Mesenchymal stem cells isolated from peripheral blood and umbilical cord Wharton's Jelly

Drenka Trivanović, Jelena Kocić, Slavko Mojsilović, Aleksandra Krstić, Vesna Ilić, Ivana Okić Djordjević, Juan Francisco Santibanez, Gordana Jovčić, Milan Terzić, Diana Bugarski

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Introduction Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are a promising tool for regenerative medicine, but due to the heterogeneity of their populations, different sources and isolation techniques, the characteristics defining MSCs are inconsistent. Objective The aim of this study was to compare the characteristics of MSCs derived from two different human tissues: peripheral blood (PB-MSCs) and umbilical cord Wharton's Jelly (UC-MSCs). Methods The PB-MSC and UC-MSC were isolated by adherence to plastic after gradient-density separation or an explant culture method, respectively, and compared regarding their morphology, clonogenic efficiency, proliferating rates, immunophenotype and differentiation potential. Results MSCs derived from both sources exhibit similar morphology, proliferation capacity and multilineage (osteogenic, chondrogenic, adipogenic and myogenic) differentiation potential. Differences were observed in the clonogenic capacity and the immunophenotype, since UC-MSCs showed higher CFU-F (colony-forming units-fibroblastic) cloning efficiency, as well as higher embryonic markers (Nanog, Sox2, SSEA4) expression. When additional surface antigens were analyzed by flow cytometry (CD44, CD90, CD105, CD33, CD34, CD45, CD11b, CD235a) or immunofluorescent labeling (vimentin, STRO-1 and α-smooth muscle actin), most appeared to have similar epitope profiles irrespective of MSC source. Conclusion The results obtained demonstrated that both MSCs represent good alternative sources of adult MSCs that could be used in cell therapy applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)178-186
Number of pages9
JournalSrpski Arhiv Za Celokupno Lekarstvo
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2013


  • Characterization
  • Mesenchymal stem cells
  • Peripheral blood
  • Umbilical cord

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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