Isolation of multipotent mesenchymal stem cells from umbilical cord blood

Oscar K. Lee, Tom K. Kuo, Wei Ming Chen, Kuan Der Lee, Shie Liang Hsieh, Tain Hsiung Chen

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Abstract

It is well accepted that umbilical cord blood has been a source for hematopoletic stem cells. However, controversy exists as to whether cord blood can serve as a source of mesenchymal stem cells, which can differentiate into cells of different connective tissue lineages such as bone, cartilage, and fat, and little success has been reported in the literature about the isolation of such cells from cord blood. Here we report a novel method to obtain single cell-derived, clonally expanded mesenchymal stem cells that are of multi-lineage differentiation potential by negative immunoselection and limiting dilution. The immunophenotype of these clonally expanded cells is consistent with that reported for bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells. Under appropriate induction conditions, these cells can differentiate into bone, cartilage, and fat. Surprisingly, these cells were also able to differentiate into neuroglial- and hepatocyte-like cells under appropriate induction conditions and, thus, these cells may be more than mesenchymal stem cells as evidenced by their ability to differentiate into cell types of all 3 germ layers. In conclusion, umbilical cord blood does contain mesenchymal stem cells and should not be regarded as medical waste. It can serve as an alternative source of mesenchymal stem cells to bone marrow.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1669-1675
Number of pages7
JournalBlood
Volume103
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2004

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Multipotent Stem Cells
Stem cells
Mesenchymal Stromal Cells
Fetal Blood
Blood
Bone
Cartilage
Medical Waste
Bone Marrow
Fats
Connective Tissue Cells
Bone and Bones
Germ Layers
Cell Separation
Cell Lineage
Dilution
Hepatocytes
Stem Cells
Tissue

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  • Biochemistry
  • Immunology
  • Hematology
  • Cell Biology

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Lee, O. K., Kuo, T. K., Chen, W. M., Lee, K. D., Hsieh, S. L., & Chen, T. H. (2004). Isolation of multipotent mesenchymal stem cells from umbilical cord blood. Blood, 103(5), 1669-1675. https://doi.org/10.1182/blood-2003-05-1670

Isolation of multipotent mesenchymal stem cells from umbilical cord blood. / Lee, Oscar K.; Kuo, Tom K.; Chen, Wei Ming; Lee, Kuan Der; Hsieh, Shie Liang; Chen, Tain Hsiung.

In: Blood, Vol. 103, No. 5, 01.03.2004, p. 1669-1675.

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Lee, OK, Kuo, TK, Chen, WM, Lee, KD, Hsieh, SL & Chen, TH 2004, 'Isolation of multipotent mesenchymal stem cells from umbilical cord blood', Blood, vol. 103, no. 5, pp. 1669-1675. https://doi.org/10.1182/blood-2003-05-1670
Lee, Oscar K. ; Kuo, Tom K. ; Chen, Wei Ming ; Lee, Kuan Der ; Hsieh, Shie Liang ; Chen, Tain Hsiung. / Isolation of multipotent mesenchymal stem cells from umbilical cord blood. In: Blood. 2004 ; Vol. 103, No. 5. pp. 1669-1675.
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