Higher chondrogenic potential of fibrous synovium– and adipose synovium–derived cells compared with subcutaneous fat–derived cells: Distinguishing properties of mesenchymal stem cells in humans
Article first published online: 28 FEB 2006
Copyright © 2006 by the American College of Rheumatology
Arthritis & Rheumatism
Volume 54, Issue 3, pages 843–853, March 2006
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Mochizuki, T., Muneta, T., Sakaguchi, Y., Nimura, A., Yokoyama, A., Koga, H. and Sekiya, I. (2006), Higher chondrogenic potential of fibrous synovium– and adipose synovium–derived cells compared with subcutaneous fat–derived cells: Distinguishing properties of mesenchymal stem cells in humans. Arthritis & Rheumatism, 54: 843–853. doi: 10.1002/art.21651
- Issue published online: 28 FEB 2006
- Article first published online: 28 FEB 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 21 NOV 2005
- Manuscript Received: 27 MAY 2005
- Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. Grant Numbers: 16591478, 16591477
- Japan Orthopaedics and Traumatology Foundation
- Japan Sports Medicine Foundation
- Japan Latest Osteoarthritis Society
- Center of Excellence Program for Frontier Research on Molecular Destruction and Reconstruction of Tooth and Bone in Tokyo Medical and Dental University
- Nakatomi Foundation
Mesenchymal stem cells from synovium have a greater proliferation and chondrogenic potential than do those from bone marrow, periosteum, fat, and muscle. This study was undertaken to compare fibrous synovium and adipose synovium (components of the synovium with subsynovium) to determine which is a more suitable source for mesenchymal stem cells, especially for cartilage regeneration, and to examine the features of adipose synovium–derived cells, fibrous synovium–derived cells, and subcutaneous fat–derived cells to determine their similarities.
Human fibrous synovium, adipose synovium, and subcutaneous fat were harvested from 4 young donors and 4 elderly donors. After digestion, the nucleated cells were plated at a density considered proper to expand at a maximum rate without colony-to-colony contact. The surface epitopes, proliferative capacity, cloning efficiency, and chondrogenic, osteogenic, and adipogenic differentiation potentials of the cells were compared.
Fibrous synovium– and adipose synovium–derived cells were higher in STRO-1 and CD106 and lower in CD10 compared with subcutaneous fat–derived cells. Cells derived from fibrous and adipose synovium had higher proliferative potential and colony-forming efficiency compared with subcutaneous fat–derived cells, both in mixed-population and in single-cell–derived cultures. In chondrogenic assays, pellets from fibrous synovium– and adipose synovium–derived cells produced more cartilage matrix than did cell pellets from subcutaneous fat. Osteogenic ability was also higher in fibrous synovium– and adipose synovium–derived cells, whereas adipogenic potential was nearly indistinguishable among the 3 populations. Differentiation potential of the cells was similar between young and elderly donors.
Cells derived from the fibrous synovium and from the adipose synovium demonstrate comparable chondrogenic potential. Adipose synovium–derived cells are more similar to fibrous synovium–derived cells than to subcutaneous fat–derived cells.