Cell and Tissue Research

, Volume 372, Issue 1, pp 67–75 | Cite as

Effects of over-expression of SOD2 in bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells on traumatic brain injury

  • Xiaodong Shi
  • Yunan Bai
  • Guodong Zhang
  • Yuguang Liu
  • Hang Xiao
  • Xiaogang Liu
  • Wei Zhang
Regular Article


Intravenous administration of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs) has been shown to promote nerve cell regeneration following traumatic brain injury (TBI). As the anti-oxidant defense systems in neuronal tissue including superoxide dismutase 2 (SOD2) are crucial to defend cell against oxidative stress. We proposed a new stratege to increase the therapeutic effect of MSCs by preventing cells death from oxidative stress. We overexpressed SOD2 in BM-MSCs, transplanted these MSCs into TBI model mice, assessed the protective effect of SOD2 against oxidation-induced apoptosis in BM-MSCs both in vitro and in vivo, evaluated brain functional recovery by the rotarod behavioral test, and tested the oxidation status of TBI mice brain after BM-MSCs transplantation by monitoring the superoxide dismutase, glutathione and malonaldehyde level. We found over-expression of SOD2 protected BM-MSCs from H2O2-induced cell apoptosis. Injection of SOD2 over-expressed BM-MSCs attenuated neuro-inflammation in the ipsilateral cortex of TBI mice, and protected TBI mice against loss of blood–brain barrier integrity. Furthermore, the rotarod behavioral test showed functional recovery of TBI mice after MSC treatment. Our experiments indicated that SOD2-over-expressed BM-MSCs have an improved therapeutic effect on brain injury treatment in TBI mice.


Traumatic brain injury (TBI) Mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) Superoxide dismutase 2 (SOD2) Oxidative stress Antioxidant 



This work was supported by Medical and Healthy Technology Development Program of Shandong Province (2015WS0069).

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Qilu HospitalJinanChina
  2. 2.Department of NeurosurgeryWeifang Yidu Central HospitalQingzhouChina

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