Efficient cell transplantation combining injectable hydrogels with control release of growth factors

Ryo Mitsui, Makoto Matsukawa, Kiyoko Nakagawa, Emiko Isomura, Toshie, M. Kuwahara, Teruki Nii, Susumu Tanaka, Yasuhiko Tabata

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The objective of this study is to investigate the effect of gelatin microspheres incorporating growth factors on the therapeutic efficacy in cell transplantation. The strength of this study is to combine gelatin hydrogel microspheres incorporating basic fibroblast growth factor and platelet growth factor mixture (GM/GF) with bioabsorbable injectable hydrogels (iGel) for transplantation of adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs).

The rats ASCs suspended in various solutions were transplanted in masseter muscle. Rats were euthanized 2, 7, 14 days after injection for measurement of the number of ASCs retention in the muscle and morphological evaluation of muscle fibers and the inflammation of the injected tissue by histologic and immunofluorescent stain.

Following the injection into the skeletal muscle, the GM/GF allowed the growth factors to release at the injection site over one week. When ASCs were transplanted into skeletal muscle using iGel incorporating GM/GF (iGel+GM/GF), the number of cells grafted was significantly high compared with other control groups. Moreover, for the groups to which GM/GF was added, the cells transplanted survived, and the Myo-D expression of a myoblast marker was observed at the region of cells transplanted.

The growth factors released for a long time likely enhance the proliferative and differentiative capacity of cells. The simple combination with iGel and GM/GF allowed ASCs to enhance their survival at the injected site and consequently achieve improved therapeutic efficacy in cell transplantation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)372-383
Number of pages12
JournalRegenerative Therapy
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021


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