May 13, 2020

Subcutaneous transplantation of bone marrow derived stem cells in macroencapsulation device for treating diabetic rats; clinically transplantable site

Sawsan M El-HalawaniMohamed A Ghoneim


Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a serious, chronic and epidemic disease. Its effective therapy with exogenous insulin places an overwhelming burden on the patient's lifestyle. Moreover, pancreatic islet transplantation is limited by the scarceness of donors and the need for chronic immunosuppression. Cell-based therapy is considered an alternative source of insulin-producing cells (IPCs); encapsulating such cellular grafts in immunoisolating devices would protect the graft from immune attack without the need for immunosuppression. Herein, we investigate the ability of TheraCyte capsule as an immunoisolating device to promote the maturation of differentiated rat bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs), transplanted subcutaneously to treat diabetic rats in comparison with intratesticular transplantation. Rat BM-MSC were differentiated into IPCs, and either encapsulated in TheraCyte capsules for subcutaneous transplantation or transplanted intratesticular into diabetic rats. Serum insulin, C-peptide & blood glucose levels of transplanted animals were monitored. Retrieved cells were further characterized by immunofluorescence staining and gene expression analysis. Differentiated rat BM-MSC were able to produce insulin in vit...Continue Reading

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Bone Marrow
Mesenchymal Stromal Cells
Monitoring - Action
Gene Expression
Blood Glucose
Stem Cells

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