Current Pediatrics Reports

, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 99–106 | Cite as

Mesenchymal Stem/Stromal Cell Therapy for Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

  • Amélie CollinsEmail author
Neonatology (C Juliano, Section Editor)
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  1. Topical Collection on Neonatology


Purpose of Review

Clinical trials of mesenchymal stem/stromal cell (MSC) therapy for bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) are already underway. A thorough understanding of the preclinical work that underpins these trials is critical for neonatal practitioners to properly evaluate them.

Recent Findings

The more significant advances have been in investigating the mechanisms of action by which MSCs are thought to ameliorate BPD, and the recognition that this therapeutic effect is largely contained within the non-cellular exosome fraction of MSCs.


In rodent hyperoxia models of BPD, MSCs have a pro-angiogenic effect mediated largely by vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and shift the balance of endogenous lung cells from a pro-inflammatory to a pro-healing phenotype. MSC-derived exosomes can recapitulate these effects.


Mesenchymal stem cells Mesenchymal stromal cells Bronchopulmonary dysplasia Rodent hyperoxia models Neonatal intensive care unit 



The author would like to thank Jessica Shui for her contributions to earlier versions of this work, and Thomas Hooven for critical review of the manuscript.

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Conflict of Interest

The author declares that there is no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Neonatology-Perinatology, Department of PediatricsColumbia University Irving Medical CenterNew YorkUSA

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