Replicative senescence of mesenchymal stem cells: a continuous and organized process.

Authors: Wagner W; Horn P; Castoldi M; Diehlmann A; Bork S; Saffrich R; Benes V; Blake J; Pfister S; Eckstein V; Ho AD

Abstract: Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) comprise a promising tool for cellular therapy. These cells are usually culture expanded prior to their application. However, a precise molecular definition of MSC and the sequel of long-term in vitro culture are yet unknown. In this study, we have addressed the impact of replicative senescence on human MSC preparations. Within 43 to 77 days of cultivation (7 to 12 passages), MSC demonstrated morphological abnormalities, enlargement, attenuated expression of specific surface markers, and ultimately proliferation arrest. Adipogenic differentiation potential decreased whereas the propensity for osteogenic differentiation increased. mRNA expression profiling revealed a consistent pattern of alterations in the global gene expression signature of MSC at different passages. These changes are not restricted to later passages, but are continuously acquired with increasing passages. Genes involved in cell cycle, DNA replication and DNA repair are significantly down-regulated in late passages. Genes from chromosome 4q21 were over-represented among differentially regulated transcripts. Differential expression of 10 genes has been verified in independent donor samples as well as in MSC that were isolated under different culture conditions. Furthermore, miRNA expression profiling revealed an up-regulation of hsa-mir-371, hsa-mir-369-5P, hsa-mir-29c, hsa-mir-499 and hsa-let-7f upon in vitro propagation. Our studies indicate that replicative senescence of MSC preparations is a continuous process starting from the first passage onwards. This process includes far reaching alterations in phenotype, differentiation potential, global gene expression patterns, and miRNA profiles that need to be considered for therapeutic application of MSC preparations.

Keywords: Adipocytes/chemistry; *Cell Aging; Cell Differentiation; *Cell Division; DNA Repair/genetics; DNA Replication/genetics; Gene Expression Profiling; Humans; Mesenchymal Stromal Cells/*cytology/metabolism; MicroRNAs/genetics
Journal: PloS one
Volume: 3
Issue: 5
Pages: e2213
Date: May 22, 2008
PMID: 18493317
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Wagner W, Horn P, Castoldi M, Diehlmann A, Bork S, Saffrich R, Benes V, Blake J, Pfister S, Eckstein V, Ho AD (2008) Replicative senescence of mesenchymal stem cells: a continuous and organized process. PloS one 3: e2213.

Lifespan Factors:
  • MIR217 microRNA 217
  • hsa-let-7f
  • MIR499 microRNA-449
  • MIRC29 microRNA 29c
  • MIR369 microRNA 369
  • MIR371A microRNA 371a

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