Novel mesenchymal stem cell delivery system as targeted therapy against neuroblastoma using the TH-MYCN mouse model

Junnosuke Maniwa, Shigehisa Fumino, Koseki Kimura, Tomoko Tanaka, Mayumi Higashi, Tsunao Kishida, Osam Mazda, Tatsuro Tajiri

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Purpose: Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are reported to migrate toward damaged tissues or tumors. We previously reported the in vivo short-term (1 day) tumor-homing effect of xenogeneic human MSCs (hMSCs) using the TH-MYCN mouse neuroblastoma model (MYCN-TgM). In this study, we analyzed the long-term tumor-homing effect of allogeneic mouse MSCs (mMSCs) and explored the antitumor effect and drug delivery function of mMSCs. Methods: mMSCs were administered intraperitoneally (i.p.) to MYCN-TgM and traced by an in vivo imaging system (IVIS). We administered green fluorescent protein (GFP)-transduced mMSCs into MYCN-TgM i.p. and examined the cell survival by immunohistochemistry. We also administered interferon beta-transduced mMSCs (mMSCs-IFN-β) to MYCN-TgM i.p. and measured the concentration of IFN-β in the tumor and organs by an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). The survival curves of MYCN-TgM administered every week was analyzed. Results: The IVIS revealed the accumulation of fluorescence was observed in the tumor both in vivo and after excision. Immunohistochemistry using anti-GFP antibody revealed that the mMSCs existed within the tumor until 14 days but not in the organs. The ELISA showed increased concentrations of IFN-β only in the tumors, with the values gradually diminishing over 14 days. The mMSCs-IFN-β group survived significantly longer than the control group (p < 0.03), while the mMSCs-alone group did not show a survival advantage. Conclusions: Allogeneic mMSCs showed a homing ability for mouse neuroblastoma and existed within the tumor for as long as two weeks. This may be a candidate drug delivery vehicle for antitumor agents against neuroblastoma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2600-2605
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Pediatric Surgery
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Surgery


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