Local transplantation of ex vivo expanded bone marrow-derived CD34-positive cells accelerates fracture healing.

Kawakami Y, Ii M, Alev C, Kawamoto A, Matsumoto T, Kuroda R, Shoji T, Fukui T, Masuda H, Akimaru H, Mifune Y, Kuroda T, Horii M, Yokoyama A, Kurosaka M, Asahara T
Source: Cell Transplant
Publication Date: (2012)
Issue: 21(12): 2689-709
Research Area:
Immunotherapy / Hematology
Basic Research
Cells used in publication:
CD34+ cell, human
Species: human
Tissue Origin: blood
Transplantation of bone marrow (BM) CD34(+) cells, an endothelial/hematopoietic progenitor-enriched cell population, has shown therapeutic efficiency in the treatment of ischemic diseases enhancing neovascularization. However, the number of CD34(+) cells obtained from bone marrow is not sufficient for routine clinical application. To overcome this issue, we developed a more efficient and clinically applicable CD34(+) cell expansion method. Seven-day ex vivo expansion culture of BM CD34(+) cells with a cocktail of five growth factors containing VEGF, SCF, IL-6, Flt-3 ligand, and TPO resulted in reproducible more than 20-fold increase in cell number. The favorable effect of the local transplantation of culture expanded (cEx)-BM CD34(+) cells on rat unhealing fractures was equivalent or higher than that of nonexpanded (fresh) BM CD34(+) cells exhibiting sufficient therapeutic outcome with frequent vasculogenic/osteogenic differentiation of transplanted cEx-BM CD34(+) cells and fresh BM CD34(+) cells as well as intrinsic enhancement of angiogenesis/osteogenesis at the treated fracture sites. Specifically, cEx-BM CD34(+) cell treatment demonstrated the best blood flow recovery at fracture sites compared with the nonexpanded BM CD34(+) cells. In vitro, cEx-BM CD34(+) cells showed higher colony/tube-forming capacity than nonexpanded BM CD34(+) cells. Both cells demonstrated differentiation potential into osteoblasts. Since fresh BM CD34(+) cells can be easily collected from fracture sites at the time of primary operation and stored for future use, autologous cEx-BM CD34(+) cell transplantation would be not only a simple but also a promising therapeutic strategy for unhealing fractures in the field of orthopedic trauma surgery.