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Mesenchymal Stem Cells derived from Wharton's Jelly of the Umbilical Cord: biological properties and emerging clinical applications.
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PMID:  23279098     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
In the recent years there seems to be an unbounded interest concerning mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). This is mainly attributed to their exciting characteristics including long-term ex vivo proliferation, multilineage potential and immunomodulatory properties. In this regard MSCs emerge as attractive candidates for various therapeutic applications. MSCs were originally isolated from the bone marrow (BM) and this population is still considered as the gold standard for MSC applications. Nevertheless the BM has several limitations as source of MSCs, including MSC low frequency in this compartment, the painful isolation procedure and the decline in MSC characteristics with donor's age. Thus, there is accumulating interest in identifying alternative sources for MSCs. To this end MSCs obtained from the Wharton's Jelly (WJ) of umbilical cords (UC) have gained much attention over the last years since they can be easily isolated, without any ethical concerns, from a tissue which is discarded after birth. Furthermore WJ-derived MSCs represent a more primitive population than their adult counterparts, opening new perspectives for cell-based therapies. In this review we will at first give an overview of the biology of WJ-derived UC-MSCs. Then their potential application for the treatment of cancer and immune mediated disorders, such graft versus host disease (GVHD) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) will be discussed, and finally their putative role as feeder layer for ex vivo hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) expansion will be pointed out.
Aristea K Batsali; Maria- Christina Kastrinaki; Helen A Papadaki; Charalampos Pontikoglou
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-12-31
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current stem cell research & therapy     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1574-888X     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr Stem Cell Res Ther     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
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Created Date:  2013-1-2     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101272517     Medline TA:  Curr Stem Cell Res Ther     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Hematology, University Hospital of Heraklion, P.O. Box 1352, Heraklion, Crete, Greece.
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