, Stulnig TM: Human adipose tissue macrophages are of an anti-inflammatory phenotype but capable of excessive pro-inflammatory mediator production. Int J Obes (Lond). 2007, 31: 1420-1428. 10.1038/sj.ijo.0803632.
Mantovani A, Sozzani S, Locati M, Allavena P, Sica A: Macrophage polarization: tumor-associated macrophages as a paradigm for polarized M2 mononuclear phagocytes. Trends Immunol. 2002, 23: 549-555. 10.1016/S1471-4906(02)02302-5.
Mehta A, Brewington R, Chatterji M, Zoubine M, Kinasewitz GT, Peer GT, Chang AC, Taylor Jr FB, Shnyra A: Infection-induced modulation of m1 and m2 phenotypes in circulating monocytes: role in immune monitoring and early prognosis of sepsis. Shock. 2004, 22: 423-430. 10.1097/01.shk.0000142184.49976.0c.
Song GY, Chung CS, Jarrar D, Chaudry IH, Ayala A: Evolution of an immune suppressive macrophage phenotype as a product of P38 MAPK activation in polymicrobial sepsis. Shock. 2001, 15: 42-48. 10.1097/00024382-200115010-00007.
Gustafsson C, Mjosberg J, Matussek A, Geffers R, Matthiesen L, Berg G, Sharma S, Buer J, Ernerudh J: Gene expression profiling of human decidual macrophages: evidence for immunosuppressive phenotype. PLoS ONE. 2008, 3: e2078-10.1371/journal.pone.0002078.
Wang Y, Wang YP, Zheng G, Lee VW, Ouyang L, Chang DH, Mahajan D, Coombs J, Wang YM, Alexander SI, Harris DC: Ex vivo programmed macrophages ameliorate experimental chronic inflammatory renal disease. Kidney Int. 2007, 72: 290-299. 10.1038/sj.ki.5002275.
Ponomarev ED, Maresz K, Tan Y, Dittel BN: CNS-derived interleukin-4 is essential for the regulation of autoimmune inflammation and induces a state of alternative activation in microglial cells. J Neurosci. 2007, 27: 10714-10721. 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1922-07.2007.
Zhang X, Li M, Lian D, Zheng X, Zhang ZX, Ichim TE, Xia X, Huang X, Vladau C, Suzuki M, Garcia B, Jevnikar AM, Min WP: Generation of therapeutic dendritic cells and regulatory T cells for preventing allogeneic cardiac graft rejection. Clin Immunol. 2008, 127: 313-321. 10.1016/j.clim.2008.01.013.
Ichim TE, Zhong R, Min WP: Prevention of allograft rejection by in vitro generated tolerogenic dendritic cells. Transpl Immunol. 2003, 11: 295-306. 10.1016/S0966-3274(03)00048-0.
Tiemessen MM, Jagger AL, Evans HG, van Herwijnen MJ, John S, Taams LS: CD4+CD25+Foxp3+ regulatory T cells induce alternative activation of human monocytes/macrophages. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2007, 104: 19446-19451. 10.1073/pnas.0706832104.
Ryan JM, Barry F, Murphy JM, Mahon BP: Interferon-gamma does not break, but promotes the immunosuppressive capacity of adult human mesenchymal stem cells. Clin Exp Immunol. 2007, 149: 353-363.
Ye Z, Wang Y, Xie HY, Zheng SS: Immunosuppressive effects of rat mesenchymal stem cells: involvement of CD4+CD25+ regulatory T cells. Hepatobiliary Pancreat Dis Int. 2008, 7: 608-614.
Askenasy N, Kaminitz A, Yarkoni S: Mechanisms of T regulatory cell function. Autoimmun Rev. 2008, 7: 370-375. 10.1016/j.autrev.2008.03.001.
Gonzalez-Rey E, Gonzalez MA, Varela N, O'Valle F, Hernandez-Cortes P, Rico L, Buscher D, Delgado M: Human adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells reduce inflammatory and T-cell responses and induce regulatory T cells in vitro in rheumatoid arthritis. Ann Rheum Dis. 2009,
Casiraghi F, Azzollini N, Cassis P, Imberti B, Morigi M, Cugini D, Cavinato RA, Todeschini M, Solini S, Sonzogni A, Perico N, Remuzzi G, Noris M: Pretransplant infusion of mesenchymal stem cells prolongs the survival of a semiallogeneic heart transplant through the generation of regulatory T cells. J Immunol. 2008, 181: 3933-3946.
Di Ianni M, Del Papa B, De Ioanni M, Moretti L, Bonifacio E, Cecchini D, Sportoletti P, Falzetti F, Tabilio A: Mesenchymal cells recruit and regulate T regulatory cells. Exp Hematol. 2008, 36: 309-318. 10.1016/j.exphem.2007.11.007.
Zannettino AC, Paton S, Arthur A, Khor F, Itescu S, Gimble JM, Gronthos S: Multipotential human adipose-derived stromal stem cells exhibit a perivascular phenotype in vitro and in vivo. J Cell Physiol. 2008, 214: 413-421. 10.1002/jcp.21210.
Hoogduijn MJ, Crop MJ, Peeters AM, Van Osch GJ, Balk AH, Ijzermans JN, Weimar W, Baan CC: Human heart, spleen, and perirenal fat-derived mesenchymal stem cells have immunomodulatory capacities. Stem Cells Dev. 2007, 16: 597-604. 10.1089/scd.2006.0110.
Chao KC, Chao KF, Fu YS, Liu SH: Islet-like clusters derived from mesenchymal stem cells in Wharton's Jelly of the human umbilical cord for transplantation to control type 1 diabetes. PLoS ONE. 2008, 3: e1451-10.1371/journal.pone.0001451.
Jo YY, Lee HJ, Kook SY, Choung HW, Park JY, Chung JH, Choung YH, Kim ES, Yang HC, Choung PH: Isolation and characterization of postnatal stem cells from human dental tissues. Tissue Eng. 2007, 13: 767-773. 10.1089/ten.2006.0192.
He Q, Wan C, Li G: Concise review: multipotent mesenchymal stromal cells in blood. Stem Cells. 2007, 25: 69-77. 10.1634/stemcells.2006-0335.
Djouad F, Charbonnier LM, Bouffi C, Louis-Plence P, Bony C, Apparailly F, Cantos C, Jorgensen C, Noel D: Mesenchymal stem cells inhibit the differentiation of dendritic cells through an interleukin-6-dependent mechanism. Stem Cells. 2007, 25: 2025-2032. 10.1634/stemcells.2006-0548.
English K, Barry FP, Mahon BP: Murine mesenchymal stem cells suppress dendritic cell migration, maturation and antigen presentation. Immunol Lett. 2008, 115: 50-58. 10.1016/j.imlet.2007.10.002.
Nemeth K, Leelahavanichkul A, Yuen PS, Mayer B, Parmelee A, Doi K, Robey PG, Leelahavanichkul K, Koller BH, Brown JM, Hu X, Jelinek I, Star RA, Mezey E: Bone marrow stromal cells attenuate sepsis via prostaglandin E(2)-dependent reprogramming of host macrophages to increase their interleukin-10 production. Nat Med. 2009, 15: 42-49. 10.1038/nm.1905.
LA Ortiz, Dutreil M, Fattman C, Pandey AC, Torres G, Go K, Phinney DG: Interleukin 1 receptor antagonist mediates the antiinflammatory and antifibrotic effect of mesenchymal stem cells during lung injury. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2007, 104: 11002-11007. 10.1073/pnas.0704421104.
Nasef A, Chapel A, Mazurier C, Bouchet S, Lopez M, Mathieu N, Sensebe L, Zhang Y, Gorin NC, Thierry D, Fouillard L: Identification of IL-10 and TGF-beta transcripts involved in the inhibition of T-lymphocyte proliferation during cell contact with human mesenchymal stem cells. Gene Expr. 2007, 13: 217-226. 10.3727/000000006780666957.
McIntosh K, Zvonic S, Garrett S, Mitchell JB, Floyd ZE, Hammill L, Kloster A, Di Halvorsen Y, Ting JP, Storms RW, Goh B, Kilroy G, Wu X, Gimble JM: The immunogenicity of human adipose-derived cells: temporal changes in vitro. Stem Cells. 2006, 24: 1246-1253. 10.1634/stemcells.2005-0235.
Karussis D, Kassis I: The potential use of stem cells in multiple sclerosis: an overview of the preclinical experience. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2008, 110: 889-896. 10.1016/j.clineuro.2008.02.008.
Zappia E, Casazza S, Pedemonte E, Benvenuto F, Bonanni I, Gerdoni E, Giunti D, Ceravolo A, Cazzanti F, Frassoni F, Mancardi G, Uccelli A: Mesenchymal stem cells ameliorate experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis inducing T-cell anergy. Blood. 2005, 106: 1755-1761. 10.1182/blood-2005-04-1496.
Boumaza I, Srinivasan S, Witt WT, Feghali-Bostwick C, Dai Y, Garcia-Ocana A, Feili-Hariri M: Autologous bone marrow-derived rat mesenchymal stem cells promote PDX-1 and insulin expression in the islets, alter T cell cytokine pattern and preserve regulatory T cells in the periphery and induce sustained normoglycemia. J Autoimmun. 2009, 32: 33-42. 10.1016/j.jaut.2008.10.004.
Zhou K, Zhang H, Jin O, Feng X, Yao G, Hou Y, Sun L: Transplantation of human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cell ameliorates the autoimmune pathogenesis in MRL/lpr mice. Cell Mol Immunol. 2008, 5: 417-424.
Parekkadan B, Tilles AW, Yarmush ML: Bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells ameliorate autoimmune enteropathy independently of regulatory T cells. Stem Cells. 2008, 26: 1913-1919. 10.1634/stemcells.2007-0790.
Arthur A, Zannettino A, Gronthos S: The therapeutic applications of multipotential mesenchymal/stromal stem cells in skeletal tissue repair. J Cell Physiol. 2009, 218: 237-245. 10.1002/jcp.21592.
Mishra PK: Bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells for treatment of heart failure: is it all paracrine actions and immunomodulation?. J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown). 2008, 9: 122-128.
Centeno CJ, Busse D, Kisiday J, Keohan C, Freeman M, Karli D: Increased knee cartilage volume in degenerative joint disease using percutaneously implanted, autologous mesenchymal stem cells. Pain Physician. 2008, 11: 343-353.
Katritsis D: Cellular replacement therapy for arrhythmia treatment: early clinical experience. J Interv Card Electrophysiol. 2008, 22: 99-105. 10.1007/s10840-008-9244-z.
Slavin S, Kurkalli BG, Karussis D: The potential use of adult stem cells for the treatment of multiple sclerosis and other neurodegenerative disorders. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2008, 110: 943-946. 10.1016/j.clineuro.2008.01.014.
Rosati G: The prevalence of multiple sclerosis in the world: an update. Neurol Sci. 2001, 22: 117-139. 10.1007/s100720170011.
Pittock SJ, Lucchinetti CF: The pathology of MS: new insights and potential clinical applications. Neurologist. 2007, 13: 45-56. 10.1097/01.nrl.0000253065.31662.37.
Saresella M, Marventano I, Longhi R, Lissoni F, Trabattoni D, Mendozzi L, Caputo D, Clerici M: CD4+CD25+FoxP3+PD1- regulatory T cells in acute and stable relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis and their modulation by therapy. FASEB J. 2008, 22: 3500-3508. 10.1096/fj.08-110650.
Korporal M, Haas J, Balint B, Fritzsching B, Schwarz A, Moeller S, Fritz B, Suri-Payer E, Wildemann B: Interferon beta-induced restoration of regulatory T-cell function in multiple sclerosis is prompted by an increase in newly generated naive regulatory T cells. Arch Neurol. 2008, 65: 1434-1439. 10.1001/archneur.65.11.1434.
Akirav EM, Bergman CM, Hill M, Ruddle NH: Depletion of CD4(+)CD25(+) T cells exacerbates experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis induced by mouse, but not rat, antigens. J Neurosci Res. 2009,
Reddy J, Illes Z, Zhang X, Encinas J, Pyrdol J, Nicholson L, Sobel RA, Wucherpfennig KW, Kuchroo VK: Myelin proteolipid protein-specific CD4+CD25+ regulatory cells mediate genetic resistance to experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2004, 101: 15434-15439. 10.1073/pnas.0404444101.
Gregg C, Shikar V, Larsen P, Mak G, Chojnacki A, Yong VW, Weiss S: White matter plasticity and enhanced remyelination in the maternal CNS. J Neurosci. 2007, 27: 1812-1823. 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4441-06.2007.
Penner IK, Kappos L, Rausch M, Opwis K, Radu EW: Therapy-induced plasticity of cognitive functions in MS patients: insights from fMRI. J Physiol Paris. 2006, 99: 455-462. 10.1016/j.jphysparis.2006.03.008.
Nait-Oumesmar B, Picard-Riera N, Kerninon C, Decker L, Seilhean D, Hoglinger GU, Hirsch EC, Reynolds R, Baron-Van Evercooren A: Activation of the subventricular zone in multiple sclerosis: evidence for early glial progenitors. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2007, 104: 4694-4699. 10.1073/pnas.0606835104.
Kassis I, Grigoriadis N, Gowda-Kurkalli B, Mizrachi-Kol R, Ben-Hur T, Slavin S, Abramsky O, Karussis D: Neuroprotection and immunomodulation with mesenchymal stem cells in chronic experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis. Arch Neurol. 2008, 65: 753-761. 10.1001/archneur.65.6.753.
Bai L, Lennon DP, Eaton V, Maier K, Caplan AI, Miller SD, Miller RH: Human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells induce Th2-polarized immune response and promote endogenous repair in animal models of multiple sclerosis. Glia. 2009,
Mohyeddin Bonab M, Yazdanbakhsh S, Lotfi J, Alimoghaddom K, Talebian F, Hooshmand F, Ghavamzadeh A, Nikbin B: Does mesenchymal stem cell therapy help multiple sclerosis patients? Report of a pilot study. Iran J Immunol. 2007, 4: 50-57.
We thank Victoria Dardov, Rosalia De Necochea Campion, Florica Batu, and Boris Markosian for stimulating discussions.
Thomas E Ichim and Neil H Riordan are management and shareholders of Medistem Inc, a company that has filed intellectual property on the use of adipose stromal vascular fraction cells for immune modulation.
All authors read and approved the final manuscript. NHR, TEI, WPM, HW, FS, FL, MA, JPR, RJH, ANP, MPM, RRL and BM conceived experiments, interpreted data, and wrote the manuscript.
About this article
Cite this article
Riordan, N.H., Ichim, T.E., Min, W. et al. Non-expanded adipose stromal vascular fraction cell therapy for multiple sclerosis. J Transl Med 7, 29 (2009) doi:10.1186/1479-5876-7-29
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Mesenchymal Stem Cell
- Multiple Sclerosis Patient
- Treg Cell
- Experimental Allergic Encephalomyelitis