Stem Cells From Umbilical Cord Wharton's Jelly From Preterm Birth Have Neuroglial Differentiation Potential

Messerli, Marianne; Wagner, Anna; Sager, Ruth; Mueller, Martin; Baumann, Marc; Surbek, Daniel V; Schoeberlein, Andreina (2013). Stem Cells From Umbilical Cord Wharton's Jelly From Preterm Birth Have Neuroglial Differentiation Potential. Reproductive sciences, 20(12), pp. 1455-1464. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage

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Objective:The aim of the study is to determine the neuroglial differentiation potential of human Wharton's jelly-derived mesenchymal stem cells (WJ-MSCs) from preterm birth when compared to term delivery.Study Design:The WJ-MSCs from umbilical cords of preterm birth and term controls were isolated and induced into neural progenitors. The cells were analyzed for neuroglial markers by flow cytometry, real-time polymerase chain reaction, and immunocytochemistry. Results:Independent of gestational age, a subset of WJ-MSC displayed the neural progenitor cell markers Nestin and Musashi-1 and the mature neural markers microtubule-associated protein 2, glial fibrillary acidic protein, and myelin basic protein. Neuroglial induction of WJ-MSCs from term and preterm birth resulted in the enhanced transcription of Nestin and Musashi-1.Conclusions:Undifferentiated WJ-MSCs from preterm birth express neuroglial markers and can be successfully induced into neural progenitors similar to term controls. Their potential use as cellular graft in neuroregenerative therapy for peripartum brain injury in preterm birth has to be tested.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Endocrinology (DFKE) > Clinic of Gynaecology
04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > BioMedical Research (DBMR) > Unit Childrens Hospital > Forschungsgruppe Pränatale Medizin

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Jörger, Marianne, Wagner, Anna Margaretha, Müller, Martin (A), Baumann, Marc, Surbek, Daniel, Schoeberlein, Andreina


500 Science
500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health








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04 Oct 2013 14:40

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29 Mar 2023 23:32

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