The challenges and promises of allogeneic mesenchymal stem cells for use as a cell-based therapy

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© 2015 Zhang et al. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are ideal for cell-based therapy in various inflammatory diseases because of their immunosuppressive and tissue repair properties. Moreover, their immunosuppressive properties and low immunogenicity contribute to a reduced or weakened immune response elicited by the implantation of allogeneic MSCs compared with other cell types. Therefore, implantation of allogeneic MSCs may be a promising cell-based therapy. In this review, we first summarize the unique advantages of allogeneic MSCs for therapeutic applications. Second, we critically analyze the factors influencing their therapeutic effects, including administration routes, detection time-points, disease models, differentiation of MSCs in vivo, and timing and dosage of MSC administration. Finally, current approaches to allogeneic MSC application are discussed. In conclusion, allogeneic MSCs are a promising option because of their low immunogenicity and immunosuppressive and tissue repair capabilities. Further investigations are needed to enhance the consistency and efficacy of MSCs when used as a cell-based therapy in inflammatory diseases as well as for tissue repair.




Zhang, J., Huang, X., Wang, H., Liu, X., Zhang, T., Wang, Y., & Hu, D. (2015, December 1). The challenges and promises of allogeneic mesenchymal stem cells for use as a cell-based therapy. Stem Cell Research and Therapy. BioMed Central Ltd.

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