Reference : Mesenchymal stromal cells : a new tool against graft-versus-host disease ?
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Human health sciences : Hematology
Mesenchymal stromal cells : a new tool against graft-versus-host disease ?
Baron, Frédéric mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > > GIGA-R : Hématologie >]
Storb, Rainer [> >]
Biology of Blood & Marrow Transplantation
Carden Jennings Publishing
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[en] mesenchymal stromal cells ; MSC ; graft-versus-host disease ; GVHD ; allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation
[en] Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) represent a heterogeneous subset of multipotent cells that can be isolated from several tissues including bone marrow and fat. MSCs exhibit immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory properties that prompted their clinical use as prevention and/or treatment for severe graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). Although a number of phase I-II studies have suggested that MSCs infusion was safe and might be effective for preventing or treating acute GVHD, definitive proof for their efficacy remains lacking thus far. Multicenter randomized studies are ongoing to more precisely assess the impact of MSCs infusion on GVHD prevention/treatment, whereas further research is performed in vitro and in animal models with the aims of determining the best way to expand MSCs ex vivo as well as the most efficient dose and schedule of MSCs administration. After introducing GVHD, MSC biology, and results of MSCs infusion in animal models of allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation, this article reviews the results of the first clinical trials investigating the use of MSCs infusion as prevention or treatment of GVHD.

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