Child's Nervous System

, Volume 29, Issue 4, pp 549–563 | Cite as

Existence of glioma stroma mesenchymal stemlike cells in Korean glioma specimens

  • Young Goo Kim
  • Soyoun Jeon
  • Ga-Yeong Sin
  • Jin-Kyoung Shim
  • Bo-Kyung Kim
  • Hye-Jin Shin
  • Ji-Hyun Lee
  • Yong-Min Huh
  • Su-Jae Lee
  • Eui-Hyun Kim
  • Eun Kyung Park
  • Se-Hoon Kim
  • Jong Hee Chang
  • Dong Seok Kim
  • Sun Ho Kim
  • Yong-Kil Hong
  • Seok-Gu KangEmail author
  • Frederick F. Lang
Original Paper



It was presented that mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can be isolated from western glioma specimens. However, whether MSCs exist in glioma specimens of different ethnicities is unknown. To verify the existence of MSCs in an independent cohort, we undertook studies to isolate MSCs from a group of Korean patients. We hypothesized that cells resembling MSCs that were deemed mesenchymal stemlike cells (MSLCs) exist in an independent cohort of Korean gliomas.


We cultured fresh glioma specimens using the protocols used for culturing MSCs. The cultured cells were analyzed with fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) for surface markers associated with MSCs. Cultured cells were exposed to mesenchymal differentiation conditions. To presume possible locations of MSLCs in the glioma, sections of glioma were analyzed by immunofluorescent labeling for CD105, CD31, and NG2.


From nine of 31 glioma specimens, we isolated cells resembling MSCs, which were deemed Korean glioma stroma MSLCs (KGS-MSLCs). KGS-MSLCs were spindle shaped and adherent to plastic. KGS-MSLCs had similar surface markers to MSCs (CD105+, CD90+, CD73+, and CD45). KGS-MSLCs were capable of mesenchymal differentiation and might be located around endothelial cells, pericytes, and in a disorganized perivascular area inside glioma stroma.


We found that cells resembling MSCs indeed exist in an independent cohort of glioma patients, as presented in western populations. We could presume that the possible location of KGS-MSLCs was in perivascular area or in glioma stroma that was a disorganized vascular niche. It might be possible that KGS-MSLCs could be one of constituent of stroma of glioma microenvironment.


CD 105 Glioma stroma Mesenchymal stemlike cells Microenvironment Perivascular area 



This research was supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (2009–0071299 and 2010–0004506) and a grant from the National R&D Program for Cancer Control, Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs, Republic of Korea (1020340). The authors wish to acknowledge the financial support of the Catholic Medical Center Research Foundation made in the program year of 2010. We would also like to thank Hyun-Soo Mok for her technical support with the orthotopic glioma model and Yoon-Kyung Park for her technical support with the flow cytometry experimentation.

Conflict of interest



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Young Goo Kim
    • 1
  • Soyoun Jeon
    • 2
  • Ga-Yeong Sin
    • 2
  • Jin-Kyoung Shim
    • 1
  • Bo-Kyung Kim
    • 1
  • Hye-Jin Shin
    • 3
  • Ji-Hyun Lee
    • 1
  • Yong-Min Huh
    • 4
  • Su-Jae Lee
    • 5
  • Eui-Hyun Kim
    • 1
  • Eun Kyung Park
    • 1
  • Se-Hoon Kim
    • 6
  • Jong Hee Chang
    • 1
  • Dong Seok Kim
    • 1
  • Sun Ho Kim
    • 1
  • Yong-Kil Hong
    • 3
  • Seok-Gu Kang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Frederick F. Lang
    • 7
  1. 1.Department of Neurosurgery, Severance HospitalYonsei University College of MedicineSeoulRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Department of Medical ScienceThe Catholic University of Korea College of MedicineSeoulRepublic of Korea
  3. 3.Department of Neurosurgery, Seoul St. Mary’s HospitalThe Catholic University of Korea College of MedicineSeoulRepublic of Korea
  4. 4.Department of Radiology, Severance HospitalYonsei University College of MedicineSeoulRepublic of Korea
  5. 5.Department of ChemistryHanyang UniversitySeoulRepublic of Korea
  6. 6.Department of Pathology, Severance HospitalYonsei University College of MedicineSeoulRepublic of Korea
  7. 7.Department of NeurosurgeryThe University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA

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