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Mobilized Mesenchymal Stem Cells for Tissue Engineering in Preclinical Models
Landa-Solis C, Olivos-Meza A, Ortega-Sanchez, Olivos-Diaz B, Velasquillo-Martínez C and Ibarra C*
National Rehabilitation Institute, Mexico City, Mexico
*Corresponding author: Jose Clemente Ibarra-Ponce de Leon, National Rehabilitation Institute of Mexico,Mexico City, Mexico. 14389, Phone number: +52 55 5999 1000; ext: 19607/19609; E-mail: @
Received: August 08, 2015; Accepted: November 25, 2015; Published: January 04, 2016
Citation: Landa-Solis C, Olivos-Meza A, Ortega-Sanchez, Olivos-Diaz B, Velasquillo-Martinez C, et al. (2016) Mobilized mesenchymal stem cells for tissue engineering in preclinical models. Int J Vaccine Res 1(1): 5. DOI:
Background: Mesenchymal Stem Cells obtained from bone marrow are an alternative source of cells for tissue engineering. More studies are done with Mobilized Peripheral Blood Cells (MPBMSC) due to their plasticity on being able to be differentiated in mesenchymal tissues.

Objective:The objective of this study was to standarize the mobilization, isolation, and characterization process of mesenchymal stem cells obtained from peripheral blood in an animal model. Methods: Four Suffolk sheep with ages of 2 years were mobilized using granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF). Administration dose was 10mg per kilogram of body weight, applied in subcutaneous area every 24 hours, in three consecutive days. The mobilized cells were characterized by an antibody panel for surface markers (CD105, CD90, CD73, CD34, and CD45) and cultured in monolayer during 3 weeks.

Results: All population of leucocytes cells have similar behavior during day 1 to day 4. We observed an improvement of populations at day 2 with maximum elevation at day 3 and decline at day 4 in the mobilized peripheral blood. Plastic adhesion and fibroblastic like morphology was observed in mobilized cells.

Conclusions: Is feasible to increase the mesenchymal stem cells number in peripheral blood with the three day administration of G-CSF. Isolated cells expressed the characteristic markers of mesenchymal stem cells by flow citometry.

Keywords: Mobilized peripheral blood, Mesenchymal stem cells, Tissue enginering.
Multipotent stem cells have the potential to differentiate into different lineages and may be the better source for tissue regeneration. Bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) have emerged as a clinically relevant cell source for regenerative medicine, especially for cartilage repair, and also those cells have been suggested as a substitute for chondrocytes because of their signifcant proliferative and regenerative capacity. However, this cell source is problematic because of the morbidity and procedure risks. Fistable, this requires an extra surgycal procedure to harvest the bone marrow (BM) from the iliac crest. Second, pain is a residual symptom that could remain after procedure. To solve those problems, the advent of new sources of stem cells that offer high plasticity to repair different tissues with less invasive procedures is required. These have given rise to investigators turning toward the obtention of Mobilized Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MMSC) from Bone Marrow toward Peripheral Blood (PB) by means of treatment with the Granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) [1,2].

The effect is based on the negative modulation of Vascular adhesion surface molecule 1 (VCAM-1) and of nestin inhibition[3] in nestin-positive Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC)[4], localized in the vascular compartment of the BM niche. This mechanism favoring their release from the niche and their migration through intramedullary space toward the peripheral circulation, where obtaining these is easily accessible and less painful in comparison with iliac crest puncture [5,6].

When mobilization occurs, two cell populations have been identified: Mobilized Hematopoietic Stem Cells (MHSC)[7] and Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MMSC)[8]. Mobilized hematopoietic stem cells have been characterized by means of surface markers such as CD133+, CD45+, CD34+, and CD38‒ [9,10], while mobilized mesenchymal stem cells are positive to CD105+, CD90+, CD73+, CD34‒, and CD45 surface markers[9,11-13]. For the case of MMSC, their plasticity has been demonstrated on being differentiated in adipocytes, chondrocytes, and osteocytes[9,14-15].

The cell plasticity described for populations of MMSC possesses a good option for the development of new technology in animal models for tissue repair. Sheep due to its anatomical similarity with the human knee joint[16], is the ideal model for development of novel technology based on MMSC for the repair of damage such as cartilage lesions. Thus, the characterization of MMSC in culture in vitro is crucial for establishing a cellular differentiation model in sheep. Therefore, in the present work, we decided to characterize the effect of the culture in vitro on SC isolated from MPB in sheep by means of an antibody panel for the surface markers of Mesenchymal (MSC) and Hematopoietic stem cells (HSC). The aim of this study is to stablish a preclinical model of mobilization technique with the possibility to translate this procedure to humans.
Characteristics of the sheep's
For this study, we employed four male Suffolk sheep, weighing between 60 and 70 kg. Animals were stabled in the area designed for their adequate stay at the animal facility. Management of the sheep was developed establishing the clinical history of each sheep, describing in detail their state of health and body condition; these data was established on their admittance into the animal facility. All animals received human care in compliance with the "Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals" published by the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health publication no.85-23, revised 1985)".
Care and management of the sheep's
For this study, we employed two male Suffolk sheep, weighing between 100 and 110 kg. Animals were stabled in the area designed for their adequate stay at the animal facility. Management of the sheep was developed establishing the clinical history of each sheep, describing in detail their state of health and body condition; these data was established on their admittance into the animal facility. All animals received human care in compliance with the "Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals" published by the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health publication no.85-23, revised 1985)".
Bone marrow obtention
For obtaining the bone marrow (MB) we used the a dose of acepromazine 0.1 mg / kg intra-venously (IV) as preanesthesia, following we using propofol with an anesthetic of short duration, at an initial dose of 1 mg / kg of weight by IV. The state of anesthesia it deepened by the continued administration of propofol at the same dose throughout the procedure. No discomfort in the animals was observed during proceeding. Jugular groove area was shaved; antisepsis of the area was conducted (with a solution of iodine and 70% ethyl alcohol, washing 3 times). A 16G needle gauge taking into account the volume of the sample was collected (20 mL) was used for phlebotomy. The sample was poured into 4 sterile tubes 12 x 75 mm with heparin. All the tubes were gently shaking before sending them to the laboratory for processing. After taking MPB sample, the sheep returns to his yard where it is monitored by the animal facility staff until recovery and received for three days with a dose of diclofenac sodium 5mg / kg dose of body weight every 12 hours.
Cell mobilization from bone marrow to peripheral blood.
At two months after to BM obtention, each animal received three daily injections of G-CSF (Filgrastim; Amgen, Thousand Oaks, CA, USA) at a dose of 10 μg/kg Body weight. At day-four, Mobilized Peripheral Blood (MPB), was harvested from the jugular vein with a 20 ml syringe previously heparinized (100 IU/mL).

In order to observe the behavior of leukocytes, granulocytes, monocytes, and lymphocytes a blood count control was performed from day 1 to day 4.
Isolation of mononuclear cells from BM and MPB.
The mononuclear cells present in BM and MPB, were separated by means of the concentration gradient according to the following procedure: in a laminar flow hood (Forma Scientific), and each sample was placed in polypropylene tubes (50-mL capacity) for their centrifugation. Later, we carried out a 1:2 dilution with phosphate buffer solution (PBS) (Gibco Invitrogen), added with antibiotics/antimycotics at 1%, Penicillin 10,000 UI, Streptomycin 10,000 μg. We prepared 15 mL of Ficoll Paque (Amersham Biosciences, Piscataway, NJ, USA) in sterile, 50-mL polypropylene tubes (cat. #CLS430829, Corning) and added 25 mL of the sample diluted in blood and PBS, utilizing the greatest care not to break the surface tension, in order to have a final volume of 40 mL. Later, this was centrifuged at 300 g for 35 min. Before to Isolation the mononuclear cells and after centrifuging these, we took the fraction of mononuclear cells and we produced 1×105 cells aliquots for characterization by flow cytometry (FC) and the mononuclear cells for primary culture (PC).
Characterization by flow cytometry
For the establish their immunophenotype, we used a aliquot of 2.5×104 cells in 100 μL of PBS with 5 μL of the antibody suspension and were left to incubate for 30 min at 4ºC. The monoclonal antibodies applied were CD34, CD45, CD90, CD117, CD73, CD166, CD105 y CD47 all from BD Pharmigen (California, USA). The samples and or unlabelled controls were included for each antibody and used to set the electronic gates on the flow cytometer. All data were obtained in a BD FACSCalibur flow cytometer and analyzed by Cell Quest PRO software (Becton Dickinson, USA) with a mean of 20,000 events.
Culture of the stem cells
An aliquot of 2.5×104 mononuclear cells were isolated from each of the BM and MPB was cultured, we used for the cell culture Dulbecco’s Modified Eagle’s Medium (DMEM; Gibco- Life Technologies, USA) enriched with 20% adult sheep serum (SBA; BIO-WEST), which was added at 1% with the antibioticantimycotic (Gibco-Life Technologies), maintained in culture in an incubator at 37°C with 5% of CO2, in culture flasks of 25 cm2 for 3 weeks period until reaching 90% confluence.
Statistical Analysis
All data are expressed as mean and standard deviations (SD). Statistical analysis was performed with STATISTICA StatSoft v7 data analysis program. The results were compared with the entire cell surface markers expressed (CD34, CD90, CD117, CD73, CD105, CD 166 and CD47), direct from de MPB, after to isolation to mononuclear cells and three weeks of adherent cells in primary culture.
All population of leucocytes cells has similar behavior during day 1 to day 4. We observed an improvement of populations at day 2 with maximum elevation at day 3 and decline at day 4 in the mobilized peripheral blood (Fig. 1).
Figure 1: Behavior of the different populations of white cells during treatment with G-CSF in sheep.
From the 20-mL sample of BM we obtained a mean of 49× 106 ± 1.30 mononuclear cells and from MPB we obtained at day-4 after the first dose of G-CSF, a mean of 16.6 × 106 ± 0.18 mononuclear cells we obtained. After 2-weeks of primary culture (PC) of the mononuclear cells, two layers of cells in the same dish culture we observed: the first layer adhered in the bottom of the dish plate comprised cells with elongated morphology that were positive for immunofluorescence at PB-MSC markers (CD73+, CD90+, and CD105+) while the second population, adhered over the first monolayer, had a rounded morphology and was positive for PB-HSC markers and mature hematopoietic cells (CD34+ and CD45, respectively) respectively. At week 3 of PC, the predominant cellular morphology was fibroblastoid (Fig. 2).

The result obtained for the whole blood immunophenotype at day-4 with G-CFS was the following: CD34: 1.3% ± 1.2; CD45: 1.4% ± 0.5; CD73: 1% ± 0.7; CD90: 4.0% ± 2.0, and CD105: 0.7% ± 0.2. The immunophenotype obtained after separation of the mononuclear cells with Ficoll was as follows: CD34: 5.9% ± 1.7; CD45: 5.5% ± 1.4; CD73: 4.0% ± 1; CD90: 3.9% ± 1.5, and CD105: 4.4% ± 1.6, and at three weeks of PC, the immunotype obtained was the following: CD34: 2.4% ± 0.3; CD45: 4.1% ± 2.1; CD73: 27.2% ± 0.3; CD90: 47.4% ± 1.3, and CD105: 43.4% ± 3.7 (Fig. 3).

Comparing the means with the Mann-Whitney U test from the superficial marker readings of the sample of whole blood compared with mononuclear cells isolated by means of the Ficoll gradient, an increase in the counts without statistical significance was observed. However, comparing the means from separation with the Ficoll gradient versus cells in PC after 3weeks, we found a statistically significant increase for PB-MSC markers of CD73, CD90, and CD105, and a statistically significant diminution for mature hematopoietic cell markers and PB-HSC (CD45 and CD34), respectively.
We observed that mononuclear cells isolated with Ficoll from MPB in sheep that got adhered to the plastic at week-2 of culture acquired fibroblast-like morphology in addition to positivity for markers CD73+, CD90+, and CD105+, which have been described as MSC markers. These markers have been found in MSC isolated in diverse tissues, such as Bone marrow (BM) [17], follicular ovarian cells[18], adipose tissue[19], umbilical cord cells[20], dental pulp [21], amniotic fluid[22], and corneal limbus[23]. MSC are present in a great part of the tissues in adult individuals with the function of regenerating the different cells of the organism[24]. The presence of MSC in such varied tissues speaks to the capacity of MSC to adapt to diverse conditions of supplying nutrients that, according to the case in which they are localized, can be of high nutrient content, such as in the corneal limbus. In our work, we employed a standard culture medium (Dulbecco’s modified Eagle’s medium [DMEM]) supplemented only with adult sheep serum, and we demonstrated that even under this basis nutrient condition for MSC isolated from MPB (CD90+ at culture initiation, 3.9%, and at week 3 of culture, 47.4%), they are capable of growing and proliferating in comparison with PB-HSC that, at week 3 of culture, only 2.4% of CD34+ achieved adaptation (Figure 3). It has been described that the culture of HSC is carried out under suspension due to their poor adherence to the surface of the culture in vitro[25,26]; however, it was reported that in umbilical cord-isolated stem cells, there is a population of CD34+/CD45+ cells that do not present the fibroblastoid morphology characteristic of MSC and that they proliferate in two-dimensional cultures on the monolayer formed by adhered MSC, deriving from umbilical cord blood. The latter cellular population (CD34+/CD45+) has been identified as endothelial cell precursors, due to that endothelial and hematopoietic cell possess a bipotent progenitor in common,
Figure 2: Representative visible-light microscopy fotomicrographs showing cells isolated from BM (A), first week in cell culture, (B) tree week in cell culture and MPB (C), first week in cell culture and (D), tree week in cell culture.
Figure 3: Immunophenotype comparation of isolated mesenchymal stem cells from Bone Marrow and Mobilized Peripheral Blood at harvesting day and at 3 weeks of cell culturing.
denominated the hemangioblast, localized at the embrionary level in the caudal mesoderm[27,28]. According to our results, we suppose that this CD34+/CD45+ population of endothelial precursor cells is found present in our cultures at a minimal proportion of <2.4%, proliferating on the PB-MSC monolayer.

Our results indicate that it is feasible to isolate a PB-MSC population employing a standard culture medium supplemented only with adult sheep serum, and that PB-MSC obtained possess, according with the expressed immunophenotype.
It is feasible to isolate MSC from MPB and to expand them in vitro without the need of culture media and specialized highcost cellular isolation systems. This model can be employed in the field of Orthopedics for the development of novel technology in the regeneration of joint cartilage.
This work is supported by the Mexican Council of Science grant (CONACyT) SALUD-2011-1-241 162387, PDCPN-2013-01-215138; Technology, Science and Innovation Secretary Grants: SECITI 242 079 BIS/2013 and SECITI/INR/ GOB-25/2013.
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